How To Install A Riser Card

A high performance computer is very essential for today’s life. To enhance the performance of our PC we usually add some extra components which come as an electronic card.  Sometimes we install sound card to enhance sound quality or graphics card for good graphics quality & video game purpose.

Expansion slots of a computer motherboard called an AGP or PCI slot are used to insert selective electronically printed cards as per our need.

Standard PC’s come with four to six PCI slots, but are you left wondering what happens when all slots are fill up? Actually it is an expansion card that expands your slots by number & sometimes in rack mounted server it changes the position of card for perfect fitting.

Types of Riser Cards Available In The Market:

There are many types of riser cards available in market, but the basic types are 1U & 2U.  1U means it has only one slot & it is used to change the position of the card.  For instance if your card is too big to fit into your PC or rack server vertically, then by using the riser card you can fit it horizontally.

2U means it gives you two slots & occupies only one; it works like an extension board or spike buster.  Another popular type is flexible bus extender; it is a 1U card with a flexible neck.  Standard cards have some problem to fit into a low-profile case vertically. In that case you have to mount them parallel to the motherboard & queue the riser card.

Installation Procedure:

Installation process is purely mechanical, so you don’t have to worry about drivers, configuration or support.  First you need to know that riser card is purely low profile case.  Actually space management & slot management is the main purpose of this card.

At first open your computer case or if you work on a rack server, then watch & judge carefully, which type of riser card is best suitable for your purpose.

Now shut down your computer & remove plugs from power points, and detach all connections of monitor, mouse, keyboard & printer from your CPU.  Open the cabinet by removing the screws.

Now watch properly the notch of slot & riser card both.  In modern card & slot, there is a cut mark or notch & if you can’t match both the ends then you won’t be able to fit the card properly.  Take your Riser card & insert it into provided slot.  Put a bit pressure on it.  Be careful while using pressure on the riser card or you could end up damaging your card as well as motherboard.

If your procedure is right then card will insert after a little push itself & both ends will enter simultaneously into the slot.  Every riser card comes with two screws; so now fit these screws to the motherboard.  If your riser card comes with another screw for fitting purpose onto cabinet, then tighten the screw with cabinet.  Now close the cabinet & put its screw back into proper position.

Fit all cables & connection of monitor, mouse, keyboard & printer to your computer.  Now it’s time to put power plug in & start your PC.

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