USB PC Card Driver Tip & MacAlly USB CardBus Shipping

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Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
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Lucius Kwok

While browsing the PowerList, I found a helpful tip for people using CardBus USB cards with their Wall Street. Stefan says:

I found the solution my USB problems (Wallstreet I/250, MacAllyUSB PCMCIAcard and the latest Apple USB driver). If I enable processor cycling the computer freezes a few seconds afteraccessing the USB drivers. It doesn’t depend on running on battery or ACpower, but only on switching processor cycling on or off.

So turn off processor cycling in the Energy Saver control panel to avoid crashes with CardBus USB cards. Because the drivers are still in beta-testing stage, you can expect to find bugs like these if you choose to use them.

Also, the MacAlly USB PC Cards (aka CardBus) are now shipping, but you will need to use the beta-version drivers. If you’re an expert Mac user willing to be on the cutting-edge (and willing to beta-test for Apple), go ahead and use these ‘developer-only’ drivers and use USB devices now, instead of waiting for Apple to get around to releasing the drivers. One PowerPage reader sends us his positive experience with the MacAlly card:

Just thought I’d let you know, the USB to CardBus adapter I saw at the MacWorld Expo this summer, and preordered immediately after, has finally shipped after 4 months of waiting from MacConnection. Instead of the floppy disk that was included in the packaging I saw at the Expo, they’ve included a small pamplet that directs you to Apple’s site to download the drivers. After downloading the USB developer kit, installing some extensions, and performing a minor ResEdit hack, I’m happy to report that the unit functions beautifully! I’ve tested it with my Epson Stylus Photo 750, a USB Zip 100, and an iMac keyboard and mouse. Not a single problem. Well worth the wait!

I still don’t know why Apple hasn’t released the drivers yet, but you figure they’ve been working on them for over a year and a half now, so they have had plenty of time. Still waiting….

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