PCI Expansion Card Won't fit in Case

Me / MY OWN
March 15, 2010 at 17:13:19
Specs: Slackware 12, Win2K, Celeron D 3.1 Gigs,
I'm trying to add an IDE expansion card to a Compaq 5320F with a 2.8 gig Athlon CPU, 3GB RAM and running Windows 7. This machine has one (1) free PCI slot and the card will not fit in the slot. The reason for this is that the case is designed in such a way that a traditinal PCI card will not line up properly with the PCI slot. My guess is that Compaq, being proprietory, wants only Compaq components in their system. I'm sure I'll eventully make alterations to get the card to fit, but I'd like some feedback. Has anyone else had this problem and, if so, how did you reolve it? If you haven't had this problem, how would you resolve it? Thanks.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lweis Carroll


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#1
March 15, 2010 at 17:45:27
Are you sure it is not a PCE Express card you are trying to fit in to PCI slot or vice versa. If so, it will never fit.

Stuart


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#2
March 15, 2010 at 18:27:50
Thanks for the reply. There are two PCI Express slots on the mainboard in additon to the PCI slot. I'm certain that both the card and the slot are PCI.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lweis Carroll


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#3
March 15, 2010 at 18:30:36
Stuart, your question has me retinking this whole thing. Maybe instead of struggling with the PCI card, I could install a PCI Express card that does the smae thing. Thanks again.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lweis Carroll


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#4
March 15, 2010 at 18:36:15
I've actually found one (PCI Express IDE Controller Card). My concern is still the same. This damned Compaq case is so ono-standard it's as though they don't want you to add anything to it. Maybe the answer is a new case that allows for add-on card installation. Seems rather drestic though. I'll need to think more on this.

whitshade
"If it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic." Lweis Carroll


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