Fix PCI slots?

About 5 years ago when I built my first computer, I made a few mistakes, perhaps the one that is the most crippling is attempting to fit a D-link WiFi PCI card while the machine was plugged in. Caused the PC to shut down instantly after that characteristic pop. :O This has caused the card to die (I thought), and caused the PCI slots on the motherboard to die. Nothing is recognized on those 2 ports. I would like to know if my PCI-e slots are dead, but I do not have any PCI-e cards to test. :-( I accepted this as fact for the longest time. Out of curiosity, I decided to to investigate this further, and rebuilt a 10 year old computer that I was pretty sure has working PCI slots, so I plugged in a 56K modem and the questionable WiFi card, and ran the lspci command on linux, and saw the 56K modem, but not the D-link card. Great, so I've got dial up lol! Anyway, there was a huge low dropout 3.3V, 5A AIC1084-33PM voltage regulator that was easy to probe with a multimeter on the dead D-link card, and I suppose it takes 5V from the PCI port and regulates it to 3.297V measured. Too bad this isn't what had failed. That would have also been an easy fix if that all that was wrong. Now when I move both cards over to my Z77 rig, I notice that there is NO voltage measured across the output of the D link card and ground, indicating pontenially no power to the ports. My guess is that I killed an hair-thin internal trace on the mobo for the power rail, I think this should be an easy fix, if only I knew exactly which pin is what. I do not know the layout of a big PCI bus, or ATX power supply for that matter, and I certainly do NOT want to fry my new (but now old I guess) motherboard! I do however have a motherboard I can cross-reference for pinout. Anyway if I do figure out that the PCI-e slots do actually work, I would like to get a GPU into this rig for general performance improvements, so what <$100 graphics card is recommended?

Question by -max- 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


PCI Device Tutorial

I can't seem to find any tutorials for creating a PCI card.I was thinking of something like a simpler version of this.Anyone here made an PCI devices? Or any links?Thanks.

Topic by alexgeek 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


What is a good PCI (E, x16) video card for Dual monitors (extended desktop)I wa? Answered

I want to set up dual monitors on my computer so I can have an extended desktop. The only problems are, is that there are hundreds of video cards (i dont know much about video cards, but I know how to install them) and the other problem is that I dont have an AGP slot on my computer, I have an PCI, a PCIE, and a PCI x16. Can anybody recomend a descent video card for this? Thanks!

Question by bwpatton1 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Possible to view two TV stations on one PCI TV card

I'm wondering if a TV tuner card in a computer can view two stations at once because I don't really want to have a server with a TV card that is inadequate for the network...

Topic by thermoelectric 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Will a wireless pci card still work if 2 antennas are connected to one antenna port?

I have a dell optiplex gx280 that I got for free, and am planning on modding it. Since it uses half height pci card covers, I cannot use my wireless card (which works in it, but the metal cover is full height). I would like to wire the antenna port traces to a spare wireless antenna port I have. I am wondering if there wil be any change in wireless reception if two antennas are wired to one antenna port on a desktop pci wireless card. (if it even works). Thank you in advance for any help you might give.

Question by The Person Is Here 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I has an onboard ATI onboard video card Answered

Can i buy an nvidia card and somehow disable my onboard one?

Question by hellstudios 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Will PCIe x1 cards work in PCIe x16 slots?

I am getting the asus p6t deluxe v2, and i have a pcie x1 tv tuner card and a pcie x1 sound card, the first pcie x16 slot is taken up by my dual slot graphics card, will the tuner and sound card work in the other pcie x16 slots?

Question by kmlucy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Wi-Fi USB Adapter or PCI Wireless card

If i use a USB wifi adapter with a manual(hand made) antenna can it work like a PCI wireless card without and antenna.i want to connect to a wireless network (that provide wireless internet) that is in 350 meter distance to my home.i don't want to buy a PCI wireless card (because of it's cost).and want to use a manual antenna like this : Uni-Directional WIFI Range Extender that posted from tm36usa. thnaks very match.

Topic by sampro 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


custom computer build problems with PCI expansion slots? help please!

