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Hi, I like to know if there is way to expand PCI Slot on my PC.  Motherboard has 5PCI slots but they are full and I heard some where that is way to add more PCI slots by adding some kind of card.  If there is a way how I can expand them and where can I find the hardware to do it?????
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by:Otta
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A "riser" card was popular in the days of "desktop" computers (shaped like a thick pizza-box, rather than like a "tower").

The motherboard was on the "bottom" of the box, the "riser" card fit into one ISA (not PCI) slot, and rose vertically.
An additional 2 or 3 or 4 ISA (not PCI) cards were laid horizontally (like the motherboard) one above the other.

The only advantage was that the "riser" card was not as "tall" as one "vertical" full-size ISA card.

Why do you need so many PCI slots?

Perhaps, you need to find a different motherboard, with more PCI slots.
Check WWW.GIGABYTE.COM.TW and/or WWW.ASUS.COM and/or WWW.ABIT.COM for specifications on motherboards.


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by:Otta
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Access: http://www.abit.com/ 
and click on the "Check out our Compare Motherboard feature" hyperlink.

Select '5' PCI slots.
It will list all motherboards with at least that many PCI slots.
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I looked at many mother borads but 6 PCI slot is the maximum.  And computer I am getting have 5 PCI slots only 2 I can use and one is shared and I was told that shared PCI slot can not be used.  I need to install TV Card, Network card, and DVD Decoder.  I bout PIII 733, creative anihilator pro vidoe card, creative soundblaster platinum. I will be all set if I do not have to install the DVD Decoder for Creative DVD 8x but I do not see anyway around it.
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by:trekie1
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you can use the shared pci slot ...
and as far as the decoder is conserned,shouldn't that video card have built in decoder and if not why dont you get a card that does?
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by:trekie1
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most motherboards now have  a AGP slot for video card,  get one for that with built in dvd decoder....the comp you are going to get prob has this slot

that shared pci slot ( they would'nt have put it on the board if it wasn't suppose to be used.....
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MYSstephenoh earned 51 total points
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There's no PCI expansion slots available to my knowledge. As controlling the PCI slots was the chipset.

There's a limit of how many PCI slots the chipset can control, that's the reason we never saw more then 7 on desktop and most server boards.

What you can do is buy PCI cards that can give you features of 2 cards you have now.


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> I was told that shared PCI slot can not be used.

The "shared" slot is where you can either insert an ISA card *OR* a PCI card.

There are some motherboards where the "last" PCI slot is _NOT_ capable of supporting bus-mastering.
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