"Low Profile" PCI slot - any significance of "low profile"?

Discussion in 'DIY Computers' started by Jon, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Need to fit an internal PCI modem to a dell optiplex 170L, which is
    described as having a "low profile PCI slot".

    I've never heard this terms used before. It is Dell marketing speak or
    is there a difference I need to watch out for when purchasing the modem?

    Thanks in advance.
    Jon, Mar 7, 2008
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  2. It probably/usually means that while the PCI connector is standard
    (amazing!) there just isn't physically room for a full height card. If
    you are lucky there is room for a standard backplate height, but not the
    normal inch or more on top of the backplate. If you're unlucky .. well
    ... bring a hacksaw.

    It's also possible that you don't get the full length either.

    Check (with a tape measure) before you buy, or for extra safety buy the
    appropriate Dell one. Or just chicken out and get a USB or external
    serial one (assuming the 170L has the right ports for those).
    GSV Three Minds in a Can, Mar 7, 2008
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  3. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Jon, Mar 8, 2008
  4. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Thanks GSV.
    Jon, Mar 8, 2008
  5. Jon

    GB Guest

    I have a Dell Modem card for one of their standard height machines. The card
    itself is not very big at all and would probably fit in a low profile slot.
    The back plate is full height of course, but with a little hack-sawing it
    should fit. I'm keeping my card, just in case something goes wrong with the
    broadband connection, but generally these modem cards are being thrown away
    and you shouldn't have to pay much. Try freecycle.
    GB, Mar 8, 2008
  6. Jon

    Jon Guest

    Too late, ordered one from lambda-tek.com for just over a tenner. Thanks
    anyway :)
    Jon, Mar 10, 2008
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