software to detect available PCI slots

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April 28, 2010 at 17:21:37
Specs: Windows Vista
Hello

I am wondering in general whether there is a straight forward approach through any software in order to know what PCI ports are available at a desktop PC and what type of PCI they are (PCI-X, PCI EXPRESS, PCI,...) without opening the case if possible.

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#1
April 28, 2010 at 18:26:28
"know what PCI 'slots' are available
nope
software can only detect what responses to requests. no card no response

reason for the question?


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#2
April 28, 2010 at 18:52:48
I went to buy a wifi pci card to install it in a computer but after buying this pci card and opening the case I discovered that this pci card was not valid for the available pci slots. It seems there are two pci slots but they are different somehow. May be because one of them is pci express and the other pci-x. Well, the thing is that I had to get a reimbursment for my pci wifi adapter and buy a usb adapter which does work successfully.
What do you usually do in these kind of situation? Do you suggest opening the case in advance to check that the pci card you will buy will fit the type of pci slot in your motherboard?
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#3
April 28, 2010 at 19:28:11
All you have to do is post the make/model of your system or make/model of your motherboard.

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#4
April 29, 2010 at 01:08:57
I guess you just would search the motherboard's specs to check what kind of pci slots it has, right?

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#5
April 29, 2010 at 06:07:35
Yeah, just google the make and model of your motherboard and look at the address for the manufacturer's site preferably or a major reseller (tigerdirect, newegg, etc) or go to the manufacturer's site directly and search there.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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#6
April 29, 2010 at 06:35:34
"I guess you just would search the motherboard's specs to check what kind of pci slots it has, right?"

Yeah, apparently you can't do it, so I was gonna do it for you.


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#7
April 29, 2010 at 06:48:38
Thanks

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