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Using PC Card Devices

Almost all notebook computers now come with credit card-size PC Card slots for quickly adding or removing devices. A wide variety of devices can be found on PC Cards including network adapters, hard drives, SCSI adapters, modems, sound cards, video capture cards, and so forth. Windows 98 works with the PC Card controller on your notebook to activate these devices. As with docking stations, Windows 98 lets you insert and remove PC Cards on-the-fly (called hot-swapping) without rebooting the PC.

PC Card devices enable you to quickly expand the capability of your notebook without sacrificing the small size and travel weight of the base notebook platform. Notebooks come with two or three PC Card slots, so sometimes PC Card manufacturer's put two or more functions on one PC Card (such as a modem and a network adapter). Windows 98 improves over Windows 95 in the handling of multifunction PC Cards by automatically recognizing the individual functions of these types of cards. Windows 98 lets you configure and enable the functions separately.


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