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Windows 7: PCI-E x1 Sound card blocked by video card cooler.

30 Jan 2010   #1
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 
PCI-E x1 Sound card blocked by video card cooler.

So here's the dealeo. A buddy of mine just picked up a new PCI Express x1 sound card (brand/model unknown) for his new PC.

The problem is that his video card cooler, Radeon HD 4850, blocks any possibility of installing the new sound card.

Any solutions? Apart from the obvious one (buying a new sound card).

Thanks =).


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30 Jan 2010   #2
steve-pressman

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1
 
 

I think you answered you own question


Steve
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30 Jan 2010   #3
bobkn

Windows 7 Pro X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
So here's the dealeo. A buddy of mine just picked up a new PCI Express x1 sound card (brand/model unknown) for his new PC.

The problem is that his video card cooler, Radeon HD 4850, blocks any possibility of installing the new sound card.

Any solutions? Apart from the obvious one (buying a new sound card).

Thanks =).
Use it in a different PCI-E slot? In principle, it wouldn't have to be a X1 slot.

(I admit that when I tried my PCI-soundcard in aanother slot, the system didn't boot.)
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31 Jan 2010   #4
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

His motherboard only has one of each (PCI Express x16 & PCI Express x1 slots).

He's pretty much F'ed up on this one IMO.

Thanks anyways you guys.
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31 Jan 2010   #5
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
His motherboard only has one of each (PCI Express x16 & PCI Express x1 slots).

He's pretty much F'ed up on this one IMO.

Thanks anyways you guys.
Most motherboard's have a number of PCI Express slots - does he have another x16/x8/x1 slot? Any graphics card with balls will swallow 2 slots, maybe 3 with a 4870X2.
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31 Jan 2010   #6
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cheeriokilla View Post
His motherboard only has one of each (PCI Express x16 & PCI Express x1 slots).

He's pretty much F'ed up on this one IMO.

Thanks anyways you guys.
Most motherboard's have a number of PCI Express slots - does he have another x16/x8/x1 slot? Any graphics card with balls will swallow 2 slots, maybe 3 with a 4870X2.
Nope. Just 2 (x16 and x1).
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31 Jan 2010   #7
Frostmourne

Windows 7 Ultimate x86-64
 
 

Must be a poor/old motherboard, you could return the card and exchange it for a PCI version, does he have any free PCI slots?
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31 Jan 2010   #8
stormy13
Microsoft MVP

Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Must be a poor/old motherboard
More like a ATX board with limited space and limited slots.
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31 Jan 2010   #9
SlackerITGuy

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Frostmourne View Post
Must be a poor/old motherboard, you could return the card and exchange it for a PCI version, does he have any free PCI slots?
Somewhat old.

It's a ATX G31 Intel chipset based board IIRC.
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