My build is: ASrock z77 extreme4 mobo Intel core i5 3570K CPU GEIL 8GB (4x2) dual channel DDR3 ram old Samsung HDD (i plan to change this out soon) Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit (and 12.04 32 bit on dvd) old d-link WDA-1320 PCI WiFi card TV/FM winTV-HVR-1600 (also PCI) whenever i plug the WiFi card or TV tuner into the PC slot, the motherboard does not recognize it. (system browser inside the BIOS) this it getting annoying since i don't have WiFi and don't like using my old usb adapter  not to mention the TV (however i think the tuner is shot, not working, it only crashes Ubuntu when it is installed.) i don't know if this something misconfigured or something wrong with the mobo. i recently have been have problems with what i think is my HDD going bad, where Ubuntu crashes and need a fresh install i do have a 1 year extended warenty i bought from newegg to go along with the mobo. i don't have anything to plug into the other slots so i cant test them to see if they are working.

Question by -max- 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Which of these video cards is better? Answered

I was looking online to see about getting a new video card to replace the 256mb one in my system. My budget is less than $75 and i found these at OTV's site I live in Saskatoon, so there is no problem with shipping costs. which one has more bang for the buck? ATI 5450 1GB PCI-E ATI 5450 1GB PCIE (More Expensive) Nvidia GeForce 210 512MB PCI-E Which one of these three is the best for their price? Preferably between the two 1GB ones.

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Upgrading wireless card? Answered

I bought an Atheros wireless-N mini PCI-E card for an HP DV7 series laptop, to replace the Broadcom wireless-G card, however, when installed, I just get a bios error "unsupported network card". I removed it and restarted with the original card and it works fine. I trhen tried installing the card live, and it detected it and installed the software, but then BSOD (my first one for Windows 7 actually), so I swapped back to the original card again. I then installed the card in the secondary bay, live, and it installed the drivers successfully, but when swapped with the original card again (the wires don't reach to the other bay), it failed to boot again. How can I replace the original card?

Question by andy70707 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


EVGA 01G-P3-N959-TR GeForce 9500 GT Video Card compared to a XFX Radeon HD 4550? Answered

Ok, as the title sugests (i cant spell that word!), which is better? The GeForce 9500 GT or the Radeon HD 4550? I have the 4550 and im wondering if the 9500 will out-perform the 4550. I play a little cod 2 and gta san andreas multiplayer. PLEASE REPLY!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Why is my internet slow?

My question is deeper than what it says in the title. Ok, so to start, I have a gaming computer that I built myself. It has an AMD 8350 (Eight Cores @4Ghz) and a 1GB Radeon 7790. I have been using a cisco wireless usb stick. With that, I usually get around a 19ms ping from Western Mass to Boston. I usually get around a 16Mb/s download speed and 4.5Mb/s upload speed. I am fine with that. So I recently bought a Rosewill Wireless LAN PCI Card from newegg. It's model is RNX-N300X. It's CD came with a RALink software too. When I went to speedtest.net I only got 0.17Mbps download!!! My upload is a bit more with about 5.6Mbps. My ping is better too with about 15 or 16 ms ping. From a bit of slow research (Using this card) I found that one person was complaining with 50-75mbps because he usually gets 100-200. The responses suggested that it was because the card is for N type routers and not G type. The old usb stick I was using is also G type. But other responses claim that that doesn't matter and it simply is just the speed. So N should be faster, correct? My router is a Cisco E1200 which I believe is N type. I don't see the problem. Why is my download speed so terribly slow? Right now I will rely on my USB stick as I did before.

Question by knexpert1700 5 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


server problem Answered

i recently found a server in a trash bin wich works almost perfectly. there are two problems: 1)   the video port does not function 2)   you need a password to log into it. so my questions are: 1)    does anyone know a company who makes pci ( and not VGA OR pci express) video cards 2)    does anyone know how to break through a password thanks for responding!

Question by didgitalpunk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is this? Answered

 It says MFS 474K 250V.  It is on a dial-up PCI card.

