question about HP motherboard

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July 7, 2010 at 09:54:12
Specs: irrelevent, 300 MHZ AMD K6-2
I have an HP Pavilion 7867 and while I was installing an add-in card, I saw what looked to be the kind of connector on the bottom of an AGP graphics card. Does anyone know what this is? so far I have two guesses:
1. it is a proprietary testing prot
2. it is a way to plug the motherboard into an AGP slot and have two processors on a computer or otherwise use the hardware that exists on the motherboard

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July 7, 2010 at 10:49:38
I've seen a few boards like that. You can use that edge connector to convert your mATX board into a full-size ATX board. The extension board usually adds 2-3 exta PCI slots. Back in the day, OEMs like HP used those things all the time so that they could use the same motherboards for their microtowers (mATX) and midtowers (ATX).

Finding the right extension board might be tricky, and it appears that you have a mATX case.

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July 7, 2010 at 11:12:51
that does sound like it explains it. when i followed the traces on the board, they went to pci connectors.

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