Installing a firewire pci Card onto my HP Compaq dc5000 Small Form Factor PC
Hi guys, hope someone can help, i have recently bought a 4 slot firewire pci card to install on my computer to allow me to connect to my dv camcorder. The only problem is that my computer tower is a min unit (HP Compaq dc5000) and the slots are about 3 inches too small!! my card is actually larger that the tower itself!! any ideas as to how to get a smaller card or even a way to get it in easily without damaging it. can u get a firewire hub that will go into a usb slot? sorry if im being completely stupid but im not very good at these things!
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Re: Installing a firewire pci Card onto my HP Compaq...
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.
Also, there are different sizes of PCI cards available. You have to shop around to find an apropriate size.
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The HP DC7600 Ultra Slim Desktop only has either onboard Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset graphics or a single PCI slot for you to add a PCI (not PCI-express) graphics card.
The system board does have a PCI-express slot, however this is not fully implimented by HP and is only used to run a secondary additional monitor from the onboard Intel Chipset graphics when used with an HP-specific adapter.
AGP is not present on the system board and is therefore not supported.
On a related note, also be aware that some PCI graphics cards required the PCI 2.2 bus standard to be supported in the PC - I have no idea if the Ultra-Slim actually supports this, so do further research to ensure compatability before purchase of any PCI graphics card for your machine.
Hi W Matt - Unfortunately your PC has only PCI slots available, no dedicated video slots like AGP or PCI-e.
You can get a PCI card with better/faster graphics than you have but the difference won't be dramatic.
If you want something to run Windows 7 in full graphics (Aero) mode and some games at medium settings I would recommend a card using the Nvidia 8400gs chipset. It's a fairly inexpensive card made by many manufacturers and won't put a strain on your systems small power supply.
You must remember that you need a PCI card that is also a low profile version.
I've created a search for what you need at Newegg (an online seller) and you can view the kind of card you need HERE.
Your local computer store should have a wireless card. Make sure to find a small form factor card though. You should have an open PCI slot for it. If your unsure just take the computer in to your local computer store and they can open it up and help you out.
Hi, uninstalling the onboard video will only be reinstalled by Windows next time you boot up. Disabling it in the Device Manager might and mght not do the trick if your mb is set on using the onboard.
You might want to try and disable the onboard video in the CMOS/BIOS set-up. In some instances, you are asked in the BIOS what video will be used such as onboard, AGP or PCI or a selection of something like that. Also you can try and not allocating any memory to the onboard video.
Hope this be of some help. Pls post again how things turn up. Good luck.