Product: Magma 2slot PCI and 4slo PCI, with PCMCIA and Ec54 card
Computer: Laptop Dell E series
Operating System: Win dows XP and Windows 7 (32bit and 64bit)
Question:Is there any compatibility issues using the Magma 2slot + Ec54 with Dell Laptop E series Models?
Answer:Yes, there is. It wont see the chassis. This information was based on the customers feedback / report
Using the 2slot chassis + ec54 (or PCMCIA) with Dell laptop E series models laptop, in Windows Device Manager it only detects the Magma expresscard or the Cardbus card and not the Expansion chassis.
Customers were able to fix the problem by switching to Dell model 6500 series.
Or Different brand of Laptops.
Dell E series / models runing Windows7 (32bit and 64bit) or Windoes XP are not compatible.
When connecting the Magma expansion chassis via Cardbus Card it won't see the chassis but it will detect the cardbus card.
Although computer via device manager detects the cardbus without any problem (i.e no yellow exclamation mark) it is unable to recognize the Magma chassis. Regardsless of how many times you updatethe BIOS or tried different combinations and permutations of troubleshooting it won't work at all.
The solution is to use a different model / brand of laptops.
I had the same issue. Using an old 2slot and 4slot expansion units that was built 7 yrs ago.
My magma works with my old Dell Laptop running WIndows XP. And after switching to new Dell E 5220 my Magma didn't work. Windows Device Manager only detected the first bridge, which is the magma PCMCIA card. It did not detect the Magma expansion chassis. We called Magma Tech Support and spent a lot of hours troubleshooting it and still unsuccessful.
I bought a new hp 8540w running Windows 7 (64bit) and using a new Ecard and new 2slot expansion chassis ( 64bit), and it finally worked.
I have a Dell Precision laptop running Windows 7 64 bits and appear to have the same issue trying to use a 2 slot expansion. Is that ever going to be fixed? This is a company laptop, changing it is not an option for me...
I could not find a driver for the EC54 for Windows 7. Is there one somewhere?
No driver for Magma EC54 for Windows 7.
Windows 7 itself has already the driver. It installs it automatically.
What about the issue I am having? Is that saying the same issue exists with also a Dell Precision and is not going to be fixed?
This similar issue exist on some Dell E series (54XX,64XX,65XX, 55XX and etc.)
The problem is not really related to magma hardware. The Magma hardware in this case is not defective. It is more on the laptop's BIOS.
It is something you have to experiment with other brand of laptops to see if the similar issue would occur or not.
Here's a list of compatible and incompatible laptops.
This information was based on reports from various end-users / customers.