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Will the x1550 fit in this motherboard? PCI only.

Hi, my friend is interested in purchasing a PCI video card, I have suggested the
"Visiontek Radeon X1550 / 256MB DDR2 / PCI / DVI / VGA / HDTV / Video Card" since it appears to be the best PCI card available.

His motherboard has a specific type of PCI slots, and i'm wondering if the card will fit

MOBO : http://i17.tinypic.com/6f79rlv.jpg
http://www.intel.com/products/motherboard/d845gvsr/index.htm

VIDEO CARD : http://i17.tinypic.com/61l1ggo.jpg

I just need to know if those 3-slot PCI card will work in the 2-slot PCI he has.
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dark2elite
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PUNKYCommented:
Yes, it will fit and work on those PCI slots you have on that motherboard.
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dark2eliteAuthor Commented:
Well he wants more people to verify it, since I already have and you have, he wants one or two more.
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PUNKYCommented:
OK :o)

That is old type of PCI card and slot, however, he will only able to use this type of card only. Newer version is PCIe.
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dark2eliteAuthor Commented:
Yeah, I know that, He bought a PCI-E card without telling me and wasted some money on it.

He's just wondering because the card has 3 slots, but the mobo only has 2.
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MarkCommented:
Here are the system requirements for your card. Notice the 3.3v PCI slot requirement.

System Requirements
" Intel® Pentium® 4/III, Celeron", AMD"Duron"/Athlon"/Athlon" XP, or compatible with 3.3v PCI slot
" 256MB of system memory (1GB+ for Windows Vista)
" Installation software requires
CD-ROM drive
" DVD playback requires DVD drive on PCs with an Intel® Pentium® III processor (or equivalent) and 256MB of system memory

The jpg of the card you show has 2 slots in it and that usually conforms to a universal PCI slot which can have both 5V and 3.3V.
The motherboard slot is a 3.3v as the slot key is towards the back of the slot.
a 5v slot would have the slot key toawrds the front of the PCI slot.
Check this file out as it shows the 32 bit PCI slots and their configurations on page 7
www.digi.com/pdf/prd_msc_pcitech.pdf
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OpenAreasCommented:
so sparkmaster.. you are saying this will work with my computer?
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MarkCommented:
And you are???
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OpenAreasCommented:
His friend. the one who wants to get that card but needed the help.
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MarkCommented:
Oh, OK. Your post came up as NOT the author so I was a little slow on the uptake there.
Well the 3.3v card and the 3.3v slot are compatible and should work fine together. If the picture of the video card is accurate it looks to be a universal  type, but the specs are definitely 3.3v from the manufacturer.
Your motherboard is relatively new so it would support 3.3v.
5v is an older version of PCI slot and isn't used much in the industry anymore.
The verdict is YES it will work in your computer.
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OpenAreasCommented:
Well, yes it is universal PCI card by the looks of things, i'm getting the card from tigerdirect.com which has been in business over 20years so i think the picture is very accurate, my computer was purchased in 2004 and is an eMachine 3220, well thanks sparkmaker and punky, looks like i will be buying this card after all as it seems to fit either way. :)
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MarkCommented:
One last thing to consider once you have the card in place. Some motherboards require you to make a selection in the bios for using a NON onboard video card, some will automatically change over when a PCI card is in place. Read your motherboard manual for instruction on how to do this.
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OpenAreasCommented:
Hey i haven't got any manuals, it should work without playing around, put in the card, plug monitor into card, start up comp, install drivers, then woohay should be good.. i hope to think so anyway
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MarkCommented:
If your motherboard is the Intel D845GVSR as stated in the question, here is your motherboard manual.
ftp://download.intel.com/support/motherboards/desktop/D845GVSR/SR_English.pdf

Check page 62 in the manual for the selection of the primary video adapter selection. If you put the card in and no video shows up when you start the computer, put the monitor back on the integrated video connector restart and go into the BIOS and change this setting to  PCI . Exit the bios and save the changes. Restart the computer with the monitor now connected to the PCI card.
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OpenAreasCommented:
Ok sounds good, how do i enter the BIOS menu?
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MarkCommented:
Page 49 of the manual.
The BIOS Setup program is accessed by pressing the <F2> key after the Power-On Self-Test (POST) memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins.
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OpenAreasCommented:
Ok, thanks for your help!
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MarkCommented:
Be careful in the bios, do not change any settings you are not familiar with.
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