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Old 06-20-2011, 11:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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A relative of mine apparently got a laptop a number of years ago for use with some specialized software and hardware. She never got to use it due to life pressures and when she finally pulled it out of storage it didn't work, so I've been asked to see if there's anything I can do. Obviously one option is to try tracking down a replacement but I don't know what kind of connector this is, and of course she's long since lost any documentation.

Any guesses as to what it is would be greatly appreciated.

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That is an ancient printer port. I can't remember what you cal that. Its a very flat cable.
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Ooh that's good news, if it's a printer port I can probably track down some sort of adapter should it come to that.
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Its a printer parrellel port. Theses usb adapter cables on newegg for like 10 bucks.
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I thought parallel ports were smaller. Is this like it's twin fatter sister?
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Yeah, this is a parallel port:






That (original image in the OP) is a docking connector.
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Yeah this isn't a parallel port, I know that much. This one is almost twice as wide. Also I think parallel ports utilize pins (the port having holes for the pins to enter), whereas this one looks to use a card-like contact (think old game cartridges) on each side of the middle separator (as in one above and one below).

Sorry, I didn't think to get a picture showing that. You can make out the two slots and maybe even see the internal connections if you look/zoom hard enough, though I can't on my phone.
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You just missed my edit:
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That (original image in the OP) is a docking connector.
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You're right, I did miss that. (I blame my phone typing).

Docking connector as in docking station as in that connection isn't special, it's the peripheral it connects to that could be?

Not docking like a modern usb laptop dock, but relatively the same concept I take it?
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Looks like external SCSI, it would be helpful if you could at least say what the device (make and model) in the picture is and what it connects to.

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