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Why problems making PCI card fit larger PCI slot?


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#1 okiewild

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:19 PM

I can't figure out why a PCI card I bought won't fit my existing PCI slots. The card (images at Newegg) provides two USB 3.0 outputs from my USB 2.0 motherboard via cables to the front of my PC. I didn't think it was any big deal that the card's male edge is the PCI x1 type, because I've bought other cards that didn't use all the connectors on my Intel D865GBF PCI x16 slots. But when I lined this one up with metal plate on the back of the PC where a screw will eventually hold it in place, and tried to firmly ease it into the slot, it absolutely would not completely seat. Lots of wiggling, fiddling and other efforts to find the sweet spot didn't work. I'm about to return this card but have a nagging feeling it might fit if I knew why it hasn't seemed to fit so far. Any tips before I apply for an RMA?

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Posted 28 June 2012 - 10:29 PM

that card is PCI express x1, which means it will fit any PCI express lane, but note there is a difference between PCI express and PCI. They are not interchangeable-you cannot put a traditiona PCI card in a PCI express lane, or vise versa. If its in a x16 lane, sometimes it just takes a little fiddling, with some cards the little metal plate just needs bent a little to fit into the slot.

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:30 PM

Oh man I knew it was something simple. Thanks for saving me a ton of frustration; now I can order the correct part!

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Posted 29 June 2012 - 10:47 PM

not a problem, if you have any more questions feel free to ask.

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