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Old 12-20-2007, 12:12 AM   #1
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Default Unknown Components

Hello. I was seeking information about my computer. I was looking inside it earlier, and I noticed some slots I am unfamiliar with. I took pictures of them and circled them. If you could tell me the purpose of the slots, and if they're useful, please do. Thanks.
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Sorry if the quality is poor. I shake a lot ;D
If better quality pictures are needed, say so please.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:07 AM   #2
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1st pic - Long slot is a PCI Express x16 for a video card, the short slot is a PCI Express x1 for peripherals such as a sound card.

2nd pic - Blue connector is the IDE connector for hard drives, CDROM, etc. Black connector is the floppy drive connector.
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Old 12-20-2007, 01:22 AM   #3
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Try this as a guide http://www.hardwaresecrets.com/article/46/2
The big black slot looks like an AGP slot but I'm not sure you need to tell us the make of your motherboard if you don't know it download the trial version of EVEREST http://www.lavalys.com/ and run that it should tell you what it is then post the results back here.
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The smaller one is a pci-express 1x i think.
And the bigger one is a pci-express 16x slot
your pci-e 16x can be used for a nvidia 8800gts etc..
and like atomic said the other slot can be used for sound cards capture cards etc..
the white slots are PCI. PCI is for sound cards etc also they are a little bit older and there is a bigger variety of things you can connect to them
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Old 12-20-2007, 07:59 PM   #5
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I see.. I see..

Thanks for the help there guys. So what does the PCI x1 have a purpose for? You can upgrade your sound card? And since you told me that the PCI x16 can hold a Nvidia 8800 GTS, i was looking at those recently and wondering what they plug into. On a tangent, how do I determine the power supply I have? Because different video cards required different amounts of minimum power, and I was wondering if mine could handle them.

Thanks all of you again.

And because Blackjack asked for a report, here it is:
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Computer:
Computer Type ACPI x86-based PC
Operating System Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium
OS Service Pack [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Internet Explorer 7.0.6000.16575
DirectX DirectX 10.0
Computer Name JUSTIN-PC
User Name Justin
Logon Domain [ TRIAL VERSION ]
Date / Time 2007-12-20 / 17:40

Motherboard:
CPU Type DualCore Intel Pentium E2140, 1600 MHz (8 x 200)
Motherboard Name Unknown
Motherboard Chipset Intel Lakeport-G i945GC
System Memory [ TRIAL VERSION ]
BIOS Type AMI (08/10/07)

Display:
Video Adapter Intel(R) 82945G Express Chipset Family (256 MB)
3D Accelerator Intel GMA 950
Monitor Generic PnP Monitor [NoDB] (F6XQ5C004536U)
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The best way to determine what power supply you have is to open up the case and look at the sticker on the side of the unit. It will tell the overall wattage and voltage outputs along with brand and model numbers.
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