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Query on front Firewire ports...

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by kelvin, Dec 31, 2004.

  1. kelvin

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    I've just purchased a case with one IEEE 1394 port on the front (Coolermaster Centurion 5 :cool: ) but my current motherboard doesn't have built in firewire, and as such doesn't have the necessary pin headers for me to attatch the port to :(

    I do a fair amount of video editing and it would be highly useful if I could make use of the front port - is there any way I can do this without upgrading the motherboard? (i've only had it a few months :() I currently use a plug in PCI card for rear firewire inputs which has 3 external, and one internal sockets.

    Any advice greatly appreciated :)

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  2. kelvin

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    Forgive me if this is a stupid suggestion, but it would appear that an adaptor that converts the header pin connector to a regular male IEEE 1394 connector would be ideal as I could then simply connect the front port to the internal port on my PCI card.

    Does such a thing exist? :confused:

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    Anyone? :)
     
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    I don't know of an adaptor for what you are prosposing.

    Maybe try www.span.com - they do a lot of USB and Firewire stuff (may be best to give them a call) - slim chance that they would have what you require, but not impossible.

    However........if you get a Firewire card, you may be able to remove the port connector from your case and fit a cable from the card to the case (like a mini extension cable if you follow me) ?
     
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    Sorry, don't know if i am having a blonde moment or not....never noticed that before on a firewire PCI card, but why has would it have an internal firewire port instead of the connection pins for a front port???
     
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    Erm well mine has a standard internal connector and I use it to connect my DVD-Writer :) Bloody handy for me for sure !

    I've only seen it when it's a 4 port card personally, 3 port cards tend to only have external ports.
     
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    Why wouldn't you connect to IDE on motherboard?
     
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    I have this card :)

    Thanks ever so much for all of the replies - as I first thought, it appears i'm trying to do the impossible :( I may try Sadmuppet's (*snigger* ;)) suggestion, or I guess an alternative would be to go for one of the expansion bay's also mentioned - think i'd rather avoid that though...

    Thanks again, if anyone does come up with a solution to this though i'd like to know! :)

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    Scrapbook, you are a star :D

    That's EXACTLY what I was after - just about to drop them a line regarding exporting! Fingers crossed :) WIll also hunt around a few UK suppliers to see if they sell a similar thing now I know that i'm not asking for something completely imaginary ;)

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    Found a UK supplier here :cool:

    I guess the next obvious question, is can anywhere beat £7.50?! :p
     
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    What the hell, just treat yourself for once!
     
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    Indeed - if it does exactly what you need it to, just go for it :)

    Nice work Kelvin - interesting cable (I'll add the USA site though to my list cos they probably have other equally weird n wonderful things). :thumbsup:
     
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    No problem!!!:hiya:
     
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    Thanks for the reply Jon :)

    I did actually order one in the end from the UK supplier I mentioned on page 1 ("Mr USB") - arrived quickly enough and does exactly what I needed it to :) Front firewire is now working perfectly! :smashin:
     

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