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My sister is a noob. She needs some help.

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April 8, 2010 7:08:03 PM

Hello, my sis just bought a comp and a wireless card and the damn thing don't fit. She got this card:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=3701...

and this comp: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1205...


The card fits in the slot fine, but there are 2 issues. The metal on the card is too long, the side with the hook on it is about an inch too long for the hole in the back. So can this be sawed off and work? Also, there is 2 slots in the pins for the card and only one on slot in the board pins. Would it hurt the comp if it was made to fit because of the slots?

And if the card just wont work could you point her in the direction of a wireless card that will work for the pc. Thank you in advanced.

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April 8, 2010 7:35:44 PM

That card is a PCI card, so if you have a free PCI slot on the motherboard it will be fine. Be clear though I'm talking about old PCI NOT the new PCI-Express.

As for the mounting bracket, if you really want you could try and find a low-profile mounting bracket, drill an appropriate-sized hole in to to feed the aerial through and you're good.

Otherwise if you don't move the computer you may be OK just taking the mounting bracket off completely and leaving the card stuck in the motherboard without being attached to anything else.
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April 8, 2010 8:41:05 PM

Well on that system you have 1 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16 and 2 PCI-E x1 so slot-wise the wireless card she's already bought will fit, you just have to sort out the mounting bracket.

That Gigabyte card is mini PCI-E which is for laptops (I think) so it won't fit.

Maybe you want something like Asus PCI-G31 or ZyXEL G-302 which comes with a low-profile bracket, or maybe look at something like http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Edimax-Wireless-Wifi-Low-Profile-... to see if you can just get a bracket.


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April 8, 2010 9:03:34 PM

"My sister is a noob. I can't figure it out meaning I just called myself a noob. We need help."

There ya go. :) 

Like LeP said, a low profile bracket is what you need. That or an external card.
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April 8, 2010 9:07:50 PM

Raidur said:
"My sister is a noob. I can't figure it out meaning I just called myself a noob. We need help."

There ya go. :) 

Like LeP said, a low profile bracket is what you need. That or an external card.


Or a USB version. Got two in my closet somewhere I've been meaning to offload... ;) 
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April 8, 2010 9:14:50 PM

Thadius856 said:
Or a USB version. Got two in my closet somewhere I've been meaning to offload... ;) 


USB is an option, but I personally don't find them a very elegant solution. Plus the number of times I've moved a system with the dongle in the back and hit it against something - USB port death ensues.
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April 9, 2010 7:50:05 PM

LePhuronn said:
USB is an option, but I personally don't find them a very elegant solution. Plus the number of times I've moved a system with the dongle in the back and hit it against something - USB port death ensues.


All the more reason to use front USB, or a USB extension cable and tape it to the case.
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