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Agent_24
08-12-2009, 03:00 PM
Apparently, CompactFlash cards are identical electrically to IDE drives, which is why they can be connected to IDE ports via a simple adaptor

Why then, can you also buy things like Ethernet cards which run on compactflash interface?

I expect plugging these into your IDE port would not result in a working ethernet card.

What am I missing?

PaulD
08-12-2009, 04:41 PM
Why then, can you also buy things like Ethernet cards which run on compactflash interface?



forget it, wrong answer :)

Chilling_Silence
09-12-2009, 06:15 AM
Back in the days they were used for Cellphones, to provide them with additional connectivity. Same for certain SD Cards that you could buy which provided you with WiFi.

Agent_24
09-12-2009, 11:12 AM
So does it work similarly to USB then? You can just put whatever you like provided the device has the correct firmware to tell the host what it is?

Chilling_Silence
09-12-2009, 12:49 PM
AFAIK kind of, yes...

Speedy Gonzales
09-12-2009, 12:55 PM
You can also replace Ipod hdd's with one (well on some, that have the connection for it, dunno about the later Ipods). Saved wear and tear I suppose. But you'll have less space