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Aug 1, 2011, 08:16 PM
Hi there,
What sort of things go into the PCI slots? Hard drives?

Aug 1, 2011, 08:23 PM
Not HDDs, but graphic cards or other kinds of extension cards for a variety of interfaces like eSATA, RAID, Gigabit Ethernet, ... .
And a search brought up this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conventional_PCI

HDDs go into one of the four HDD bays of the G4 or G5 PowerMacs.

Btw, one of the G5 DP 1.8GHz models has PCI-X as extension card interface:

Cox Orange
Aug 7, 2011, 09:20 AM



PCI and PCI-X are different, but one can use cards "interchangably". PCIe (or PCI express) does not fit together with PCI and PCI-X

Aug 7, 2011, 11:43 PM
What sort of cards go into PCI slots?

Aug 7, 2011, 11:52 PM
The first reply answered the question, PCI slots are basically for graphics cards, and there are also PCI USB cards, PCI Firewire Cards, PCI eSATA and/or PCI SATA cards, etc.

Other than graphics cards it's just a way to expand a Mac. Hard drives don't use a PCI slot at all.

Aug 7, 2011, 11:52 PM
What sort of cards go into PCI slots?

To answer your questions there are a lot, for example this -> http://eshop.macsales.com/MyOWC/Upgrades.cfm?sort=pop&model=176&type=Hard+Drive+Controller

Aug 8, 2011, 12:19 AM
So this is for hard drives?

Aug 8, 2011, 12:21 AM
So this is for hard drives?


Cox Orange
Aug 8, 2011, 07:55 AM
I find it interesting, that zen.states post are deleted now. I find there was a true point to it. Ok, you don't need to tell people all the time, that they could google it, but he was right.

Plus: the fact, that MacMaster asked "What sort of cards go into PCI slots?" after simsaladimbamba and me had answered, shows that he even did not look under the links we provided.
My shop links aimed at the same goal, that the OWC link did in the end. I admit that one is even more easy to understand, because it gathers the cards together more efficiently.

I can tell that zen.state has helped in other situations very well! I understand that he is some how pissed off, by people asking wiki-questions. The other side is, of course, that he would not need to answer these questions. He could just ignore them.
But then another part is, that someone has to tell people that they could have found this out on their own. This will help them, too. It will educate them to responsible, independent thinking people, if they learn to compare different sources and opinions.

We could only answer, if we don't mind.
We could add "I helped you, but you could have found this on google/wiki"
We could add the keywords we used to find the answer, to educate them how keywords should look like and be used.
Finally: we could resign in agony, if this will only add up or allow us to get pi**ed, if these things add up over the time.

Aug 8, 2011, 10:23 AM
It's crazy how the mods deleted Zen's posts, but kept all of MM's redundant ones.

Aug 8, 2011, 10:37 AM
What is a PCI slot?