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SandTiger

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Hi,

So I have a Dell Dimension 4300 as one of my computers at home. Recently I wanted to add a USB 2 PCI card to it so I can use more of the USB devices I have. For about two months everything was working fine, then suddenly my computer would freez in a blackscreen everytime I boot it up.

The first thing I did was start striping the PCI slots and as soon as I removed that USB card the computer worked fine. I switched the card to a different slot and the card works. So I'm guessing that the poroblem is with that specific PCI slot.

Is there anyway to fix this short of getting a new mobo?
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is ur computer pretty dusty? i've seen some pretty digusting cases filled with dust not even a year old. build up of dust in a case can cause all sorts of problems. if there's dust in the PCI slot try blowing it out with compressed air.
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is ur computer pretty dusty?  i've seen some pretty digusting cases filled with dust not even a year old.  build up of dust in a case can cause all sorts of problems.  if there's dust in the PCI slot try blowing it out with compressed air.

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I clean my computer every month or two at the max. I just did that again earlier today and same issue is still there. Should I try to clean it with a swap or something?
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How many PCI Cards do you have? Does another Card work in there?
That is not uncommon - That is the one of the 1st "tricks" to do.

How many USB devices do you have? - Give List of MFG & Model Number - Do you have any EXTERNALLY POWERED USB Hubs?

What is MFG & Model Number of USB Card. AND did you get Mr. Dell's [PERMISSION] to use this USB Card???

Dell is notorious for rewiring connectors to force using DELL proprietary parts -

Do you have a TEMP Monitor Utility? a quick Free Download is EVEREST Home Edition see link http://www.lavalys.com/

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Edited by Jack123, 20 August 2005 - 05:15 PM.

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It may be an interupt request problem. Something else may be using the interupt request line assigned to that slot.
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