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Adapters or conversion kits for using old legacy PCI boards in newer PCI-X slots

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I have an older legacy PCI board (designed for receiving data from an instrument). I am now upgrading my computer. New computer does not have the older longer sized PCI slots. All of these have PCI-X slots. Is there an adapter that will enable me to use the old card in these newer slots?
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You don't need an adapter but you do need the PCI card to conform to the 32bit 3.3v "Universal" PCI v2.2 specification.  PCI-X slots run at 133MHz but will drop back to 66MHz if a legacy PCI card is detected.  The whole PCI-X BUS will then run at the slower speed.

If your card is designed for the more common 5v PCI slot it won't work.

See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCI-X
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My PCI card will not fit it the new slot. So, I guess I am out of luck.
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