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Is the any way to use a PCI card in in a computer with out a vacant PCI slot?

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I have a PCI card that is a proprietary item made by a company that is no longer in business.   I have a computer with a vacant PCIe slot but no vacant PCI slots.   Is there any way to use this PCI card?
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Question by:DoctorK12008
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by:rindi
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Something like this might help, but your card might then be too high up in the slot to close the PC's cover:

http://ch.startech.com/en/Cards-Adapters/Slot-Extension/PCI-Express-to-PCI-Adapter-Card~PEX1PCI1

So you might also need a PCI Express Extender cable, like the one below:

http://www.frozencpu.com/cat/l3/g/c38/s2033/list/p1/b77/FrozenCPU-Cable_Adapters-PCI_Express_Riser_Cables-Page1.html

So probably it would be simpler to get a PC that still has PCI slots.
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by:DoctorK12008
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This PEX1PCI1 adapter might work perfectly fine in your system, but beware! It may mysteriously disable other peripheral devices in your 64-bit capable system.

This adapter was purchased to adapt an RME PCI host card to a PCIe based system running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit on a H67 Sandybridge mobo with 16GB RAM, and three SATA 3 drives. The RME card is a low-profile card, and fits in the adapter with room to spare with the end plate removed. Great! This saved me having to shell out $500 for a new RME card.

Wait... Where'd my network card go?

The adapter disabled the Realtek Gigabit Ethernet adapter built into the mobo!

I found the adapter on Amazon, however the following comment appeared from a purchaser:

"After some slot juggling, several reboots, and some scans with PCIScope, I discovered the PEX1PCI1 uses a *32-BIT* Pericom PCI bridge, which is very picky where it lives in a 64-bit environment, and to make the problem worse, it requests a 1M memory window from the BIOS. This means it doesn't play nice with 64-bit systems, and can disable other devices in the system.

The RME card works fine in my system with I hacked-together PCIe bridge made with a PLX PEX8111 demo board, and it works perfectly, even at 32 samples buffers. Only problem is it's big and has to sit outside the case.

Back it goes..."

Do you have any recommendations based on this problem the purchaser had?

I am not sure how the bracket for the PCI card would fit with this adapter.
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by:DoctorK12008
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Sorry.   The above comment should have been preceded by this:

"I found the adapter on Amazon, however a purchaser had this to say"
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rindi earned 500 total points
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Not really, I just posted it is an example. Search for other PCIe to PCI converter cards, you should be able to find others. As I mentioned, you'd probably need the extension cable so you can fit the two cards somehow into your case. In my point of view it is a much better idea to get a PC that still has PCI slots, that way you don't waste money and efforts.
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by:DoctorK12008
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Thank you.   I will be able to resolve this with your help.
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