PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards Memory Card Devices FAQ

Contents
Will my Linear Flash Card work in my operating system?
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Linux
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with DOS and Windows 3.1X
Windows Readers for PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Card Memory
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 95
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 98
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 98 SE
PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 2000
Using PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Card Memory with Recent Windows Systems
About Attribute (2K or 8K Attribute) in PCMCIA SRAM and Linear Flash PC Card Memory
PCMCIA SRAM and Linear Flash PC Card Memory with Windows Server 2003
PCMCIA SRAM and Linear Flash PC Card Memory with The Windows Vista

Will my Linear Flash Card work in my operating system?

Only if your operating system vendor provides drivers. Card readers and PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards do not come with drivers for PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards, it has always been the OS vendor's responsibility to include support or you will have to purchase a Card and Socket Services software package from a third party vendor.

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Linux

Please see Linux PCMCIA HOWTO 4.7 PCMCIA memory cards.

PCMCIA Linear Flash
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PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with DOS and Windows 3.1X

For DOS and Windows 3.1X: PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards need a DOS version of a Card and Socket Services Program. Please check to see if you have this running, if not, contact your notebook PC vendor or card reader manufacturer. Some of the vendors listed or linked to on the PC Card support for MS Windows NT 4.0 page also make Card and Socket Services packages for other legacy Microsoft operating systems.

Windows Readers for PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Card Memory

OMNIDriveUSB Pro LF and OMNIDrive Pro are external read-writers for PCMCIA Linear Flash, SRAM, and ATA Flash PC Cards. Their specialized software package allow Windows users to access, view, manipulate and even copy via binary images, the data on PCMCIA Memory PC Cards. For built-in PC Card slots, see our software page.

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PCM-CR-P1EX3
Parallel Port to PC Card Read-Writer 1 Slot + SRAM/Linear
The PCM-CR-P1EX3 provides a specialized hardware/software bundle which allows Windows systems to work with PCMCIA SRAM, Linear Flash, and ATA Flash PC Cards

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 95

You may want to try these instructions from the 'Users of TrueFFS Flash File System for PCMCIA Cards' section of the Windows 95 CD-ROM Hardware.txt File. However, this is untested and unsupported by Synchrotech and is reproduced here as a service only.

Users of TrueFFS Flash File System for PCMCIA Cards. The MS-DOS or Windows 3.1 versions of the TrueFFS driver will not work with the Windows 95 PCMCIA driver. To work with FTL formatted Linear Flash PCMCIA cards when the Windows 95 PCMCIA driver is enabled, you must install a new Windows 95 device driver provided by M-Systems. To do this, carry out the following procedure:

  1. In Control Panel, double-click the Add New Hardware icon.
  2. Click Next, and then click the option not to have Windows search for your new hardware.
  3. Click Hard Disk Controllers, and then click Next.
  4. From the list, click M-Systems.
  5. Click the specific Flash Card, and then click Next. Then follow the instructions on your screen.

NOTE: If M-Systems is not shown in the list, click Have Disk, and then insert the M-Systems Windows 95 installation disk and follow the instructions on your screen.

Otherwise, you may want to locate a Card and Socket Services software vendor for Windows 95. Some of the vendors listed or linked to on the PC Card support for MS Windows NT 4.0 page also make Card and Socket Services packages for other legacy Microsoft operating systems.

The following information may be of use with Windows 95:

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows NT 3.51 and 4.0

For NT 3.51 and 4.0: You need a NT version of a Card and Socket Services software program on your system. Please contact your notebook PC vendor or card reader manufacturer. Please see our PC Card support for MS Windows NT 4.0 FAQ page for more information.

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 98

Use the drivers supply by Windows 98. These drivers are located in the following directory in the Windows 98 CDROM:

   \drivers\storage\ftl\trueffs.inf

to install these drivers, do this:

  • Remove all PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards from the PC Card socket
  • Right click on \drivers\storage\ftl\trueffs.inf This will create a directory in your windows directory called TFFS9X
  • Once this directory is installed, all of the necessary drivers are installed.
  • Add LASTDRIVE=Z statement on the CONFIG.SYS
  • Restart your system
  • Both slots are now PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards card compatible

The following information may be of use with Windows 98:

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 98 SE

The instructions above for Windows 98 should work with 98 Second Edition. However, this is untested and unsupported by Synchrotech and is reproduced here as a service only.

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows Millennium

The MS-DOS or Windows 3.1 version of the TrueFFS driver does not work with the Windows Millennium PCMCIA driver. To work with FTL-formatted Linear Flash PCMCIA cards in Windows Millennium, install the device driver provided by M-Systems.

To install the device driver:

  1. In Windows Explorer, go to the \Drivers\Storage\Flash folder on your Windows Millennium CD.
  2. Right-click the file Trueffs.inf, and then click Install.
  3. Restart your computer.

Your PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards and SRAM cards will now function. For more information see Microsoft's Windows Millennium Edition Hardware.txt File page.

PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Cards with Windows 2000

Please see Windows 2000 Work Around for PC Card Linear Flash and SRAM. The best solution is an OMNIDrive either in USB or Parallel versions. See Windows Readers for PCMCIA Linear Flash and SRAM PC Card Memory for more information.

Using PCMCIA Linear Flash PC Card Memory with Recent Windows Systems

Please see Windows 2000/XP/Server 2003/Vista Solutions for PCMCIA SRAM and Linear Flash PC Cards.

About Attribute (2K or 8K Attribute) in PCMCIA SRAM and Linear Flash PC Card Memory

For devices that don't support the full Card Services standard, this CIS-like 2K or 8K storage tuple essentially informs the device what type of card has been inserted and in cases of storage cards, the capacity of the card. SRAM and Linear Flash are examples of cards that are available with or without a 2K or 8K Attribute. Types of devices that require attribute are usually lab equipment, embedded systems, PDAs and the like. For the most part, notebook computers support Card Services, and hence don't require attribute. When in question, check your device's documentation or contact you device manufacturer.

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