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Pluggin it in the slots!

I have a very old computer and need a layout for the motherboard for the slot names a what goes where!

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    Heather Bjorkman May 11, 2010

    Hi, how old of a computer are we talking? Are you familiar with computer hardware in general? Generally speaking, a given card will only fit in it's corresponding slot in the correct direction, and most cords and other items are the same way.

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Hi mashett3,

Hear is the link www.pcmech.com where you can go and find out where everthing goes on your motherboard

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http://www.vprmatrix.com/products_desktop_2250.asp

That's okay though. I would like you to take a flashlight, and view the motherboard closely. I need to know who made the motherboard, and what the model number is.

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You may have already done this repeatedly, and have had no problems. All it takes is once.

For a test. Put the wand attachment above your head. Bring it to about 1 inch above your hair, parallel to the floor, and the nozzle end beyond the front of your face.

Have someone turn the vacuum on. Your hair lifts up. This is caused by Static.
Thank you for letting me say that.

It is Much better to use a can of compressed air for computers. Yes, I know it costs more, but it's cheaper than buying another computer.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Motherboard

Look at the photo on the upper right of the page. You can click on the photo to enlarge. The long white slots at the top of the motherboard, are PCI slots. The long Brown slot is an AGP slot. All are Expansion Slots.

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