[Soekris] [Newbie Question] PCI on 4501 wrong way around?

Brooks Davis brooks at one-eyed-alien.net
Wed Oct 22 15:29:57 UTC 2003

On Wed, Oct 22, 2003 at 02:54:22PM +0000, Frank Marien wrote:
> Dear Soekris & Friends,
> (Feel free to direct me to FAQ where appropriate)
> I just got my first 4501, with box. Trying to connect PCI (not: mini-)
> cards I find that they fit perfectly, up to the fixation hole in the
> cards aligning perfectly with the single free threaded fixation-nut
> embedded in the bottom of the case. Even the connectors would stick out
> exactly through the case, if there were holes there.
> Only: The PCI connector seems to orient cards towards the other side of
> the case.. Even if I could plug it in that way (and I can't because of
> component height on that side of the card), nothing would fit anymore.
> I'm somewhat puzzled. Is the reversed connector simply part of a
> different physical PCI (sub)spec? What the exact standard called?
> Or is the case simply not designed to accomodate PCI cards? And in that
> case: why is there room for it, and why would everything seem to fit so
> perfectly, then?

It sounds like you're trying to insert a 5v card into the 3.3v PCI slot
on the Soekris.  If you manage to power the system up this way, the
magic smoke is likely to escape from one or both of the devices.

-- Brooks

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