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Installing two non-raid PCI IDE-ATA expansion cards

I have 2 PCI cards both of which let me add up to 4 IDE devices to my computer (in additon to the 2 built in IDE plugs on the Motherboard.  I have one of these PCI cards in now and want to know if I can put in the 2nd or will that cause conflicts and problems.  I have a couple more ATA harddrives I want to add to my computer.

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jdietrichCommented:
Depends on the cards.  Some are addressable.  Are they the same type or different?
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
THey're the same type of card, same manufacturer, and although the resistors and cards schematics look a little different they say they're the same model.
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jdietrichCommented:
Does the card support changing the address?  If not, they should still both work.  Don't put them adjacent to each other in PCI slots.  Try to get at least one PCI between them.  Install the card, boot, depending on your OS it should install automatically since the driver is already there.  Go into control panel-->system--Device manager and confirm you have 2 cards, go into their properties and confirm they are in seperate memory addresses.  Then shut down and attach drives....
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
********** Does the card support changing the address?  
How can I determine this?

********** Don't put them adjacent to each other in PCI slots.  Try to get at least one PCI between them.  
Is this for heat purposes or auto-addressing purposes?  I already have a TV tuner card and one non-RAID multi-IDE device card in there and only one PCI slot left, so if I install the second non-RAID multi-IDE device card on the other side of the TV Tuner Card, there will be no empty slots, will that be a problem?


Does I/O Range, Memory Range and IRQ have to be different or just Memory Range?
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jdietrichCommented:
Usually i/o and memory are fine.  By putting them not next to each other on the mobo it will get them different different addresses.  What are the make/model of the cards?
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davidgareauAuthor Commented:
Sorry for my disappearance.
I have not installed the second card as I only have one hard-drive that I could hook up to it right now, and I don't want to have that much on this system until I have a significant amount of storage that I can add, but I will consider the things you've mentioned when I get to that point.

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