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11-Mar-2012, 08:51 PM #1
Question Solved: PCI card question - compatibility / Time Sensitive
Hello! I am looking to put in a card that will allow me the use of USB.

I KNOW the card pictured here

http://www.ebay.com/itm/5-PORTS-USB-...92730283342113

will fit perfectly because it matches my other cards.


But I'd prefer to buy from US seller so that it will arrive sooner rather than 10-20 weeks (yes, exaggeration).

Will THIS card work?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/USB-2-0-5-Po...item45ffe51306

It has a different looking slot but both cards say pci and maybe it will still fit.


Thoughts?

Thank you!

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11-Mar-2012, 10:11 PM #2
I don't see why it wouldn't.
That card just doesn't make use of a pin
in the slot that the other uses.
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11-Mar-2012, 10:30 PM #3
Leroys, thank you for the response. Will you explain a bit further? Doesn't it need to make use of all the pins? Is it really okay just ignoring it? I don't know if it's the same but when I cracked a pin off of my SVideo cable, it didn't work at all.
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12-Mar-2012, 02:40 AM #4
They are just designed a bit different.
It's not broken,they just went that way with their hardware.
Different companies use different designs depending on
the hardware they use on the card.
They didn't need to use that pin for their configuration.
Many PCI cards don't use all of the connectors even
though there are pins on the card.
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12-Mar-2012, 07:50 AM #5
The card in the first link is a 5 volt PCI card, and the card in the second link is a 3.3 volt or 5 volt PCI card. In the 3.3 or 5 volt version Ground pins are removed where the second notch is located, and this is OK per the PCI specification.

Either card will work in a PC, however the 5 volt only card may not fit in some Apple computers that use 3.3 volt only cards, like a Power MAC G5.
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12-Mar-2012, 03:17 PM #6
Thank you both for responses. They helped a lot and I purchased the card without the pin. Thanks!
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