Question by jj.inc 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Video card questions Answered

I've recently gotten a free PC (a HP Evo D510) which I intend to do some moderate networked gaming on.  My plan was to buy a cheap AGP or PCI graphics card, but I'm unsure what to go with (ATI/nVidia, AGP/PCI). I've only had experience with PCI-E cards so far. From what I've read, AGP is faster than PCI.  I assume this is correct?  Looking at NewEgg, it would seem that AGP ATI cards are ludicrously better than AGP nVidia cards.  Is this the case?  The computer to be upgraded has 2 Gib of RAM and a 2.4 Ghz P4.  I'm anticipating the porcessor to be a bottleneck, along with slow bus speeds.  I suppose my main question here is what GPU should I roll with?  I'd like to spend less that $75, but that's flexible to a certain extent.  Anyways, thanks in advance.

Question by RelaxedSoup 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Bouncing PC! How to secure PCI/PCIe cards and keep cables in place?

I have a desktop PC with a lot of components including a large number of PCI/PCIe cards. The problem I have is that the machine is regularly transported long distances by a variety of means, including rail, road and sea. What happens is that the (often quite generous) jars and jolts of the journey cause cables to fall out and cards to rise out of their slots at the unsecured end. Each time I have to open everything up and reseat everything. If the machine arrives somewhere where I'm not, it can't be used until I arrive. I've gotten around the problem of SATA cables falling out by purchasing cables that clip into place rather than just flap about in the usual fashion. What I don't know how to do is secure ribbon cables, audio cables, cards and the like.  Because of various constraints: - I can't use plastic zip ties (there's nowhere to secure them) - I can't use brackets (the cards are half height) - I can't swap out or modify the chassis The only option appears to be glue. Old fashioned sticky stuff. Thing is, I've read an awful lot of things on the web and while this question gets asked a fair amount there is no consensus. Some people say to use a conducting type (which seems plain idiotic, given that if applied to a PCI interface it'll short out), and others say to use a glue gun (which might introduce problems with regard to the heat and chemicals). The only suggestion that made sense was a silicon sealant from Loctite designed specifically for circuit boards - Tempflex - but there's almost no information about it and the word 'Temp' makes me concerned it's just a makeshift solution (no pun intended). It's also really too expensive to buy a tube and only then discover it won't work. Does anyone have any thoughts?

Topic by 10,000 Angry Vegans 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


What graphics card should i get? Answered

I have a compaq SR1620NX . Right now it has a integrated graphics card (ATI Radeon XPress 200) which sucks. What new card should i get. I'll spend up to 150ish US dollar. Specs: 3 PCI slots 1 PCI Express x16 slot 2ghz processor 1.5 Gb RAM

Question by The Red Button 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Whats the best upgrade for a laptop WIFI PCI-E wireless card?

Im thinking of upgrading it to an N card but there's too many to chose from. This is for a DELL INSPIRON 1501 laptop Windows Vista with a factory wifi G card.. What's the latest and best card as far as performance. And what's the difference from an INTEL WIFI (N) and WIFI/WIMAX (N)card like the INTEL 5350,INTEL5300? I'm looking for speed and better Tell me what you guys think?

Question by PitStoP 10 years ago


I have a salvaged poker machine which a part that I cannot understand. Could someone help me understand it?

All that can be said is it has in puts and out puts, lots of transistors, resistors, and microcontrollers. It requires the same plug needed to power a Floppy drive, it has 2 places for USB one that connects directly to the mother board and anothother that is standard USB.  it has written in small letters, PSG PCI 1/0 USB 11/11/2004 REV .04 Could someone please tell me what this part is and what I can use it for? I dont have anymore information about it but I can take more pictures if needed

Question by fastcar123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


How can we convert a wifi card (intel pro wireless) to a usb wifi adapter.

I have a intel pro wireless intel pro wireless 3945abg.(Grabbed it from my old laptop) I want to convert it to a usb wifi adapter. https://www.instructables.com/id/Running-mini-PCI-e-3G-card-with-USB-mini-PCI-e-t/ I m taking some help from this article. Help Needed! Thanks in advance.

Topic by TechnoM2 1 year ago


what can i do with this?

