This is a theme I've seen before; I start a new thread as the old ones are, well, old, and I have some new ideas.
As quite often happens the mechanical button for the PCMCIA slot in an oldish laptop has failed (it won't come out). Cards can be plugged in OK, but are very difficult to remove, have to be pulled out without benefit of ejector. The proper procedure is to disassemble the thing enough to see if it's actually broken or just out of place; if not to replace the motherboard or salvage a PCMCIA subunit from a scrap one. There doesn't seem to be any other solution; I've Googled around a bit and everyone says the same. But it strikes me that there are things to do to work round this problem (a genuine problem for me, I'm keeping this old machine running because I need PCMCIA SCSI).
The card (cards actually) I'm using all fit flush, so are very hard to remove. A question arises: why do PCMCIA cards have unpluggable cables? I suppose so you can replace a cable (more likely to fail than a card) without throwing the whole lot away. But I've never done that after using a lot of PCMCIA cards, a lot of times. No cable has ever failed; when a card without a cable has come into my possession I've rarely been able to source the cable (but never really tried). And none of my cards has any alternative type of cable that needs changing.
Workaround 1: So why not glue the cable to the card? I then have a solid unit I can push in and pull out to my heart's content. Does anyone have any reason not to do this? What sort of glue - epoxy is the obvious choice? It's an insulator; the only thing is to make sure not to get it between the pins and the socket and insulate them. And hope not to have one of those situations you resolve by wiggling the connector a bit. In the very worst case it might be possible to chip the glue off, but that shouldn't happen.
Workaround 2: A bit less drastic: glue some sort of tab on the card. A thinnish piece of cloth might do (tough plastic might be hard to glue). I don't think it will be thick enough to prevent plugging the card in. Hopefully the glue bond (in both workarounds) will be stronger than the pins' grip. Relatively easy to cut/scrape off if it comes to that. Comments, suggestions?
If Expresscards are subject to the same problem, these workarounds may apply.
Any comments? Maybe people who Google this thread will find it useful. Hello Google: stuck jammed unplug eject adhesive needle-nose pliers cardbus repair fix