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New computer with an open card slot. What goes there???

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Generalcarry, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Bought a Dell Inspiron 640 desktop. When I opened up the back to add ram, I noticed an empty card slot. As near as I can tell looking at the schematic it's a:

    #23 > "PCI Express x16 card slot (SLOT1)". What the heck is that for? The computer seems to be running find although I only beginning to set it up.
    Guess what I'm asking is could they have left something out, and if so, how could I tell?

    http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp620620S/Insp620/en/sm/techov.htm#wp1268982
     
  2. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    It exists for the sole purpose of providing you the ability to add a device that requires a PCI-e slot.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, but someone who doesn't know what an expansion slot is for probably shouldn't be opening their computer's case...
     

  3. Generalcarry

    Generalcarry NRA Member

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    Guess there are those who choose to look and wonder, and those who will tear it apart to learn. Worse case scenario is I'm out a few bucks. Now I have to figure out what I can plug into a PCI-e extension slot!
     
  4. eracer

    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    Lots of cool things!
     
  5. caviteno_loco

    caviteno_loco Armed_Nurse

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    It's a slot used for an aftermarket videocard.

    Something like this..

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500187

    For slots 21 and 20 you can put different expansion cards such as..

    Controller card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816104022
    Wireless Adapter - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833316115&Tpk=pcie x1 wifi

    and a whole lot more.
     
    Last edited: Jul 23, 2011