I have a chip off of a mother board here and i was wondering wht can i use it for. it is an award (company name) 1998 pci/pnp 686 216816591

Topic by fretmelter 11 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


ethernet cards

I have an abundance of old network cards for pc, alot of which have removeable chips.  Are those things good for anything?  Some of the cards are pci and some are old isa cards.

Topic by kithso 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Anyone know of something to replace a RP-SMA wifi antenna?

I am missing the antenna for a Linksys PCI card in my desktop and I was wondering if anyone knew a good way to replace it. Thanks

Question by michaeld1 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


motherboard ? Answered

Hi! Just wnated to know if anyone knew a motherboard wich has 7 or more pci slots( PCI, PCIe, and alll thyese kinda ports) , wich can host DDR3 ram, and is compatible with the Intel® Core™ i7-3960X Processor Extreme Edition. Also, it has to be fully compatible with this case . By fully compatible, i mean all the connections that have to be made from the case to the motherboard have to be pluged in.T Thanks for your time! ps: I'm asking this because next year or so i want to make myself a gaming rig. <> narowed my results to four motherboards. they are all on >tiger direct<

Question by didgitalpunk 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


how to repair my laptop without buy a new motherboard?

I have made a pcie mini card to pcie x1, i plugged PCI (NOT PCIe) an my laptop could turned on but no display. and i was try to connect to external monitor, it doesn't show anything. my laptop is acer aspire 4540 amd turion II x2 m520,  Motherboard LA-5521P.

Question by Rendydevara 8 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Ethernet to USB 3.0?

I was looking around this afternoon and found the wonderful 'PCI Express X16 to USB 3.0 adapter' which got me thinking, This could be an awesome way to add a better graphics card to a small computer e.g. a laptop or preferably a Raspberry Pi. Now i know that the Pi doesn't have any USB 3.0 ports but it does have Ethernet (which from past experience is quite a lot faster than USB 2.0) My question to you is this: Is it possible to get a USB 3.0 to Ethernet adapter so that we can have USB 3.0 ports on a Raspberry Pi, and if so would the Pi be fast enough to run an external graphics card connected through a PCI Express to USB 3.0 adapter?

Question by macman808 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


What is the best site for buying computer hardware? Answered

I was wondering what a good site is for buying good quality, affordable, computer hardware (like PCI cards, ram, video cards, fans, heat sinks/distributors, CPUs motherboards, etc..) Thanks!  -Shadow Ops

Question by Arbitror 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


CPU Upgrade????? PLEASE REPLY!!!

Hi all. I am looking to upgrade my CPU cooler in my pc. Mycurrent cpu is a Pentium 4 3.0Ghz. My Motherboard is an Asus P5KPL-AM-EPU. I am trying to decide whether to buy a Pentium Dual-Core E6500, or a Core 2 Duo E7600. I USUALLY buy from CircuitCity because of their prices. Again, my choices are: Pentium Dual-Core E6500 Core 2 Duo E7600 I want something BETTER than the Pentium 4, but I dont want to spend much more than 200 dollars, preferably.. closer to 120 or so.. I know that those prices are CHEAP for a CPU, but well.. I dont have the money for a NEW pc, or a Core 2 Quad or expensive Core 2 Duo. If you're wondering why I dont have the money for a new pc or a more expensive CPU, Its because im 12. :D PLEASE REPLY ASAP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THANKS FOR YOUR TIME!

Question by sci4me 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


What is the best graphics card available for this computer that won't bottleneck the CPU? Answered

Specifications: 2GB DDR2 (up to 4GB max). Intel Pentium 4 CPU with HyperthreadingT @ 2.8GHz overclocked to 3.4GHz stable. Runs Fedora linux. 1 PCI express x16 slot (shouldn't be a problem, PCI express x16 2.0 is backwards compatible). ASUS P5KPL-CM motherboard. I could install a Pentium D 3.0GHz for $25 and I can always upgrade the PSU to accommodate a more powerful graphics card. I need the most powerful graphics card I can get for the computer that won't bottleneck it. Below are some pictures of the computer (they are the parts from my parents' old computer that I recently upgraded; the computer runs great, I just don't have a case for it yet)

Question by epicnoobpwn 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Better Graphics?

