PCI (Peripheral Component Interconnect) is an element for connecting peripherals to computers based on the IBM PC architecture.

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Run 10 sets of headphones from a pc via 10 separate channels

We have a PC application that runs on Windows 7 platform that is designed to play sound to up to 10 different MP3's to up to 10 separate sound cards (ie. 10 different inputs playing to 10 different ...
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Can I use an onboard and pci vga simultaneously?

I have an old machine I'd like to get running with dual monitors. The pci vga only has only 1 output port. However, I have another output via the onboard video card. Can I leverage both video cards to ...
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5 x 3GB drives and 4 x 1500GB drive best raid setup?

I am building a file server my plan is the have the Operating system on one raid partition and the data storage on another partition. I currently have 5 x 3GB IDE drives that i would like to put the ...
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Virtual Machine with support for hardware access: USB 3 (and PCI)

I am in the process of selecting a VM-software. I have a requirement of accessing a custom USB3 device in a VM (Windows 8 64bit guest, host is Windows 7 64 bit). From what I read, VMware would be the ...
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What type are the screw needed to fix PCI boards?

I miss screws to fix a PCI board in my PC, however I can't find out what type of screw it is. Any hints? Charles
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Is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot?

By this, I mean is it possible to put a PCI-X card in a PCI slot? I heard from someone (who deals with servers all the time) that this is the case, however I may have misheard. Also, the card DOES ...
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How is a 1GPBS 64-bit ethernet card different from a 32-bit one?

Given two ethernet cards as follows 1 GBPS 32-bit PCI 1 GPBS 64-bit PCI When both ethernet cards share the same 1GBPS rating, how are the additional 32-bits relevant? EDIT: Attached link to a ...
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How to Tell Which Devices are in a PCI Slot

I am trying to figure out what devices are in my desktop computer's PCI slots. I need an open slot for installing a wireless adapter, and I cannot figure out which ones I can take out, and which ones ...
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Why can't PCIe devices share lanes?

On older chip-sets it was not possible to have a dedicated graphics card in the PEG slot and have the Integrated Graphics Device (IGD) enabled at the same time. After looking online I found this was ...
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Searching for a PCI standalone System [closed]

For a research project, I would like to have a PCI(e) card which is a full standalone system (own CPU, memory, sata bus, network interface, etc..) running Linux, but which can be deployed on another ...
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Using two different video cards in the same pc?

I know that I can use two cards together if they are the same model, and I can put them in sli mode. But can I use two cards that are not the same model (Not in sli), I have a geforce 7300gt and a ...
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How can I tell Windows or Linux to put a specific (PCI[e]) device into sleep/off (D3) state?

How can I tell Windows or Linux to power a specific device (e.g. USB controller, network card, video card) down, that is put it in the D3 state? From the very little I know about ACPI and such, the ...
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Recommend a wireless PCI card for Windows 7

I have a crummy RT2500-based 11g card which does work in Windows 7 with the Vista driver (3.2.0.0) but it dies about every two hours or so. Googling around has led me to conclude that Ralink drivers ...
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How do home computer buses electrically put data on the wire?

In particular I'd like to know what schemes PCI Express, PCI and ISA use at the physical layer.
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Power surge damaged a PCI slot, will it spread?

One of my PCI slots – the one that hosted my network card – went down in a bang during a power surge. The network card itself, however, still remains intact. I can still get my computer on the ...
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Can i turn a PCI-e x1 slot into an old PCI slot?

Is it possible to convert a PCI-e x1 slot into an old PCI slot? If so, how?
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What exactly is a PCI-ISA card?

So I got my brand new laptop in for repair, the second time already. They first replaced the system board and returned it to me... Still not working... Now it's been brought in for a second time and ...
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PCI vs. PCIe wireless network card

I currently have a PCI 802.11n wireless network card (TP-LINK TL-WN951N 300M). Would a PCIe network card improve 1. download speed and/or 2. range (i.e. the bars that windows shows when talking about ...
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How to map host PCI device to virtualbox?

In a virtual box it is possible to map host's USB device. But is it not possible to map host's PCI device to guest system? How is it possible to connect (map) a PCI device to guest OS? Our host ...
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What do the different /proc/bus/pci/0x directories represent?

What do the different /proc/bus/pci/0x directories represent? Do they represent the different PCI/PCI-E sockets on a board? If I have one mini pci and 2 PCI-E sockets on my board, should I be seeing ...
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Windows commandline utility to get PCI Bus connected devices information? [closed]

I want a command for the Windows commandline which shows all PCI BUS connected Devices information like , LSPCI command does in LINUX . Can I use WMIC TOOL in XP to get that info . If so ...
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USB 3 adapter for a dell 2850 with PCI (or PCIX) ports?

Does anyone know if there is a plain PCI (or PCIX) USB 3 adapter? I understand the bandwidth of PCI < USB3, but it still beats the heck out of USB 2. I have some older dell 2850s that do not have ...
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PCI Expansion card resource allocation by a Plug-and-Play BIOS

Plug-and-Play BIOS spec says that if you have a PnP BIOS, it can configure the hardware. This means that your BIOS reads the resource requirements of all devices and configures them (allocates ...
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What is the PCI card that tells you what's wrong with the computer?

