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    If you use electrically-inert hot glue (almost all hot glue is anyhow, we've used many different brands in our service lab), pop a dab on the card where it joins the socket, at both ends of the socket, on both sides of the card. JUST USE A SMALL DAB. Don't run a line down the socket, or you will NEVER get the card out again without damaging it or the motherboard or both.

    EDIT: Incidentally, some shady fly-by-night computer companies will use this method to prevent you from upgrading your machine without going through them. That way, if you bring it in for service, and the hot glue is gone, they know that you messed around under the hood, and can now charge for service, even if the machine was otherwise under warranty.
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    it is called loctite and it is made by 3M you can get it at any auto parts store.
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    you may also want to think of switching to a all in one MB so then you wont have any cards to come loose. also may make it easier to work with as far as space,and may make for cleaner install. as far as the usb card just use a hub.

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    DONT USE LOCTITE!!!!

    Loctite is for screws, it IS not conductive and is made to seep into places, and will likely seep into the contacts of the connector, insulating the card and making it inoperable.

    He apparently didnt read the FULL post.

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    DONT USE LOCTITE!

    I would recomment building a bracket to support the card, you have plenty of places to hang it from. Supporting the other side of the card should keep it in the slot. I bet it is shaking loose due to it flexing back and forth. A simple strap would probably be the easiest, and least destructive to the components,
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    Quote Originally Posted by gospeed.racer
    DONT USE LOCTITE!!!!

    Loctite is for screws, it IS not conductive and is made to seep into places, and will likely seep into the contacts of the connector, insulating the card and making it inoperable.

    He apparently didnt read the FULL post.

    Again...

    DONT USE LOCTITE!

    I would recomment building a bracket to support the card, you have plenty of places to hang it from. Supporting the other side of the card should keep it in the slot. I bet it is shaking loose due to it flexing back and forth. A simple strap would probably be the easiest, and least destructive to the components,
    I agree heavily... OMG DON'T USE TEH LOCTITE! I mean WTF?! Loctite is for screws, and WILL mess up your system! Imagine using it, then trying to pull the card out when it stops working, only to discover all the card edge contact ripped off and still stuck in the socket!

    Gospeed's idea is also quite sound. That, or you could use the hot glue.
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    yea, im not talking bout loctite. only the video card shakes loose(must be teh weight), the usb card is fine(usb 2.0 card, comp is ~3-4 years old) prob. go with hot glue as it seems to be teh quick and easy way out of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by odleon
    yea, im not talking bout loctite. only the video card shakes loose(must be teh weight), the usb card is fine(usb 2.0 card, comp is ~3-4 years old) prob. go with hot glue as it seems to be teh quick and easy way out of this.
    There's a company that makes a plastic bar that will screw into the PCI slot and help to hold in the card. It does require a longer-than-normal screw.
    Link: http://www.directron.com/cardkeeper.html
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    How about the Wiki?



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    It appears the tab on the cards where it normally screws into the side of the case is right next to the plastic in the glove box? If so... just use some tape there for a cheap ghetto solution

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    i took off the metal to make it fit. with it on the glove box door wouldnt close.

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    Take some electrical tape and run a strip along the edges that connect the pci socket to the card.

    Removeable + non-conducting + inexpensive = decent solution.

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