Ok, is the ATI Radeon 9000 Diablotek graphics card better than the Intel G33/G31 Express Chipset Family onboard graphics? Specs: Pentium 4 2.5 GB DDR2 Ram Asus P5KPL-AM EPU Motherboard 80 GB Seagate Baracuda HDD YEAH!

Question by sci4me 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


graphics card

All right i have a PCI graphics card and was wondering; if i purchase a card that has a VGA port and a TV-out/s-video will it work if i don't have a hole for the TV-out? Here are pics Current: http://img263.imageshack.us/my.php?image=dsc04899nr8.jpgFuture: http://img260.imageshack.us/my.php?image=tvoutexamplesvideocardskb4.jpg

Topic by Coffee bean 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


electric current of Motherboard (approximately)? only motherboard, processor and ram, no HDD, PCI, PCIe, DVD Drive?

I made a plan to make the battery for the motherboard, I want to know, how much current is needed. I asks this because I have broken mutimeter. and i have a plan to buy MSI 785GM-P45, amd athlon II x2 245

Question by Rendydevara 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Amps and Volts? Answered

So i have a atx pc power supply and i am going to use a pci cable to draw power from it for a led lighting system and the led light system can only take up to 12 v at 2 a, will that destroy the led light system or will it be fine? (also i cant open up the box that controls the light system to fix the blown fuse)

Question by Austinthemighty 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Boot from usb.....

Ok I have a server compaq proliant running UBUNTU ( and i love ubuntu but i need to boot into SLAX ) And I am trying to set my computer to boot from usb but it dosent have that option because the usb ports are pci cards. So my question is is there a floppy disk image or cd image that will tell bios to boot from the usb port ?

Topic by littlechef37 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Ati Radeon 2400 Pro series

I got a ati radeon 2400 hd pro and i put in my PCI express slot and it boots up fine but when it loads it reads as radeon 2400 Xt for some reason anyone got any suggestions as to why this is happening?. if you need more info let me know cant be drivers its the original disk for drivers and its not virus cause i reformatted twice and it still happening

Topic by IIwootII 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can i make a wifi Extender antenna with a pie-tin?

Kind of like the ones in the image, The Wifi Receiver is one of those USB ones, That look like a USB thumb drive, I am used to those PCI card ones XD Would it work? And has anyone done it? Because, I have one lying around...And my wifi signal is by far too weak. Thanks

Question by ReCreate 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


My speakers won't give sound (Realtek HD Audio)?

To start off, I'll tell how it all happened. First, almost 3 months ago I bought a PCI Wireless card from newegg, it came in a week later and it was defective. I returned it for a new one and got it another two weeks later (Very slow shipping). It was working, but when I installed what was on the disk it came with, my HD Audio Manager went wacky and said I was plugging in and out audio devices. I just clicked OK on all of them. So I got good speeds but I realized I hadn't any audio coming from my speakers. The realtek HD audio was set to default playback device and both ports on the audio jack were securely in. It simply wouldn't work. A restart didn't fix it either. So I uninstalled and reinstalled the drivers for the PCI Wireless card a couple of times, restarting time after time just going through troubleshooting processes in hope that one would fix it. So during the process, after the first time of uninstalling I found the card defective again only giving 0.8Mb/s download speed just as the first defective card. Over the whole convoluted process I hadn't fixed my speakers, my mouse drivers broke so I had to put it into a different port, and I have another defective PCI wireless card. So my question is, how would I fix my speakers? The speakers are in my monitor and what it's usually named is Realtek HD Audio or something but now it's named High Definition Audio Device. Are there any fixes I can try? Or is more information needed? Thanks!

Question by knexpert1700 5 years ago


how do i choose a video card Answered

I want something cheep like 50 bucks. the only reason i want it is for plugging it into the tv and waching movies and playing emulated classic games. will a good video card help with emulation. will a cheep video card have blurry output almost forgot i need pci express or agp video card would this do the job http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3053801&CatId;=1558

Question by Tanners 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


How Mac 11fx 650mb HD dump to CD?

