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Can't find how to hook up reader card

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by SergeantB, Sep 14, 2006.

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  1. SergeantB

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    I bought a new Dell computer but it came without a reader card which I need seriously. I order a reader card to fit in my 3.5 bay but it came with a onboard usb connector but I have looked all across the board and it appears to not have the eight well seven prongs usb port on the board. It will be a nightmare to send this thing back. I would rather buy an adapter or something else that will allow me to use my reader card but don't know what to buy or even look for. Can someone please help me out with this?

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  2. Triple6

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    Which model of Dell?
     
  3. SergeantB

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    Dimension
     
  4. norton850

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    What model Dimension?
     
  5. SergeantB

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    I can't remember the model number. I am at work right now and it will be at least 4 hrs before I go home.
     
  6. SergeantB

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    Is there another way on helping me hook up this card reader?
     
  7. Triple6

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    Without knowing the model number of your Dimension its hard to say if you have the header for the reader - you may have it but it may be used by the front USB ports. Dell doesn't always provide extra's like you'd find on a regular motherboard.

    There are some PCI USB 2.0 cards with internal USB headers but they are hard to find.
     
  8. SergeantB

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    anywhere I can start looking?
     
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  10. SergeantB

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    You my friend....ARE THA MANNN!!!!

    Thanks
     
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    The major problem I see with this card is the ALi chipset. That particular chipset sucks IMO, and I'll never let a card with that chip anywhere near any of my computers.
     
  12. Triple6

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    I haven't had much luck with ALI chipsets either, carried them for a while but ended up switching to NEC and VIA chipsets which work much better.

    Last I looked for one with internal pins I only found one on some small U.S. site.
     
  13. cwwozniak

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    Would this card (Based on NEC uPD720101) be a better choice ....

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8795614528&category=3753

    Disclaimer: I am not promoting or vouching for any seller on e-bay. I am just suggesting that the item may meet your needs.
     
  14. Triple6

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    Can't see if it has the pins or just a USB connection internally - but you can buy a USB cable to go to the pins. Still all that costs money, and it may be possible to do this for free.
     
  15. JohnWill

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    That card has the standard USB connector internally, there are many like that. It's also hopelessly overpriced, since you can have NEC based cards from www.newegg.com for around $8 and $5 shipping. You're also getting them from a place many of us trust. :)
     
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