I’m in a bit of a pickle right now…

It’s hard to believe that after all these years, a mundane technical problem can effectively shut down your operation pretty effectively. My work computer, which has been getting on in age, recently lost the use of its final USB port. This being a laptop, I’ve been profoundly frustrated by the fact that I have no way to actually interface with my system to allow me to record my shows. In a sense, I am dead in the water right now.

Perhaps there is a simple and cheap solution I have overlooked (hence writing this post), but I fear the only real solution is to try a build a cheap desktop computer that has the ability to change any parts that become damaged so one part malfunctioning doesn’t cause this kind of bottleneck anymore.

Naturally, even a cheap computer is not in the budget, so perhaps you guys can help figure out a solution to this problem. Think of it as your crack dealer’s oven is broken, and he can’t produce more crack to pay for a new one. Do you see his dilemma, and how that is also your problem now?

NOTE: I may have found a solution thanks to a fan who wishes to remain anonymous. More info to follow later.

Comments (5)

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    If you have a PCMCIA slot, go with Steve’s suggestion. If not, can you get a new motherboard for that machine? Probably cheaper than building something from scratch.

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    As Steve said, getting an adapter is the easiest and cheapest solution. Note that very old laptops will have a PCMCIA slot. Newer ones have an ExpressCard slot. Check your laptop’s specs because the slots look alike.

    Your other option is to repair your laptop by replacing the motherboard, as Darkpaw said. It’s much easier than it sounds. There are manuals online detailing exactly how to do it (with lots of pictures). I’ve had good luck with refurbished motherboards from reputable ebay sellers.

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    If you can spare $35, try buying Raspberry Pi http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raspberry_Pi

    Put linux (Raspbian distro) on it, and plug in your USB mic. That thing is definitely not fast, but for $35, what do you expect?

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