I would like to power up an old workhorse and dump the SCSI to a CD. Mac 11fx runing System 7.5 to a CD so I can view the files and print or use as portfolio materials. Do not have a CD burner for this old Mac so am thinking of using Windows machine with SCSI PCI card to burn. Any network suggestions or file format interchange ideas would be appreciated.

Question by farmerboy2 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


windows 7 is worth it, right? Answered

Hi, i am building myself a new pc and was planning on installing windows 7 the specs are: -3.2GHz pentium D -No sata hdd yet... -ATI radeon 256mb PCI-E Graphics card -2 Gigs of ram -and a dvd burner too i was wondering, should i install windows 7, or just install good old windows xp? PS: i plan on playing lots of games on this computer. (like trackmania, rainbow six lockdown, etc...)

Question by zack247 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Blank screen for dual monitor support, bad PSU or Bad Video card

2 computers (X,Y) X is intel 478 1GBram 80 GBHDD (celeron 2.6) 200W PSU ATIradeon 9200(PCI), can get multy monitor on this system. Y is same litlle newer 2GBram 80&40GB HDDs (p4 3.0GhzHT prescott)  300W ATIraeon 9550(AGP) cant get dual monitor. onboard wont work if card plugged in.  2nd monitor plugge in with DVI-VGA Adapter.  it gets power but screen is blank.  ATI cat and windows recognizes both monitors but can't get video to display on 2nd.  I really ont want to buy a psu if I don't need one.... will  try plugging in 9200 PCI into Y tonight if it works then don't think its power supply (cuz it will be powering to vieo cards) anyone know what may be my prob...Also noticed when enabling in windows, screen resolution says it is 1024,0 (should be 1024,768)  lights are green on both monitors. when 1st monitor goes to standby second monitor follows.... Please before I lose all my hair... anyhelp?....

Question by liggy 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can I connect a 2.4G Wireless cam to my Laptop´s Wifi?

I want to receive my wireless 2,4G battery powered camera with my laptop without using the receiver for home use, because this one needs externel power connection. My laptop (IBM Thinkpad T41) has a 2.4G Wifi mini PCI-card with IEEE 802.11 a/b/g. Is there any way to connect the camera to my laptop without using this external receiver? Thanks a lot, Randy

Question by Randy_1881 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


Should i switch to Windows Seven? Answered

 I'm currently on xp, i have a 2nd drive to make it easy to transfer data and i play A LOT of videogames (team fortress 2, halo. etc...) so i want to know if i should change to seven. I want to know if i will be able to play Call of Duty 4, and a bunch of SOURCE engine games on that OS, would running both a heavy OS and the game could lower my FPS? No problem with the money, as i will just warez download it. (trusted source) MY RIG: Tipo de procesador DualCore Intel Pentium E2140, 1600 MHz (8 x 200) Nombre de la Placa Base ECS 945GZT-M (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2 DIMM, Audio, Video, LAN) Chipset de la Placa Base Intel Lakeport-G i945GZ Memoria del Sistema 1536 MB (DDR2 SDRAM) Tipo de BIOS AMI (04/09/07) Tarjeta gráfica NVIDIA GeForce 9400 GT (1024 MB) - I think it will run Aero. C: (NTFS) 76316 MB (5194 MB libre) D: (NTFS) 38201 MB (8029 MB libre) I could also reinstall XP, would you suggest this over switching to seven?

Question by santy22 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


wifi receiver/repeater??

Hi everyone, i looked at the instructable of the wokfi antenna and the site of where it all started on that topic ( http://www.usbwifi.orcon.net.nz/ ).i found a free wifi access in my area, i got 1 pc (ethernet card+ usb wifi dongle), one laptop (wifi), a nintendo wii (wifi) and an old pc (233mhz, ethernet card) also a spare ethernet pci card and a pcmcia wifi not in the laptop, laying around .here's what i would like to do to have internet for free:- get the signal from the free wifi access point to the 233 mhz pc- use that pc as a firewall- then send the signal thru the ethernet cable and with another wifi (the pcmcia in the pc with a pcmcia to pci adapter or another usb wifi dongle, witch ever is cheaper) because my laptop can't reach the free wifi access point, it's to far..i'm looking for help on this please, i'll do an instructable with it because i think it could also be usefull to other. that whole idea of free wifi to anyone could be used here. because, let's say in a block, dorm, appartment a far away wifi connection could be shared localy. i've been digging for an intense 2 days now but my knowledge about networks and english (my first language is french) aren't that good so if anybody got an idea where to start looking it would be very appreciated.

