I have a Dimension 4700 put into service Jan 2005.I removed the side panel and have 2 PCI Express slots open (other 2 are filled with ethernet and IEEE ports) and I am trying to install a D-Link Wireless Network Adapter that I purchased. However the adapter doesn't seem to fit in the slot (PCI Express x16 x 1).I was told that the adapter was universal and should be installable. Did I get the wrong adapter, can it be installed there or do I have to remove the IEEE firewire card and install the adapter there?
Universal, as applied to PCI cards, means that they will operate with either 5 volt or 3.3 volt signaling. The card is a standard PCI rather than PCI-e. If you must use that card you will need to clear one of the standard PCI slots.
You could also consider something like this, however: D-Link DWA-556. I know nothing about this particular card; I found it while searching for examples of PCI-e cards. This one is PCI-e X1. If you look around you may find other examples. Good luck!
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Thanks for the quick reply and the link. I will investigate...
X16 Slot is for Video only.
The Universal card would go into the PCI 2.2/33mhz slots J7B1 or J8B1
If you have a 4700C thats a totally Different issue.
PCI 2.2PCI Express x1 and PCI Express x16
PCI: 33 MHz
x1 slot bidirectional speed - 500 MB/s
x16 slot bidirectional speed - 8 GB/s
connector data width (maximum)
one PCI Express x1
1 PCI Express lane
one PCI Express x16
16 PCI Express lanes
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4700C Has Different Layout. Universal PCI 2.2 card would not fit there due to needing LOW PROFILE PCIE X1 card.
Removing the firewire card wont hurt anything.
Just follow proper safety like antistatic protection and unplug from the wall before opening the cover.
Before you open the computer cover, perform the following steps in the sequence indicated.
While you work, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis to dissipate any static electricity that might harm internal components.
Doing so reduces the potential for personal injury or shock.
In addition, take note of these safety guidelines when appropriate:
Static electricity can harm delicate components inside your computer. To prevent static damage, discharge static electricity from your body before you touch any of your computer's electronic components, such as the microprocessor. You can do so by touching an unpainted metal surface on the computer chassis.
As you continue to work inside the computer, periodically touch an unpainted metal surface to remove any static charge your body may have accumulated.
You can also take the following steps to prevent damage from electrostatic discharge (ESD):