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Generalcarry
07-23-2011, 04:45
Bought a Dell Inspiron 640 desktop. When I opened up the back to add ram, I noticed an empty card slot. As near as I can tell looking at the schematic it's a:

#23 > "PCI Express x16 card slot (SLOT1)". What the heck is that for? The computer seems to be running find although I only beginning to set it up.
Guess what I'm asking is could they have left something out, and if so, how could I tell?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp620620S/Insp620/en/sm/techov.htm#wp1268982

eracer
07-23-2011, 04:52
It exists for the sole purpose of providing you the ability to add a device that requires a PCI-e slot.

Not to put too fine a point on it, but someone who doesn't know what an expansion slot is for probably shouldn't be opening their computer's case...

Generalcarry
07-23-2011, 05:14
Guess there are those who choose to look and wonder, and those who will tear it apart to learn. Worse case scenario is I'm out a few bucks. Now I have to figure out what I can plug into a PCI-e extension slot!

eracer
07-23-2011, 05:17
Guess there are those who choose to look and wonder, and those who will tear it apart to learn. Worse case scenario is I'm out a few bucks. Now I have to figure out what I can plug into a PCI-e extension slot!Lots of cool things!

caviteno_loco
07-23-2011, 06:01
Bought a Dell Inspiron 640 desktop. When I opened up the back to add ram, I noticed an empty card slot. As near as I can tell looking at the schematic it's a:

#23 > "PCI Express x16 card slot (SLOT1)". What the heck is that for? The computer seems to be running find although I only beginning to set it up.
Guess what I'm asking is could they have left something out, and if so, how could I tell?

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/insp620620S/Insp620/en/sm/techov.htm#wp1268982

It's a slot used for an aftermarket videocard.

Something like this..

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16814500187

For slots 21 and 20 you can put different expansion cards such as..

Controller card - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816104022
Wireless Adapter - http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833316115&Tpk=pcie%20x1%20wifi

and a whole lot more.