Installing a PCI expansion card

This section contains general instructions on installing a PCI expansion card in your computer.

Before you start, be sure to follow the instructions in "Opening the Computer," earlier in this chapter. Then follow these instructions:

1 Assemble the parts you'll need (shown here).

Expansion back cover PCI card

PCI card adapter

Expansion panel

PCI card adapter

Expansion panel

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2 Touch the metal fan frame inside the computer to discharge static electricity from your body. Always do this before you touch any parts, or install any components, inside the computer.

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Metal fan framt

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3 If your computer has a communication card, remove it and the expansion panel as shown in the illustration.

Set the card and expansion panel aside until you are ready to reinstall them. You can leave the communication card adapter in place.

If your computer does not have a communication card, skip this step.

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4 Remove the PCI card from its static-proof bag.

Hold the card by its edges to avoid touching any of the components on the card.

5 Attach the PCI card adapter to the PCI card.

Place the adapter on top ofa magazine on a firm surface.

Place the adapter on top ofa magazine on a firm surface.

PCI card

PCI card adapter

PCI card

PCI card adapter

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6 Remove the screw at the top of the expansion panel and then lift out the metal port cover.

7 If you will be installing a communication card after you install the PCI card, press to remove the plastic insert covering the port opening on the expansion panel.

If you are not going to install a communication card, skip this step.

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8 Attach the expansion panel to the PCI card by sliding the card fence into the same slot the metal port cover was in, then reinserting the screw you removed in step 6.

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9 Insert the PCI card with its attachments into the computer's PCI slot, pressing down firmly until all parts are fully inserted.

  • Don't rock the card side-to-side; instead, press the card's connectors straight into the slot. (Rocking the card can damage the PCI slot.)
  • Press firmly but don't force the card. If you meet a lot of resistance, pull the card out and try again.
  • To see if the card is properly connected, pull it gently. If it resists and stays in place, it's connected. (Make sure you don't pull the card so much that you accidentally disconnect it.)
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10 If your card includes a DAV connector and ribbon cable, plug the cable into the card and the computer's DAV socket. (If two cables are supplied, use the longer cable.)

Video editing cards and some ISDN cards have DAV connectors.

Note: If your card does not include a DAV connector and cable, skip this step.

What you do next depends on whether or not you have additional items to install:

  • If you are installing a communication card, or reinstalling a card you removed at the beginning of these instructions, proceed to "Installing a Communication Card."
  • If you are installing memory, proceed to "Installing Memory (DRAM)."

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■ If you are finished installing items in your computer, skip ahead to "Closing the Computer" later in

After you close the computer, see the manual that came with your PCI card for more instructions.

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