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Unsure if my wireless PCI adapter will fit in my dimension 2400?

Hi guys, i'm going to purchase a netgear DG384G wireless modem router. For this to work, i need to purchase a netgear wireless PCI adapter like this*. According to the technical specifications of the dimension 2400 on this website^, the dimension 2400 has a 32-bit PCI expansion which is one of the adapter's specific requirements. However what the requirements exactly were was that it needed 'an available 32-bit PCI 2.2 compliant slot'. So i'm not really sure if my computer's PCI slot is "2.2 compliant", so i really need to know what it means. Also my dimension 2400 PCI slots are of one long slot and another small slot next to it as you can see in the picture of the motherboard#. However as you can see in the PCI adapter pic there is one small one, one medium one and another small one. Also what is the long black sticking out of the left side of the card??

PCI adapter* http://i14.ebayimg.com/06/i/001/29/58/e114_1.JPG

technical specification website for dimension 2400* http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dim2400/en/sm_en/specs.htm

dell dimension 2400 motherboard pic* http://www.pcstats.com/articleimages/200407/dellDIM2400_mobo.jpg

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  • ginger_man07 Jan 10, 2009


    preachw996 writes:

    "You can get your systems exact specs on the Dell website under the support page"

    Just like the 2nd link i provided?

  • ginger_man07 Jan 10, 2009

    Also what is the long black stick sticking out of the left side of the card??

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You can get your systems exact specs on the Dell website under the support page. Hope this helps.

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    Roy Lonsinger Jan 10, 2009

    Yes you are right. Sorry I didn't catch that as I was looking at the adapter specs, but that doc is the only one that would tell you if your board is pci 1 or pci 2.2 as both slots look the same on motherboards. Dell would be your best source of info on your motherboard as they did not use industry standard boards on the 2400.

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    Roy Lonsinger Jan 10, 2009

    That's the antenna.

  • Roy Lonsinger
    Roy Lonsinger Jan 10, 2009

    I researched your system further & it is not a pci 2.2 system. You would be wasting your $$ to buy the wireless card you had picked out. You need a wireless card that is pci not pci 2.2. Sorry I didn't get it all right the first time.

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