emachines t2899 pci ports

February 20, 2011 at 08:37:12
Specs: Windows XP
I want to connect a SCSI card (Adaptec AHA-2940AU or U) to a T2899 Emachines desktop for scanning purposes with a Canon DR 3060. Does the T2899 have the necessary PCI port for the SCSI card? Thanks.

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February 20, 2011 at 08:54:33
It looks as if your PC has 3 PCI slots. Have a look at this picture to see if it looks the same as yours. The PCI slots are the three white connectors at the bottom of the picture. If yours is the same and one of these slots is free then you could install a SCSI card in it. Make sure that the card that you get has XP drivers.

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February 20, 2011 at 09:18:21
Thanks for the prompt reply.
Can I download the driver over the Internet or must I get it with the SCSI card?

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February 20, 2011 at 09:45:05
Adaptec support tends to be fairly good, so you should be able to download drivers. It's even possible that they are built in to XP already.

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February 20, 2011 at 12:05:03
Thanks again; I appreciate your help and responsiveness.

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February 20, 2011 at 12:25:27
Note that the last PCI slot of the PCI slots, the one on the end closest to the center of the mboard, is often forced to share it's IRQ with the onboard video, or with a video card installed in a AGP or PCI-E X16 slot if you have that, and in that case, usually only PCI video cards will work properly in that PCI slot.

If you had a retail mboard model, the info about which PCI slot shares it's IRQ with what is usually stated in the mboard manual.

According to this excellent third party web site:

if you bought this computer in North America,this list:

shows that your mboard is this one,with an emachines bios version:

FIC AU31 (K7M-NF18G) Mainboard (unofficial info)

In the Downloads on the left side of that page, he lists


Filename AU31_manual.zip

but he is not presently allowing downloads.
A search with that file name on the web finds that you can....

Get it here:

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February 20, 2011 at 12:37:52
Please translate into language I can understand. I'm particularly interested in verfiying that I can insert the Adaptec AHA-2940AU or U SCSI card in this computer.
I'm going to buy this or another desktop almost exclusively to accommodate the SCSI card so I can interface and use the Canon DR 3060 scanner.

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February 20, 2011 at 13:04:01
"Please translate into language I can understand."

If you do not understand English well, you have not told us what written language you know best - go here and translate our responses to your language:

If you DO understand Englsh well but you think what we have told you is too complicated, it's not rocket science.

- there is no special slot required

- a PCI SCSI card will work on nearly all mboards that have at least one PCI slot

(- you cannot use an ISA SCSI card with XP even when the mboard has ISA slots.)

- you MAY need to NOT use the PCI slot closest to the center of mboard - the SCSI card may not work in that one properly - because that slot is sharing it's IRQ with the video.
(If you download the mboard manual I pointed to, the info about which PCI slot shares it's IRQ with what is usually stated in the mboard manual.)

- XP has the drivers for a lot of Adaptec SCSI cards built into it - in that case, Windows will install the drivers for it automatically - if Found New Hardware pops up, if it has the drivers it will find them automatically when you allow Found New Hardware to search for them.

- if Found New Hardware pops up, if Windows does NOT have the built in drivers for it, it will NOT find them automatically when you allow Found New Hardware to search for them.
In that case you need to go to the Adaptec web site and download the drivers you need for your card, and install them.

If this SCSI card can be used for more than one SCSI device, you may need to fiddle with the card to get it to work with the printer.
Consult the card's manual, and the Canon printer's full manual regarding the SCSI connection.
If you don't have the card's manual get it from the Adaptec web site.

The SCSI card must have a connector that a SCSI cable between the card and the printer can use.
E.g. the same number of pins or pin holes in the connector on both the card's and the printer's connectors.OR, you can use a gender adapter that you buy separately with a port on the card.

Some SCSI printers have a DSub 25 pin (female - pin holes) SCSI connector that looks exactly the same as the one for a printer port; some have one that has more pin holes or pins or contacts; some have both.
If you have the cable that came with the printer, preferably you want to be able to plug the cable into the card without needing to use a gender adapter at the card end.

You must install the software for the printer the right way. READ the installation directions in the Canon printer model's full manual.

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February 21, 2011 at 15:26:23
Thanks for taking the time to explain it so I can
understand what is required.
I believe I now know enough to get it done.

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February 21, 2011 at 15:29:51
Thanks for the thanks, and good luck.

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