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What adapter is this?

By Jskid ยท 11 replies
Oct 5, 2010
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  1. I found this in an old computer:


    Uploaded with ImageShack.us

    Anyone know what it is or what type of port it connects to?
  2. gibbo

    gibbo TS Rookie

    Was it attached to the motherboard and how old is the computer
  3. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,357   +116

    Thats a pre-historic memory stick isn't it?!?
  4. DjKraid

    DjKraid TS Guru Posts: 546   +27

    It looks like it would go the the AGP port...I believe it could be some kind of memory expansion to a integrated graphics card...but then again why would it be a expansion, wouldn't it be easier to just pot there a graphics card that's better than the integrated...
    If it would be an expansion memory to a integrated graphics card it wouldn't work in any mobo...

    but that's all a guess / what I can see / think of
  5. Lokalaskurar

    Lokalaskurar TS Enthusiast Posts: 514

    This definently looks like an AGP-card.
    I have two qualified guesses:

    You see, back in the days, some motherboards with integrated GPU's could not accept some external GPU's due to architectural conflict; they just wouldn't work together. Thus, some motherboard manufacturers made RAM AGP-cards, to equal the expansion-card's performance boost, for the internal graphics.

    Otherwise this could simply be a security card, used in public computers and schools. What they do is that they save a "change revertion-file" which monitors the changes made on the computer, and then reverts the changes made upon shutdown.

    However, I'm simply guessing.
  6. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,514   +3,699

    I think that Leeky's right, it's most likely a prehistoric memory stick. Written on the IC seems to be the capacity, frequency, and the timing latency number.

    I suppose this could be from the year 1 "BUPNP" (Before Universal Plug and Play)
  7. red1776

    red1776 Omnipotent Ruler of the Universe Posts: 5,073   +164

    This is just from my sometimes failing memory...but I seem to remember many,many years ago having a Micron, or Zeos computer that needed 'filler cards' in the dimms that were not being used. a sort of link to complete the circuit between the occupied memory modules and the empty dimms.

    **** I have $5 that says Chef knows what this is***
  8. pjamme

    pjamme TS Enthusiast Posts: 208

    The Hook diagram is interesting.
    If it is really important you can probably find out what it is with the Fcc Code over at:
  9. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 334

    I don't think it's memorey because there was allready memorey elsewhere on the mobo and it was larger. I'm not sure how old the computer was but it was definatly newer than 486, definatly older than Windows XP. It was a computer at work and it just got recycled.

    If it's any help there was a green plastic clip around the base of the port on the mobo that held the adapter securley in place
  10. Kris101

    Kris101 TS Rookie

  11. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 334

    You must have excellent eye sight, I could hardly tell from the picture on the website is the same as the picture I uploaded.

    So this is memorey for the (onboard) graphics card? I'm affraid I don't know much about computer hardware that is more than 10 years old.
  12. Kris101

    Kris101 TS Rookie

    AGP memory

    I don't know anything about this card, but I have learned to look up a lot of things on the internet! BTW, I love techspot, great place to read and learn.


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