How do I install my PCe x1 card

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  1. snapjaw

    snapjaw Member

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    I got a wireless adapter for my desktop computer thats PCIe x1. My computer was ordered barebones online so the case and motherboard are not the same make. I think the back slot on the back of my case does not line up well with my PCIe x1 connector on the motherboard.

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    When I put the card in the bracket does not line up with the screw holes.
    If I push card bracket to fit in the holes it looks like it might bend it.
    How should I get it to fit?
     
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  2. sovietdoc

    sovietdoc Master Guru

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    Bend it.

    I bend the metal backplate all the time.
     
  3. snapjaw

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    Its not the metal backplate that bends, its bends where the card connects to the motherboard. Not much but still.
     
  4. naike

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    In my experience, some cheapish cards don't align properly with the case screw holes.
     

  5. snapjaw

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    Well I connected it and was able to screw it in without it bending much. But now I cant get it to work. I turned on my computer and ran the CD that came with the adapter but the computer shut down unexpectedly at the end of the installation,
     
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    what brand/model sound card is it?
     
  7. snapjaw

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    It is a D-Link Xtreme N Desktop PCI Ecpress Adapter. It came with an instalation CD that installs the drivers and an application (D-Link Wireless Connection Manager). I dont even get to the end of the installation before the computer shuts down and I am not able to open the Wireless Connection manager. Windows 7 troubleshooting restarts my adapter and eventually refers me to Windows Help and Support which is just a list of information about wireless networking.
     
  8. snapjaw

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    Im running sfc /scannow right now. What is that supposed to do to the network? And do you think I would have to completly uninstall my old ethernet adapter before I can install this wireless one?
     
  9. snapjaw

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    I can't get through the installation without a crash even in safe mode. Could I have damaged the card when I touched it. I unscrewed the frame to put on a smaller frame and the card kinda opened up. I put the first frame back on and installed it in my free PCIe x1 slot.


    I got the first shut down before I even tried installing from the CD. I replaced my ethernet adapter with my wireless card and got the shutdown on the first login screen of Windows 7.
     
  10. Shadowjump

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    Why dont you try a different PCI-E slot? Maybe something is bugging the motherboard. And no, dont worry, computer hardware generally doesnt get damaged when you touch it :p
     

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    My ethernet card doesn't align with the case screw holes either... I just left it in there without screwing it in.
     
  12. Lukc

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    if you don't "touch" it too hard ;)
    also some parts could be damaged by electrostatic
    (but i didn't had any problems like this, and i was used to have my old pc in parts all the time as kid :p actually, at end, it died.. but both, cpu and gpu was damaged from OCing before, and i used to use PSU as power supply for car radio, and so on :D)
     
  13. snapjaw

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    Well,
    Although I havn't gotten through a complete installation I was able to pick up 3 bars of internet so though it isn't very fast I have internet. I called the tech support for the adapter and they said since device manager recognizes it and I get some signal, the adapter is correctly installed and I might want to pick a wireless adapter thats the same brand as my router for better connection.

    Problem is my router recently broke I think. I can get to internet direct through modem but not wireless router. I didn't change any settings on my router and it does not broadcast a network at all anymore.

    I ordered another router so I have to wait a few days to get my network up.
    I also bought a strong wireless USP adapter the same brand as the router.
    I can return the card if I need to.
     
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    How far are you from your router? Any reason you can't just run a cable - I ran a cable all the way downstairs after I got fed up with wireless.
     

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