From: Pavel A. on
Maybe all these laptops have been preinstalled with a wrong driver for the
PCMCIA controller.
When you installed XP yourself, it properly detected the controller
and installed the right driver.
If you wish to follow on this issue with Dell or Panasonic, their support
should be able to verify this guess.

"Kelvin" <me(a)> wrote in message
> I have three laptops what have about the same issue.
> We use Verizon Air Cards that use the PCMCIA slot. Verizon card model
> number PC770 if it matters.
> I had a Dell laptop that was doing this and Dell ended up replacing the
> mother board as it seemed it was a hardware issue.
> With the new mother board in there was still no power (no lights on on the
> card) to the card.
> Ended up deleting the partition and reinstalling XP.
> The card now works.
> Did the same to a Dell PC Monday. Reinstalled XP from scratch, cards
> works.
> I have a Panasonic Toughbook I'm having the same issue with.
> I really don't want to have to reinstall the OS as it's has a number of
> specialty apps our mechanics use, and I have to send it off to be reimages
> as a result. I don't have access to the apps...
> Anyone run across this issue and found a solution?
> Anyone have any idea how to get this resolved?
> I can take a known good card and put it in my laptop and it works, put it
> in the laptop in questions, doesn't work.
> Take the card that the user had been using and put it in my laptop and it
> works.
> Very frustrating.
> Any help would be much appreciated!
> Kelvin