Installing a PCI card in a PCI-e x16 slot

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  1. memory

    memory Senior member

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    I know this might be a dumb question and idea but would a PCI card work in a PCI-e x16 slot?

    The reason I ask is because my motherboard only has one PCI slot and I have 2 PCI cards, network adapter and a sound card. For the network adapter, I was using a usb adapter but I can't get that to work since I reinstalled Windows. So now I am back to using the PCI adapter. I am thinking about hooking up directly to the router so I can eliminate the use of an adapter. I just don't know how many feet it will take since I am on the top floor and the router is in the basement.

    Anyways, I know some of you might say use onboard sound but I don't care for the onboard sound that much. I guess my x-fi card has spoiled me.

    I thought about buying a pci-e x1 sound card but with my motherboard, it looks like it will not fit in either slot, definitely not the top one. Someone on another forum says pci-e x1 cards will work in x16 slots. I really don't want to buy anything else just yet.

    Long story short, would a PCI card work in a PCI-e x16 slot? Is there any risk of damage? I would not force anything if it didn't fit. Would the computer recognize it as a video card? Would it work the same as it would in a PCI slot?
     
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  3. IGemini

    IGemini Platinum Member

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    No. Absolutely. No, that's absurd. And that's a pointless question since they won't work. Just looking at a PCI and PCI-e slot next to each other will show that they aren't meant to be interchangeable.

    Alternative suggestion: get a network card (wired or wireless, if applicable) that uses PCI-e 1x. Much cheaper, smaller size, and more common than sound cards.
     
  4. memory

    memory Senior member

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    That is what I figured. I think I am going to run a wire directly to the router to get internet.
     
  5. VirtualLarry

    VirtualLarry Lifer

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    Yeah, just use a hammer, it'll work.
    *evilgrin*
     
  6. Absolution75

    Absolution75 Senior member

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    PCI & PCI-E as said, are not compatible.

    Your other question though -
    You can however use PCI-E 1x in a PCI-E 2x, 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x slot (and even technically the other way too, you can use PCI-E 16x slots in 1x slots, but they may not fit).
     
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    VirtualLarry Lifer

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    Do they make physical PCI-E x32 slots?
     
  8. dac7nco

    dac7nco Senior member

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    Virtual Larry, the only place I've seen 32-lane PCI express is on that ridiculous SMP Atom server's CPU daughter-boards Anand tested.

    Daimon
     
  9. Turtle.Man

    Turtle.Man Member

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    And what will you connect to the other end of the wire if you don't have a NIC? t-man
     
  10. boran

    boran Golden Member

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    He is probably talking about a wireless card now.
    Most mobos these days come with at least one network card built in. So I guess that is what he will use.