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    I recently converted one of my Dell Poweredge servers into a beefy XP Pro machine and now I would like to find a decent video card that will run but I am having a problem finding one that matches the MB specs
    1
    SLOT_5 - PCI 32-bit, 33-MHz (5-V)
    2
    SLOT_4 - PCI-X 64-bit, 133-MHz (3.3-V)
    3
    SLOT_3 - PCI-X 64-bit, 133-MHz (3.3-V)
    4
    SLOT_2 - x1 lane width PCI-Express
    5
    SLOT_1 - x8 lane width PCI-Express



    I know the PCI Express 16 doesn't fit and I haven't been able to find any X8 cards. Can anyone suggest where to buy a PCI Xpress x8 or would you recommend going the old PCI route and if so what kind of card would one recommend? No gaming will be involved but I will be doing Photo editing but nothing related to Video or gaming

    Thanks

  • #2
    Re: Video Card help in XP

    Have you thought about a X8 to X16 adapter? http://www.orbitmicro.com/global/pci...ter-p-755.html
    You'll still be limited to the X8 bus speed but it might be more cost efficent maybe.

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    • #3
      Re: Video Card help in XP

      very cool I did not know about that

      Thank you

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      • #4
        Re: Video Card help in XP

        Ditto. Keep in mind that with an adapter like that, the card will sit higher than it would usually. This means that you will not be able to screw it in to secure it (minor), but if the face of the card has a connector high up it may mean you can't use that card at all. Depending on the model of server you may be able to take a dremmel to the case (wear your 'I Void Warranties' shirt for this step) to fix it. A 2900 would be fine for that, probably not something like a 2950 though.
        Gareth Howells

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        • #5
          Re: Video Card help in XP

          it is a poweredge 840 so I think it would fit

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