I have an old Mesh computer with an ASUS A7A266-E motherboard which is for use in my young daughter’s room.
Trying to update the computer I bought a Belkin Hi-Speed USB 2.0 3-Port PCI Card. Only USB 1 at present.
I tried to fit same tonight and saw that the only way I could realistically find space was to remove the fax/modem PCI card from an existing slot. I figured that since the computer is running on a wireless network adaptor that this was no longer needed.
Having installed the PCI card and rebooted the computer, I have noted that when checking device manager, there is no evidence of this PCI card, USB slots whatsoever.
I have studied the motherboard manual and have been left feeling somewhat inadequate and out of my depth.
When I look at the Expansion Card Installation procedures there is a mention of making any necessary hardware or software settings for the expansion card, such as jumpers. There is no mention of this in the installation guide. It then goes on to say, “Set up the BIOS if necessary (such as IRQ xx Used By ISA: Yes in 4.4.3 PCI Configuration”
Moving on to the “Hardware Setup” section of the motherboard, I see a chapter that talks about “Assigning IRQ’s for expansion cards “and details an “Interrupt Request Table For This Motherboard”, which I find very difficult to comprehend.
I then studied the section entitled, “BIOS Setup”, and was drawn to a section entitled, “PCI Configuration”. The first paragraph is as follows:
“Slot 1, Slot2, Slot3, Slot 4, Slot 5 IRQ (Auto)
These fields set how IRQ use is determined for each PCI slot. The default setting for each filed is (Auto (NA) (3) (4) (5) (7) (9) (10) (11) (12) (14) (15).
Can anyone with the appropriate knowledge point me in the right direction?
In my defence, I did successfully install the same PCI card in my other daughter’s computer which had an “ATX” mainboard supporting an AMD Athlon processor with no issues.
Your help would be very much appreciated.