Components for Building Computers From Scratch/Card Reader

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Can I install the "2 USB 2.0 9-in-1 card reader + WinDVD" from my old HP desktop to my new HP Compaq 6005 Pro?  Thank you.  Jim

Answer
It depends on how the card-reader connects internally and what kinds of headers the Compaq has available. In general card readers should connect via USB internally, and if such a header is available then yes it should work.

It would look like the one on the left:
http://www.voelkner.de/products/105107/100-xl.jpg

And plugs into a corresponding port on the motherboard with 9 pins (it will likely have a label "USB" or similar printed onto the circuit board).

If the card reader connects another way, it may not be compatible - if you have pictures of your specific devices that would be helpful. Also keep in mind that replacement card readers are fairly inexpensive devices ($10 or so), so worst case scenario you can just buy a new external model (and if you aren't up to opening up your new computer, that might be a better route overall).

-bob

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I have nearly two decades of experience in IT, computer repair, and related fields and will attempt to provide the most solid, brand-agnostic advice when it comes time to purchase a new computer, or upgrade an existing machine. I can answer anything from the seemingly basic to the downright complicated - and will do my best to provide this information in a clear and concise manner.

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