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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Tyler, May 14, 2002.

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  1. Tyler

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    I have an expansion slot, and I was wondering what goes in there? I know it's a stupid question, but I never hear much about it.
     
  2. carltasha

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    Im not sure what you mean , there should be a number of expansion slots on the motherboard. the top one will be brown if you have an AGP slot , you may not , below that will be short white slots they are PCI slots below those will be the black ISA slots , new boards dont have any of these. your vidio card will go in the AGP slot if you have one . the other slots are for sound cards , modem, network ,
     
  3. Tyler

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    My board is CyrixGX and everything (processor, video, sound..) are all onboard. There is one other slot, which houses my modem. The one above it in question is white...
    So I am able to buy a better soundcard and install it in this port and just disable the onboard one? Are these a special type of cards, becuase all the normal cards ive seen can be accessed from the back of the system, but I dont have a spot for it. The expansion slot seems entirely internal.
     
  4. anlore2001

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    Welcome to TSG Tyler
    The slot is a PCI card and the only thing you really need for a sound card is one that goes in a PCI slot and is compatable with your specific system. The PCI slot should have an opening to the back of the system, most of the time the unused ports/bays are covered with a metal cover that attaches to the inside by a screw (look around the edge of the modem card and you should see a screw above the modem, not the one holding the modem in but above it... next to the PCI slot. Or the back has a punch out that can be removed to allow access. Good Luck
     
  5. Tyler

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    Nope, no opening at all. I have an IBM Ambra Ispiriti and it is an ultraslim case... theres barely room for anything but whats in there. There is a slow, but indeed no opening. Is there something that can go in there that doesnt require an opening? Why would they put a slot thats useless?
     
  6. carltasha

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    sounds like the motherboard doesent match the case. the ultra slim disigns can be wierd.
     
  7. sykootic

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    sometimes these are not really pci slots but proprietary slots used for a riser of some sort. maybe the riser had pci or ide slots. but it wasnt used. I hope the next computer you buy has more room for upgrades.
    GL
     
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