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Frequently Asked Questions

The Beagle Software PCI Express to PCI Adapter allows you to use PCI hardware in a PCI Express slot. Here are some answers to questions we get asked:

I installed the adapter but it doesn't work, what should I do?
Does the adapter work with Windows Vista or Windows 7/8?
Will this adapter work with my PCI sound card?
Does the adapter work on Macs?
Does your adapter work on every computer?
What does the PCI Express X1 slot look like?
How do I fasten the board and the the adapter to the chassis?
What is the power plug for?
I don't have any power plugs inside my computer, what can I do?
Is PCI-X the same thing as PCI Express?
What's the difference between PCI and PCI Express?

What if my card won't fit?

I installed the adapter but it doesn't work, what should I do?

Trouble Shooting Steps:

  1. Check the Windows Device manager for proper installation
  2. Try plugging the adapter into a different PCI slot in the computer.
  3. Try a different PCI Express card in the adapter.

Does the adapter work with Windows Vista or Windows 7/8?
Yes, it works with all versions of  Windows Vista and Windows 7/8. 
Does the adapter work with Macintosh?
No, currently there is no support for the adapter for the Mac O/S. 
What does the power plug do?
The power plug is a standard 4 pin IDE drive plug. The plug provides power to the PCI card bus. The bus provides power to the card installed in the adapter. This plug normally provides the following voltages:
IDE Power Connector Pin-Out
Pin # Signal Function Wire Color
1 +12V DC Yellow
2 +12V Return Black
3 +5V Return Black
4 +5V DC Red
I don't have any power plugs available
If you don't have any IDE power plugs available you can use a SATA type power cord if you have extra SATA power plugs available.

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Does your adapter work on every computer?
In our experience the adapter works on a majority of hardware for the supported operating systems. There are cases where the adapter will not work with the existing cards.


How do I fasten the board and the adapter to the chassis?
Half Height Card
The card can be installed with or without the original card mounting bracket in place. Removing the bracket allows for flush installation in a full height slot. The card is placed into the adapter and the adapter is plugged into the X1 slot in the motherboard..

Adapter with half height card installed (bracket removed)
Full Height Card
First of all you need 1 5/8" (40 mm) clearance above standard height card if using a full height card with the adapter. We recommend a #6 (M3.5) 1.5 inch (40mm) or  1.75 inch long machine screw that threads into the card hold down hole in your computer's chassis. We suggest a putting a nut threaded midway along the screw. This allows you to screw down the adapter and the card firmly into the chassis. Adjust the nut (s) so that the PCI card is inserted straight into the adapter.

For space constrained cases we also sell a right angle adapter to orient the card the other way.

Adapter with a full height card installed (bracket in place)

Profile view of adapter with a half height card installed
In profile, the adapter should be no wider than a normal card and fit into a standard slot.

Will the adapter work with my PCI sound card?

Unfortunately, the answer really isn't so cut and dry as a yes or a no.

Regardless of anything else, doing work with digital audio is going to be very sensitive. While the Creative X-Fi offers that low (~1ms) latency, there's alot going on with your computer as far as drivers go.

From the results I've been getting with the Delta series M-Audio cards, I would advise using the PCI-e adapter with an audio card. The latency isn't the problem, it's more of an electrical problem. I'm not sure how to really explain it, because the results are so strange, but the problems with the M-Audio cards could be attributed to the poor drivers right now.

A problem that I've been having (with no such solution appearing so far) is that above 44.1kHz, the audio output from the M-Audio Delta cards is distorted, in that it will play too fast, or too slow, as if the clock rate of the application is changing, or the clock rate of the card is changing, but it isn't happening together.

Overall however, system optimization is going to play a much larger role in terms of latency and performance than the PCI-PCIe bridge. The reason for this is that not all PCI-Express slots are running on their own bus, so while a hardware conflict won’t be shown, there will be shared resources, and whichever part has the faster bandwidth, will take over, and could cause problems for all other hardware, mostly seen when PCI slots are sharing PCI-Express busses on many new motherboards.

We offer a 30-day return policy on PCIE adapter cards.



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Last reviewed April 06, 2012