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Solved: PCI card question - compatibility / Time Sensitive

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by JDcompy, Mar 11, 2012.

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  1. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    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...&otn=5&po=LVI&ps=63&clkid=6934392730283342113

    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-P...118?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item45ffe51306

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


    Thoughts?

    Thank you!
     
  2. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

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    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.
     
  3. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    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.
     
  4. leroys1000

    leroys1000 Banned

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    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.
     
  5. Frank4d

    Frank4d Trusted Advisor

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    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.
     
  6. JDcompy

    JDcompy Thread Starter

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    Thank you both for responses. They helped a lot and I purchased the card without the pin. Thanks!
     
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