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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by DreadStorm, Aug 30, 2019.

  1. DreadStorm

    DreadStorm Thread Starter

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    This is system-specific for an HP DC7900 USDT little thing.
    Core 2 Duo e8600 3.33GHz and 4GB RAM. Runs Windows XP Pro.

    I'm planning a multimedia system of sorts - plugged into the TV and stereo already. I gave it a Blu-Ray and a USB card reader, all working fine.

    Now, there is a Mini PCI-Express slot on the motherboard.
    I'm hoping someone here can definitively tell me if (A) I can use it for other things instead of a wifi card, and (B) what sort of SSD can I throw into it - or another SATA controller if an SSD isn't going to work?

    I did research this, but I couldn't find any definitive answer to the above.
    So, if anyone has/had one, and knows please help. I don't want to buy anything only to find out it doesn't work.

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  2. Oddba11

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    In most cases, those type of slots are dedicated to a single option (such as a wifi card). They often don't use a standard connector type or support numerous types of hardware. ie: if it was designated a wifi slot, then that's all that it is likely to support.

    As for an SSD, to the best of my knowledge, you can simply swap the current spinning drive for an SSD. For best results, however, you will need to perform a fresh install of Windows (XP) for it to function properly. I've not used an SSD with XP, but with Win7, there are registry entries which affect operation and performance with an SSD and the easiest way to get it set properly was to simply install the OS onto the drive.
     
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