First, I'm not sure if this is the correct place, so apologies for that. Second, I want to know how to easily identify the hardware faults. I heard about this PCI card that when connected to the PC ...
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Linux: Reading a specific device register

In order to control my backlight, I need to do the following: sudo setpci -s 00:02.1 F4.B=x This could be read as: For the PCI device with the ID 00:02.1, set the register F4 (byte only) to x. To ...
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Error allocating Mem BAR for PCI Device 0X/00/0

I am getting the following error when I boot my Dell Precision 390. Everything appears to be working fine, but I would like to understand what the error means and how to fix it. I believe it ...
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SATA Card/RAID Controller - Covering Both Economically

I have been researching RAID (specifically RAID 5) for the last couple weeks. I have seen arguments for both sides, whether to use it, whether to use software versus hardware, and some arguments in ...
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Is there a noticable difference between OB SATA bandwidth vs PCI-e SATA Controller

Main Question : Would I see any benefit (I/O bandwidth-wise) to purchasing a separate (non-raid) PCI-e controller card to plug SATAII drives into vs on-board SATAII slots? I'd be plugging at least ...
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PCI cards fail when using 4 gig ram

I recently installed 4 gig or ram into my 32bit vista box. I realize that I wont be able to use the entire 4 gig until I go to 64bit vista, but 2 gig wasn't enough and I figured I could use as much ...
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Is there a PCI card with a MIDI port?

Does anyone know of a PCI card that I could install in my desktop that would give me a MIDI port? Would it need to be a full sound card, or could it just be a dumb object? The distinction I'm making ...
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ZFS NAS: PCI-e x1 SATA or built-in ICH10R?

I am planning to install Nexenta (or NexentaStor, I've not decided yet) to build a ZFS NAS out from the following machine: MB: Intel DG45FC Disks: 4x 2TB WD caviar green RAM: 2x 2GB of non-ECC ...
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How can I get the PCI port type?

Does anybody know how to get a PCI bus speed from the device manager. I have a hardware device, a frame grabber, that must be plugged into the right slots for maximal performance. I am trying to ...
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PCI Cards and Adapters on a laptop [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Adaptor that allows me to use a PCI card via a USB connection I recently purchased a Tascam PCI-822 from eBay. This is a PCI card with a TDIF interface that interfaces ...
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Adding more drives to motherboard with two SATA slots only?

Hardware n00b, building a freeNAS 8 box. Motherboard has 2 SATA slots: http://www.jetway.com.tw/jw/motherboard_view.asp?productid=309&proname=M26GT3-SVP All 3 PCI slots are empty. I have 3 more ...
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What does length, height and depth refer to on a PCI card?

A PCI card can have a length, height and depth. This diagram shows a 2D image of a full size PCI card: The length of a full size PCI card is given as 312mm. However what are the other dimensions? ...
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Low-cost PCI Remote Management Adapter

I'm looking for a product similar to the Dell DRAC that can give low-level access to a PC from a remote location, i.e. access the BIOS, reboot the PC, etc. These are common in servers, but I have yet ...
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Recommendation for PCI SATA addon card?

I have a couple of dead PCs from my wife's office that have working SATA HDDs. Sorry, I don't know if they're SATA I or II, just that they're SATA. Unfortunately, all my spare hardware at home is ...
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USB 2.0 Options for board with USB 1.1

I have a QDI Superb 4 board which by default supports USB 1.1. However, I want it to support USB 2.0. How can I go about doing this? I know there are PCI expansion cards with USB 2.0 and there are ...
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Booting From VIA VT6421A Based PCI SATA Card

I bought a VIA VT6421A based SATA card for an 845 chipset based motherboard. The card is working – I can access the SATA HDD from Windows/Linux. The problem is I can't directly boot from the SATA ...
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PCI Express - Clarification about BAR, Memory addressing and physical memory

I'm an absolute beginner starting to understand the PCI Express protocol and I need some clarifications about its mechanics. I understood that a PCI Express endpoint device may have some memory BAR ...
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Clarification of the difference between PCI memory addressing and I/O addressing?

Could someone please clarify the difference between memory and I/O addresses on the PCI/PCIe bus? I understand that I/O addresses are 32-bit, limited to the range 0 to 4GB, and do not map onto system ...
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Choosing the right TV tuner - USB or PCI TV tuners, hardware/software, DVB? Hybrid/combo/analog?

Greetings, I'll start with some background information so you know what I'm trying to accomplish and then get to my question. I work at a Television station in the US and we are working on setting up ...
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Two+ Monitors with 2 video cards in Windows 7

In windows xp I use to be able to have three monitors, two running off my PCIe and 1 running of a PCI card. Since then I have upgraded to windows 7 and can only get one card to be enabled (one or the ...
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Can I use two of the same type of PCI Sound Cards in one computer?

I recently purchased two Rocketfish 5.1 PCI Sound Cards from Best Buy. These are going to be used for audio production and radio broadcasting, so one card can handle live audio, the other can handle ...
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PCI BAR memory addresses

Quick question, I was reading the OSDev Wiki page regarding PCI and it says the following - "Base address Registers (or BARs) can be used to hold memory addresses used by the device, or offsets for ...
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Do PCI / PCIe buses and devices always enumerate in the same order?

I am looking into a situation where there are multiple, identical (National Instruments) PCIe DAQ modules in a PCI/PCIe chassis, connected via either a single or dual chassis controller. In the worst ...
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Getting a PCI-E card and onboard video to work for a triple monitor display

my computer: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16883220026 I upgraded a few years back to a nvidia 9500 GT (isn't much, but it gets the job done) I recently received a third monitor ...
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Plugging in a GPU into a PCI slot via a PCI-e to PCI converter: is it possible?

First of all, this is for a GPGPU project so I only need a very small amount of bandwidth. The bandwidth for PCI and PCI-e 1x slots are several orders of magnitude more than I need. Some people have ...
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What are PCI and PCI Express slots used for?

I'm comparing different Micro-ATX motherboards for a home server build and I was wondering what I would use PCI and PCI Express slots for? Are these used for hard-drives, GPUs, RAID controllers, RAM ...
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Will a PCI Universal card work in a PCI-E X16 slot?

I have a will a PCI Universal card but not slot. Will it work in a PCI-E X16 slot?