Many devices come in the form of
PCI, ISA or AGP. These devices are relatively easy
to install, all you need to know is were to put
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Not really used anymore, as most devices are now PCI. ISA is
what was used in the older systems like the 486 and it only has 16-bit data
transfer. Typically used for video cards, sound cards, modems and network cards.
A newer version of ISA. Much faster and uses 32-bit data
transfer. Most newer devices are PCI.
This is only used for graphics cards.
A much more up to date standard, for
graphics cards and peripherals.
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These slots are located on the
motherboard, as shown below:
How To Tell Them Apart
The one on the far left is the AGP slot, it is normally further
back than the PCI slots, and is slightly smaller than the PCI slots.
The PCI slots are the white ones in the centre, they are
normally white, but sometimes the colours differ.
The two large black slots to the right are the ISA slots, they
are normally black, although white ones have been known to exist.
ISA devices normally have large contacts on them.
PCI devices normally have smaller contacts on them.
The following Flash animation will show you how to install a PCI