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- Monday, January 15th, 2001 Like Share



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DH Apr 4, 01
I have not had any luck with my DataChute PCI at all.

When any of my PCMCIA cards was inserted into DataChute, sometimes
I heard a long beep, sometimes I heard a short beep, other times I
got none.

I had installed and reinstalled the DataChute PCI driver, but
I got the same results. I know my PCMCIA cards are good (they
are a smartmedia card, a modem card and a LAN card) because they
all worked fine in my laptop. I suspect the DataChute driver were
not installed properly (or Windows did not pick up the right driver),
however Windows did not report any device conflicts!

I have tried to contact ANTEC, but so far I have not received
any reply. Any help?

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Steve Allen Nov 8, 01
Sorry, but this reader is a piece of crap! The drivers don't work under Win Me, 2000 or XP. Perfectly useless!
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Michael Beygelman Nov 22, 01
I actually had this thing working perfect on my Win2k box (used a linksys wireless network card, flash cards...no - problems). I just moved it to a WinMe box and quickly found that drivers are needed. I have searched high and low and cannot find my box (with the software disk).

Can someone zip up the files on their disk and e-mail them to me? My email address is mike@iamindependent.com. I would be very greatful.

Thanks,
Mike.
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Michael Beygelman Nov 22, 01
I looked high and low.
Mike.
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Entity Nov 22, 01
Hey Michael, I emailed you the zip.

Good luck.
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Michael Beygelman Nov 22, 01
THANK YOU!! I will try them out tonight.
Regards,
Mike.
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George Staehle Apr 6, 02
I've lost my driver disk, I'm trying to install in NT4. E-Mail please.

Thanks in advance,
-George Staehle
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FreeDigi4u Jun 18, 02
Hello, I do have serious problems with this product as well. The delivered drivers did not support XP home and no PCMCIA card can be idendified after inserting. The System manager claims always IRQ conflict after the product driver installation. Deactivating other PC devices does not help.
On the same PC, Win98SE as new OS is installed. Drivers installed and indentified correctly in System Manager, however all my PCMCIA cards (HDD card, Ethernet, ISDN) are causing IRQ conflict after inserting. System reboot does not help. Driver Version is 4.0. Any Help, Work around or Updated drives??
Your support is appreciated.
Regards
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bill blass Jun 28, 02
This thing works under win 98 fine. It DOES NOT work AT ALL on my WIN XP machine... THEY SAY IT IS COMPATIBLE WITH XP AND IT IS NOT!!!!!
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bill blass Jun 28, 02
*****I TAKE BACK MY PREVIOUS POST *****

***IT WORKS FINE UNDER WINDOWS XP*****

I had to update my bios and ide drivers.
I also got a hotfix from microsoft (Q279256 and Q318213 and Q310772)

I am now running a ni.com pcmcia data acquisition card on my desktop pc!!!!
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xfb Aug 3, 02
I also am having problems with this device. Same symptoms as other users i.e. the device installs ok but any card inserted gives the "code12 cannot assign resources problem". It seems to want to hog irq0. I have had a chap from Microsoft's support forum trying to help but to date to no avail. A query to Antec just elicited their standard "well it should work ok" reply. I'll give it a week and will return the reader for my money back.
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Clayd333 Aug 13, 02
Have also searched high and low for the driver disk and cannot find it. I would greatly appreciate it if someone would forward it to me. Thank you,

Clay
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Entity Aug 13, 02
Anyone who needs the drivers, please go to the Download Page for the Antec Datachute Product:

http://www.neoseeker.com/Hardware/Products/datachutepci/downloads.html

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Ongle Oct 3, 02
I just got one of these (PCI version), and its pretty weird. When its in my Network card disappears (no ! in device manager, according to xp everything is fine). And my sole PCMCIA card (a wireless modem) doesn't work, again XP says it is there and working fine but it just doesn't work.

If I delete the reader device and reboot, XP finds the reader and says that I need to reboot for it to work correctly. If I ignore that and don't reboot my PCMCIA card works perfectly. But once I reboot it doesn't work at all.

I am current on all XP updates, so I am at a loss over what to do.

Does anybody know of a superior PCI based PCMCIA reader/writer on the market?
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