I've just tried this myself with an encouraging partial success today. I've used my £12 8gb Sandisk SDHC card with this, which arrived this morning for £10:http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/290373959850? ... 569wt_1308
I've installed Linux Mint 9 just as a test. I'd already partitioned the SD card with gparted but then let the mint installer do its thing. That had already proved a bit heavy for my T22 but I think I need a higher class of SD card. This is a 4 I think and maybe a 10 would be fine - I got the card in a supermarket so I expect they didn't go for the best, just casual camera use. I'm seeing the CPU useage seem to veer between 30% and 70%, no appearance of idling, which could be the distro in use or the card's fault? (More of the swap was being used than with Xubuntu which I had a few days ago and which often showed very low CPU use.) Programs open a bit slow compared to Windows 2000, whether due to the distro or the card. Fitting the adapter wasn't too hard - didn't have to take the keyboard bezel off after removing the keyboard, hd and dvd drive, but just undid its three hidden screws on the base and gently stretch it away to make finger room. There is a little hook/catch by the pcmcia card slot which needs unclipping which I almost overlooked and might have broke otherwise.
sudo hdparm -tT /dev/sda
cached 125.75 MB/s
buffered 8.80 MB/s
Hadn't used that command before (abbreviated results) and don't really understand it, obviously not as good as DRobinson's Compact Flash card though.
I'm inclined to try XP but it sounds like a bit of a hassle. A bit of reading maybe this afternoon... But I'll try a lighter Linux distro first.
Still hot on the bottom by the drive though, which suggests it is the bit of circuit board by the ram or the ram making that heat. The SD-IDE adaptor is suspended in the air apart from at the point of connection and not conducting much like the hard drive was. (Just as long as it's not a risky, flammable adapter! The seller has good feedback though.)
Are Compact Flash cards better intrinsically or just what some people happen to have to hand? (Reading the specs, some 133x cards say they have 25mb/s read time, some 65mb/s, some 133mb/s which makes the term 133x seem a bit meaningless?)
Edit: It is a class 4 I was using. That would be the weak link wouldn't it, they're useless for video in a camera. While I wait for a 16gb class 10 (SanDisk Extreme 45mb/s) to arrive I can get my head round how to install XP. I've just read in the Comments following a YouTube demo of the Sd-IDe adapter that XP needs a 50 or 55mb/s read time though so this might explain some troubles mentioned in the thread?