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Solved: Dual width x16 graphics cards

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MSDirector, Nov 30, 2010.

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  1. MSDirector

    MSDirector Thread Starter

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    I just got a great buy on an ATI 5570 at NewEgg to replace my GeForct 210. Alas, it doesn't work. The system requirements say that PCI X 2 or 2.1 (OK there) AND dual width x16 graphics slot are required (mine certainly looks like single width. What is this dual width all about?

    Or could the card just be DOA? Luckily, I didn't send in the $25 MIR yet to MSI in case I need an RMA.
     
  2. leroys1000

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    Dual width cards usually cover up an adjoining slot because
    they have a large cooler that sticks out or connectors on
    the extended back plate or both.
    It is twice as wide as a standard card.
    It doesn't need 2 slots to connect to,it just needs the extra room
    to fit.
    Sounds like you may have gotten a DOA.
     
  3. MSDirector

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    Thanks for the info. I even tried it on the VGA side rather than the DVI and got the same results.As far as the Dual width, it doesn't look any wider than the GeForce 210 but I don't have any other cards in there either except a cooling blower in the last slot!.

    I guess it is DOA, just got the RMA number and will be sending it back shortly. It is my first DOA with probably a dozen MBs, many video cards and the like. Oh well, that's life.
     
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