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Intel 915GAG motherboard issue

by rvandehe / March 20, 2006 7:59 AM PST

I have a emachines t5020 with an Intel 915GAG motherboard. Intel's website says this motherboard has a PCI express x16 slot. However when I opened the case there was no slot to be found. The architecture for the slot is there, but no slot for the card. Is there any way to add the slot?

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Yes. But are you????
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 8:10 AM PST

a. Able to find the parts.
b. Really great at solder work.
c. Able to find what else was left out.

If you can do this, then move ahead.

In closing, such may be a feature of the board but such can be dropped to save a few bucks on the way to making a cheaper machine. eMachine and others will do this and drop the feature from the product sheet.

Bob

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Willing? Yes. Able, remains to be seen.
by rvandehe / March 20, 2006 8:21 AM PST
In reply to: Yes. But are you????

I am willing to try to find the parts and whatever else was left out. As for the soldering I am planning on having someone else perform that. Is this a nearly impossible task? Are there people/businesses who do this sort of thing that you know of. Thanks.

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Keep in mind that..
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 9:00 AM PST

It's a multi layer board and it's rare to find someone with the tools and skill to do this. Parts might be at jameco.com or other such but what I always find is that most of these result in a dead board. Or that the parts and tools cost more than a new board.

Bob

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ahh, I see.
by rvandehe / March 20, 2006 11:49 AM PST
In reply to: Keep in mind that..

So, you would recommend just purchasing a new board. It angers me that emachines would use a board w/ that capability and not offer this feature w/ it.

Thank you for your help. A few hours of posting got me further than days of emails w/ their "support".

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It's not something to get angry over...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 20, 2006 1:48 PM PST
In reply to: ahh, I see.

Those machines are in a particular market space. It's dog eat dog and the need is to slice every penny out of the machine. As I may have written, they would simply not populate the board to reach a new low price and drop the feature off the machine's feature list.

This is a common practice and no one was slighted.

Bob

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