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elgato
10-01-2009, 04:44 PM
i have an Echo Indigo I/O which i was using for my pc laptop, which is now deceased

i now have a iMac, which has only usb and firewire...

is there any way for me to use my old card with my mac?

any help would be very greatly appreciated :)

jambo
10-01-2009, 05:08 PM
Don't think there is such a thing. It's unlikely cos PCMCIA runs at higher speeds with more bandwidth than FW or USB2.

People have had the same trouble with most PC laptops going ExpressCard now, although there are adaptors soundcards can still be a bit tricky.

reeltoreel
10-01-2009, 05:24 PM
There are things like this -

http://delock.com/produkte/gruppen/PCMCIA/UMTS_SLASH_3G_PCMCIA_drive_-_USB_to_CardBus_20542.html

http://sewelldirect.com/U142-USB-to-Cardbus-Adapter-for-3G-High-Speed-Modem-PCMCIA-Cards.asp?OVRAW=usb%20to%20pcmcia%20adapter&OVKEY=usb%20to%20pcmcia%20adapter&OVMTC=standard&OVADID=6480850512&OVKWID=78361287512

They're not cheap though :eek:

jambo
10-01-2009, 05:30 PM
Oh there are!

I had no idea.

bnek
11-01-2009, 06:24 AM
your imac should have an express card slot - in which case you could also use one of these adapters: http://www.synchrotech.com/products-expc/expresscard-pcmcia-pc_cardbus_dueladapter_01.html

im not sure, but i think you would get less latency using one of these than using a usb adapter.

elgato
12-01-2009, 12:55 PM
thanks for the advice everyone :)

doesn't look like its really worth it though does it, probably better off getting a new soundcard if im laying out that much just to convert, which would probably cause a fair bit of latency anyway...