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    New Computer Specs - HELP

    Can someone make sure I bought the correct computer to run VT5 with my VT4 card along with SpeedEdit?

    Below are the specs from the computer we built with Dell. It does have a slot for the VT4 card.

    1 224-7465 Studio XPS 8100
    1 317-3059 Studio XPS 8100, Intel Core i5-650 processor(4MB Cache, 3.20GHz)
    1 317-2886 4GB DDR3 SDRAM at 1333MHz
    1 330-3828 Dell Consumer Multimedia Keyboard, US
    1 320-1075 24.0" Dell ST2410 Full HD Monitor with VGA cable (supplied), 24.0" viewable image size
    1 320-8901 AMD Radeon 5450 (1GB)
    1 342-0174 Serial ATA II RAID 0 With Dual 1TB Hard Drives
    1 330-6470 Dell Resource DVD with Application Backup
    1 420-6576 DELL WELCOME,Software Dimension/Inspiron
    1 420-8873 Dell Dock Consumer
    1 420-6436 PC-Restore, Dim/Insp
    1 421-0323 Windows Live Search,Multiple User Interface
    1 463-2282 Dell Owners Manual installed on your system,click on icon after system set-up to access
    1 330-6097 You have chosen a Windows 7 System
    1 421-0092 DELL-DOWNLOAD-FLAG
    1 421-1603 Genuine Windows 7 Home Premium, 64bit, English
    1 421-0530 Dell Support Center 2.0 64bit
    1 420-7938 Dell Connect 2.1
    1 420-9691 DataSafe Local BackUp 2.0 Basic
    1 330-3826 Dell Studio USB Optical Mouse
    1 421-1414 Cyberlink Power DVD 8.3 Blu-Ray Disk Playback
    1 420-8151 Roxio Creator 10 Premiere Blu-Ray, Factory Installed
    1 313-9991 Blu-Ray, DVD+R/RW, CD-RW Drive
    1 421-9898 THX TruStudio PC
    1 313-6755 Bose 2.0 Companion Speaker Stereo Audio 120V
    1 410-2152 McAfee SecurityCenter with anti-virus, anti-spyware firewall, 15-months
    1 420-8103 Microsoft Works 9.0, English
    1 950-7447 4 Year Limited Warranty
    1 905-9738 Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Extended Year(s)
    1 905-9737 Dell Hardware Warranty PlusOnsite Service, Initial Year
    1 905-9543 Third Party At Home Service with Nights and Weekends, 24x7 Technical Support, 3 Year Extended
    1 907-7730 Third Party At HomeService with Nights and Weekends, 24x7 Technical Support,Initial Year
    1 412-0360 Soft Contracts - Banctec
    1 902-2473 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, 3 Year Extended
    1 960-8700 Dell Limited Hardware Warranty 7X24 Technical Support, Initial Year
    1 420-9518 DATASAFE ONLINE 1.1 2GB
    1 988-0099 To activate your online backupaccount, go to Start, Programs, DataSafe Online
    1 330-0172 S and P Drop-in-Box Marcom forDHS Desktops

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    In summary, everything looks fine but you might bump up against the restricted scope of PCI 2.3 slots, and their 'signal' and/or 'power' voltage support on a major 'dictating' brand like Dell. YMMV

    Looks like an admirable spec and hopefully it will go swimmingly. If you have any problems getting the VT to energize then do consider that Dell have a propensity to have their board OEMs reduce the functionality of their 32bit PCI slots to 'move forward' without compatibility with earlier gen PCI cards. The official description for this stunting of abilities is the designation PCI 2.3. It doesn't immediately rule it out as earlier specs can be supported if the designer elects to.

    The safest way to embrace anything new with regard to hardware and VT is to refer to a dealer. I'm not one and I myself usually turn to self-builds first, or perhaps to Dell for a turn-key solution. The risks are higher that you'll come unstuck. A dealer has already done the scratching around and will match your storage requirements and tweak/patch/optimize your system. Though do understand, I'm completely understanding the intent of trying to do this alone. When it works, the fact that you've given specs here will help others. Though many dealers are quite vocal in listing their parts list both in their forums and in their e-tail pages.

    A VT[4] hardware card is likely to be perfectly at home. Yet all VT cards I'm aware of are universal cards but with 5V signalling. If you strike unlucky, then either an internal or external PCIexpress to PCI32 adapter may work for you without having to return anything. Magma solutions are generally regarded as not viable for this but there are others from StarTech amongst others that might be fine (their 2xPCI and 2xPCIe unit draws me but I've yet to try one or hear of someone who has done so successfully with VT).


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