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PCI 2.0 -vs- 2.1

Posted on 2002-04-02
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Sorry for the zero points. I have none left!
Anyway, a friends older Dell(Optiplex 5133) needs a graphics card update as he is currently running with only 2MB video memory.
Was about to purchase him an older 8 MB ATI card, and noticed that the ATI cards PCI specifications are for revision 2.1, whereas his computer specs indicate that his PCI version is only 2.0
Can I use a 2.1 card in a 2.0 PCI system?
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by:sorgie
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I know this is not what you are looking for but I ran into a simular problem with my old micron. It took me three different card to get one to work. ATI's older 2.1 card will work but not all features
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http://www.experts-exchange.com/jsp/qManageQuestion.jsp?ta=hardgen&qid=20270725

some points for you pallidin (long outstanding)

2.1 is designed for 66mhz operation whereas 2.0 was for 33mhz. a 2.1 should work but can only be expected to run in 33mhz mode on his system. if you're only updating the graphics card it should be fine but you won't get the maximum performance out of it.
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by:Kyle Schroeder
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Your friend would probably be better off with a new system, or an update to the existing one.  If I'm reading that right, its a Pentium-133, so the graphics update isn't really going to help much (with games, image editing, etc), most video operations on this system will be CPU limited.

-dog*
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by:pallidin
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Thanks everyone. The 66Mhz-vs-33Mhz issue is a good point. I'll give the problem a try to see what happens.
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