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NIC installation problem - won't fit into slot. Newby-first timer cracking case

By GSVOS
Feb 14, 2005
  1. HP 6835, installing DLink NIC card. It won't fit by 1/16 of an inch into slot. I took off the casing & removed(broke off the tabs) the spacer plate. There's not enough room to slide in? Also, a small twisted pair cable, with very small connectors, came with the card. What is that for?
     
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    does your NIC have a screw holding the metal plate to the fiberglass board? if it does you can take that off and then get the card in. Probably can't get the plate back on then because of where the screw would be placed.
     
  3. Samstoned

    Samstoned TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,018

    sign of a cheap card realteks are the same way
    check the tab on metal bracket has to be bent out just a little to fit in the case slot loosen screws (bracket to board) only and try to fit then retighten screws
    the wire is for wake on lan I'm guess'in
     
  4. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Basic tools like a file, saw and a hammer may help if you take care and don't break any vital circuitry :p
    The small wire is probably for the Wake on LAN feature - you can send a special packet to your NIC and it turns on your computer. There should be a WoL header on your motherboard too - check the manual.
     
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