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Greetings:
  I have
  A Dell Dimension XPS  T700r
  and a Promise Technology Ultra100 ATA EIDE/ATAPI controller card
  to try and light up a WD2000 200GB HD.

  The U100 card says that it is to support emerging 66MHz motherboards.

  How do I assure that I have such a motherboard and what else might I need to know before I attempt this bit of computer surgery?

thanx
jack
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Read up on PCI Express (66MHz bus): http://arstechnica.com/paedia/p/pci-express/pcie-1.html

The PCI Express slot is longer than the usual PCI slot.  But what exactly are you trying to do?  You didn't say?
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more info needed
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I think I got it - you're thinking of getting one of these http://www.promise.com/marketing/datasheet/file/1_U100TX2_en.pdf, and putting it in your Dell.  The datasheet says it has the same form factor as PCI cards, so it will fit the slot, and it says it is backward compatible with 33MHz motherboards, so it should work with typical ones.
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by:jadedata
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I have a 200GB HD which requires the ATA/100 Controller.  (ATA/66 has a 137GB ceiling)
I have checked to see if Dell still carries the system specs on my  rather dated machine, but I'm having to dig like a damn gopher to find the answer to ...

  What is the PCI MHz on my machine motherboard and is the ATA/100 card going to work with in this machine?

  Promise Tech can only guess at whether this will be compatible (say call Dell...)

(better?)
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by:jadedata
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I read the data sheet.  THANK YOU,... but I'm glad you understand that better than me.

sorry ee_ai_construct, but Callandor got 'er done

please note that gratuity of 40% is included.

regards
Jack

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by:Callandor
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PCI started with 33MHz, so no worry about you having a slower motherboard.  Only PCI Express slots run at 66 or faster and this is a recent development, so your dated Dell doesn't have those.  The literature says the card is backward compatible, so it should work.
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shoulda known I couldn't compete with Callendor...
(good job C!)
ai
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