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Old 17th December 2013, 11:32 PM   #1
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Default PCI card is too tall- help!

So... my lovely wife, after getting sick of hearing me complain about the crappy XP computer I use in the lab got me a very nice Windows 7 machine. The problem is that the M-Audio 192 card I use is full height and HP shipped her a low profile machine (without really mentioning that fact- this model is apparently available in two versions). The edge connecters are fine, but the card obviously doesn't fit. Any suggestions, or are we screwed?
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Old 17th December 2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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Looking at the card, your screwed

Best bet is get in contact with HP and see can you exchange it, i'm not a fan of the lower profile machines your better off with the bigger ones.
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Well, phooey. Not the answer I wanted to hear.
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Old 18th December 2013, 12:24 AM   #4
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Depending on the horizontal room available inside the case, there are adapters designed for that situation. Look for PCI right-angle adapter or extender.
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I found those, but they don't allow connection of the analog interface connector on the back of the card. If we can't exchange, I'm thinking of just moving the motherboard into a different case.
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Old 18th December 2013, 01:09 AM   #6
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PCI PCIe Riser Card
(Note the flexible ones)

Another option is leaving the case open, or cut a hole in the panel....

Pick your poison.

Personally, I'd use this as an excuse to upgrade/get another sound card. I got this: UR28M:|http://www.steinberg.net/

The UR44 looks good.

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Before doing anything drastic, see if you can get the 24/192 into a slot and operational, even with the cover off the PC. I have 5 or 6 different M-Audio cards including a 24/96 and a 24/192. All have been in and out of several computers over the last several years with good results.

I recently built a new Mega PC running an overclocked Haswell chip in an MSI motherboard. There are two budget video cards to run two monitors and a TV set. All of the M-Audio cards pick up bus noise in this machine. You can hear faint background noises whenever the mouse is moved. The 24/96 is the worst and the Delta 1010LT is the best, so that's what's in the machine now. I tried all the PCI eX slots and the one furthest away from the video cards is the quietest.


I think that a USB box is the best solution since it gets the converters and opamps out of the noisy PC. I have a MOTU Micro Book II that I got for playing my guitar through the laptop and it is totally silent with this PC.
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I think that a USB box is the best solution since it gets the converters and opamps out of the noisy PC. I have a MOTU Micro Book II that I got for playing my guitar through the laptop and it is totally silent with this PC.
So another vote for the new soundcard solution! Woho!
FYI, the yamaha mic pre gets a lot of praise... (Steinberg = Yamaha)
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Before doing anything drastic, see if you can get the 24/192 into a slot and operational, even with the cover off the PC.
It physically won't fit- the rear panel of the computer sees to that. I've had this card in three different computers so far, worked fine in all of them. Its performance is great, so I'm disinclined to replace it (and couldn't afford to anyway until my ex-wife has the courtesy to die).

Appreciate the suggestions from everyone. If we can't exchange the computer, I'll try an extender and hope that doesn't cause noise issues. If it does, then the XP machine comes back and I have another year of complaining until next Christmas.
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Does the XP machine have enough processor power to run W7. 64 bit XP died during birth, so very few copies exist....and it sucks, so I assume you have 32 bit XP, which only sees 3.7 GB of memory.

If the processor is 64 bit capable, you can upgrade to 64 bit W7 and then add more memory. I have been able to make a few rather sluggish laptops come to life with W7, 8 gigs of RAM, and an SSD.

Sherri got me a Core I7 laptop for Christmas right after I fixed up the old Toshiba, so I sent the Toshi to my daughter......W8 is no fun either. It took me 3 days to figure out where they hid the shutdown button! The touch screen has a mind of its own too. I think it can see me when I give it the finger......
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