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Old 03-10-2012, 09:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why won't my PCI sound card fit in the slot?

Why won't this Creative Sound Blaster sound card:

http://i.imgur.com/R0FDL.jpg

Fit into any these PCI slots:

http://i.imgur.com/MtN1V.jpg

It just sits on top of the PCI slot like so, applying pressure won't make it click into place:

http://i.imgur.com/PjRIo.jpg

Seems it just doesn't want to fit, I obviously don't want to force it too hard because I don't want to break the card or mother board. Any ideas why it doesn't fit, am I missing something?
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Default Re: Why won't my PCI sound card fit in the slot?

A lot of times, the slot won't always be a nice (loose) fit. I have had to forcefully install many a PCI card. Unless you pound it in with a hammer or something like that you aren't going to break the slot. SO give it a good wiggle while trying to insert the card and it should go. I don't see why it shouldn't go in.
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Default Re: Why won't my PCI sound card fit in the slot?

On some card installs you may have to push a bit hard, same with RAM installs.
I like to push the corner down nearest the PCI bracket, then push the back of the card in, lastly checking that they card is in completely and evenly.
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Default Re: Why won't my PCI sound card fit in the slot?

Yeah, I had the same problem with some old Dell desktops. Took a lot of force to get those in.
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Default Re: Why won't my PCI sound card fit in the slot?

I've had this Problem many times before. Ram is a common one with me. Hoppefully you've Fixed the problem now. But when it comes to RAM of the DDR Generations I click one end in and work my way up the Stick for fully slot it in place. Should be the same principal with the Sound Card.
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