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USB port is broken

By Busygrant ยท 5 replies
Jul 10, 2004
  1. I need help, my wife has a IBM Thinkpad and her usb port broke, its too expensive to replace it. I trying to find a way to connect a serial port and make it a usb port. I would use the pci card with usb serial ports but she needs that slot for her wireless internet card. Can Someone please help me with this problem.
  2. Raiders

    Raiders TS Rookie Posts: 69

    I would think your at best,, Unlucky.
    Not to be rude or anything but care should've been taken to not break the port,,Also arent USB ports in pairs?
    shop around for the most inexpencive repair shop.
    im not sure if thare is a "adapter" to help you out
    I may be wrong though LOL
    Good luck.
  3. Rick

    Rick TechSpot Staff Posts: 4,572   +65

    Most laptops have two PCMCIA slots, which may together in "one slot" to speak. Are you positive it is only 1?

    If you are concerned about 1 card taking up too much space (many USB cards can occupy two slots), they make dongle-based USB PCMCIA cards which will definitely work in a single slot. And then you can always creatively arrange your PC Cards. Wireless will probably fit on the bottom in a single slot and then a USB card which may occupy two slots would only take up one on the top.

    Otherwise, the only solution is to have it repaired a shop, which can get very expensive. The shop I work would charge nearly $150 to $200 for the work... Possibly even more depending on how bad it is. And just to look at it (whether it is repairable or not) is $65.

    I happen to do some simliar work myself, at the shop.
  4. Busygrant

    Busygrant TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thank you so much for your help. I found a PCMCIA card with two usb ports and it works great. Its nice to know there are people who really want to help you. Thanks again for everything

  5. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 4,172

    Not a problem Busygrant, that's what we are here for. Best of luck to you in the future and hopefully we'll see you back ;)
  6. Busygrant

    Busygrant TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm not going anywhere else you guys have been great. Thanks again
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