Topic by novielo 11 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


PC SLAVE TOWER

Ok here is the idea, I have a main tower, plus a dozen or so old ones.  I wsa wondering if it is possible to some how link 2 motherboards so that one acts as a slave for the other.     First thought was that it may be as simple as running a cable from the ide ports.  That may be totally off but that is where I got the idea.    Target goals of theory 1. Additional disk drives- this would allow you to use additional HDD in the other case this was my primary objective. 2. Might the additional processor be able to split the tasks of the computer as a whole? In theory would it then be ran as 2 seperate computers or as one whole with dual processors (does such a thing exist?) 3. extra usb space. 4. additional vga outputs- I have 5 screens right now using the onboard, a dual port pci-e and a pci vid card plus a usb adapter one.  rather clusterry.  I have a additional screen but no card space for it.  I intend to eventually be able to use each independantly or as one large 2x3 screen for watching movies, but that in itself is not as of yet crucial to the theory. So can it be done buy this method or for that matter any method? If so how would I even start? I thank all those much wiser on this that I in advance

Topic by married_n_macon 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Post your gaming rig (or any other rig) specs here

I figured there must be some PC gamers on here, so i think it's time we show how macho (or not) we are by posting the specs of our gaming rigs. I'll start:Pentium 4 @ 3.00ghz2gb DDR2 RAMPoint Of View 7600GT 256mb DDR3 PCI-E Graphics CardLogitech G15 Gaming keyboardLogitech G3 laser mouseGeneric HeadsetThis caseSo go ahead and post your rig.

Topic by whatsisface 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Wifi Extender

Hello All, Im puzzled by a simple wifi aerial, i have an old pci wifi card which is slow but works perfectly fine, the only downfall is the range so i un-soldered the original antenna and soldered on some copper wire (approx 2mm thick copper) and on the end of this attached a connector and that attached to a new antenna, but that didnt work,  The signal was weaker, i know one option is to go and buy a new better wifi card but i wanted to dabble with creating a stronger wifi aerial, (in my head this would work but in practical it didn't). Why And what did i do wrong?    

Topic by nats0128 3 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


How can i network my 2 computers to share internet connection, when my internet comes from a Yagi USB antenna

Computer 1 has windows vista, and gets internet through YAGI Computer 2 has XP Both computers have unused ethernet cards Have router- Linksys WRT54G Computer 2 has PCI wireless card, but picks up only 1 signal, not useable signal ? is this even possible? im network Stupid by the way. Need it spelled out for me?

Question by jefletch 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


ATi (AMD) GPU Problem Answered

I recently recieved an XFX Radeon HD 6850 card after reluctantly switching from nVidia. My previous card was an MSI N8400GS 512MB DDR2, and wasn't up to spec with the latest games. I installed teh card using standard procedures (grounding myself, carefully removing and inserting cards etc. I have determined it isn't a problem with my setup or power supply, as my system specs exceed all of those required by the card. The only one it didn't meet was PCI-E x16 2.1, mine is on;y 2.0, but I'm told it is backwards compatible, and it wasn't listed as a requirement (only pci-e x16). I have installed the drivers from the ATi website, and uninstalled my old ones. The crd does not run hot at any time, so overheating isn't a problem. The problem is I sometimes heat interference on the headphones, even though I'm using a separate sound card. I also get digital interference on the screen (I'm using DVI). When I try to put any kind of stress on the card (run-in tests, benchmarking, or gaming), the display driver stops responding multiple times, the interference increases, and sometimes the system halts and I have to reset. I can't think of any good reason for this problem other than a faulty card, but I bought it brand new @ factory sealed, with no modifications or over clocking. Any idea what the problem might be?

Question by andy70707 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago