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PCI Slots dead?

Nothing I plug into my PCI slots work eg Video card, usb/firewire card - they are not detected by the PC. I would plug them into my sons PC and they work but not in mine.

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    right type of pci ? SATA or IDE

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What operating syetem and how old is the machine???
need more info. please
lalso, what make and mode is the PCI card???

Posted on Oct 13, 2008

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Is the hp a1330n usb 3.0 compatible? Mine doesn't even have the "pci-e" mini slots for plugging in a usb 3.0 card. Is my only option is replacing the motherboard with one that has pci-e slots?


- You can use PCIe x16 slot (if using onboard graphics adapter) and PCIe/USB 3.0 card (data transfer rates up to 5 Gbit/s, i.e. 10x faster than USB 2.0).
- Or use PCI/USB 3.0 card (for legacy PCI slots to support the USB 3.0 standard), which allows data transfer rates up to 1.3 Gbit/s (3x faster than USB 2.0).
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Is there always a free slot for a video card on motherboards that have integrated video cards


Most motherboards have expansion slots, you need to identify the type of expansion slots that are installed eg. PCI. AGP etc.
If your motherboard has an AGP slot (this slot is for graphics card) then purchase an AGP graphics card.
You may need to disable the on-board graphics card in the BIOS setup.

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How can I add firewire to my HP s5730f slimline when the pci express slots are blocked? Is there a pci card I can use to add firewire?


Hi, yes, you should be able to add a firewire card that goes into a spare PCI slot inside your computer. I have provided some links for you to have a look at.

http://shop.ebay.co.uk/items/__pci+firewire+card_W0QQ_dmdZ2?rvr_id=225057574812&crlp=2874201279_284591_284611&UA=WVI7&GUID=55fa9e2812f0a5aac495e335fff88dad&agid=1381991649&tm_kw=pci+firewire+card&siteid=3&MT_ID=11&tt_encode=raw&keyword=pci+firewire+card&geo_id=21&ff4=284591_284611

http://www.amazon.co.uk/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=firewire+800+card&tag=googhydr-21&index=aps&hvadid=6983137693&ref=pd_sl_5zy4ohv55t_b

http://www.ebuyer.com/store/Peripherals/cat/USB-----Firewire-----I---O-&-HBA/subcat/Firewire-IEEE--1394-Cards

When you say your pci express slots are blocked, do you mean that you have a card, likely a video card, already installed in your pci express slot? You should have available pci slots anyway and you can purchase a fireward card and install it yourself. If you are unsure about this then you can do a search on youtube as there are lots of how to videos on there regarding this type of installation. Good luck. Andrew

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I have an old emachine it has a regular phone connection and i want to update it to ethernet connection can you help me?


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This is a PCI Network Card. It plugs into a PCI expansion slot on your computer. You will need to install the drivers for this network card to work properly.


How to install a network card Some newer computers come with network interfaces built in - your machine carefully for a socket that looks like a large telephone socket with a network_symbol.jpg next to it. These are sometimes hidden behind a flap or on the corner of your laptop next to the modem socket.
If you haven't got a network interface already on your machine you will have to install a network interface card. These are available to buy from the IT Service Desk.
  • USB Adaptors simply plug into a USB port.
  • PCMCIA Cards for laptops slot in a free PCMCIA slot on the side of your machine.
  • PCI Cards are a bit more fiddly and require you to open up your machine.
  • We advise that you use a USB adaptor for ease of installation
Instructions on how to fit a PCI network interface card.
  1. Shut down Windows and then turn the computer off and unplug it. Never work in your computer's insides with the power on or the power cord plugged in!
  2. Remove the cover from your computer. There are normally a number of screws on the outside of the case to remove. Put the screws someplace where they won't wander off.
  3. Find an unused expansion slot inside the computer. The expansion slots are lined up in a neat row near the back of the computer. All new computers have at least three or four slots known as PCI slots.
  4. Many older computers also have several slots known as ISA slots. You can distinguish ISA slots from PCI slots by noting the size of the slots. PCI slots are smaller than ISA slots, so you can't accidentally insert a PCI card in an ISA slot or vice versa. Figure 2 shows the different types of slots. PCI slots are white, ISA slots are black
  5. When you find the right type of slot that doesn't have a card in it, remove the metal backplate from the back of the computer's chassis. A small retaining screw holds the backplate in place. Remove the screw, pull the backplate out, keep it in a safe place in case you ever want to remove the network card.
  6. Insert the network card into the slot. Line up the connectors on the bottom of the card with the connectors in the expansion slot, and then press the card straight down. Sometimes you have to press uncomfortably hard to get the card to slide into the slot.
  7. Ignored the little cable that came with the card, you can chuck this in the bin. It is a Wake-On-LAN connector and isn't required for your card to work.
  8. Secure the network card with the screw that you removed in Step 4.
  9. Put the computer's case back together. Watch out for the loose cables inside the computer; you don't want to pinch them with the case as you slide it back on. Secure the case with the screws that you removed in Step 2.
  10. Turn the computer back on.

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Usb1 upgrade to USB2


You mean USB 1.0 to 2.0, yes you can. As long as you have a PCI vacant slot inside your pc.
You just need to purchase a usb 2.0 PCI card.
You will have new USB slots. You will need to use those new slots to benefit from 2.0( it will do nothing to the older 1.0 slots) .

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I need help choosing a video card - part 2


PCI is the older, slower format, PCIe is newer and faster, but your system MUST support PCIe or it won't work.
So easy option is to find if your system supports PCIe and then get whichever is suitable.

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Firewire with video camera


You can purchase a firewire card that will fit into a PCI slot on your motherboard. It is really very easy to install, phillips' screwdriver (2PT) is the only tool you'll require. REMOVE POWER CORD, pop open the side, look for two or three white slots about 5" long towards the bottom...that is a PCI slot. Now look at the card you are going to put in, you'll see you need to remove another silver colored rear slot cover that is even with the PCI slot...just take your time and slide it into the PCI slot and the silver slot at the sametime. Put one screw in it close'er up run the software that came with it and bingo your video camera will work with you puter.
Hope you got this...it is really simple (plug it back in after replacing the side panel)
good luck, please leave a rating, thank you kindly

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Nothing detected on PCI slots


it seems your pci slots are dead plz try with other pci card if it is detect then ok otherwise you ask for replacement

Apr 28, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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Well i don't have a fire wire connection


Hi,

To my knowledge there is no simple adapter that would interface Firewire to USB. Though both are high-speed bus, there is significant difference between the technologies involved that they can't be joined/integrated nor is it possible to connect a USB device to a Firewire port either directly or vice-versa. Most if not all on the market are a dual/combination Firewire/USB hub but not an adapter.

Alternately:
1. If your computer is a desktop, there are PCI cards that plugs in to one of your PCI slots whose inputs are Firewire based. Here is an example; or
2. If your computer is a laptop, there are PCMCIA cards with Firewire ports. Here is an example .

Pls be reminded that there are 4-pin & 6-pin FireWire DV Cable.

Hope this be of some help/idea. Pls post back how things turned out or should you be in need of additional information.

Good luck and kind regards.

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Installing a firewire pci Card onto my HP Compaq dc5000 Small Form Factor PC


Hi, Actually there are various types of customized firewire connections for your computer. Here is a link to view some products that might work with your computer. http://www.firewire-1394.com/firewire-usb-combo.htm Also, there are different sizes of PCI cards available. You have to shop around to find an apropriate size.

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