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Old 02-09-04, 11:57 AM
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firewire card question

heres my problem.

i need to buy a firewire card and cable so i can transfer video from my new camcorder to the computer for editing and burning to disc. I do not have an available slot for a firewire card. so what can i do. is there a firewire card that can inteface to the computer through a usb port or something else or am i sol?

thanks for any advice you guys may have.
Old 02-09-04, 01:48 PM
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I have never seen a USB to Firewire converter, not sure if it is made or not.

What you could do is buy something like this

http://www.adstech.com/products/USB_...?pid=USBAV-700

Just use the analog outputs from your camcorder to capture the video. I know this limits your abilites a little bit over using the firewire interface, but it will work.


When you say you have no slots open, why?

If you have USB ports in a slot, you can remove that card that is USB only and then replace it with one card that does USB and Firewire together.



http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...=BROWSE&depa=0
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What do you have in your current slots? For example, there are inexpensive soundcards out there that include firewire ports. If you aren't married to your current soundcard, you could replace it with one of those.
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i have a dell dimension 4600
which only comes with
4 pci card slots.

one slot had my monitor output (video card?)

one slot has my sound card

one has mu modem line in and line out

and the last was empty but i have installed a pci wireless card for my cable internet.

so i am out of slots . there are quite a few of what appear to be usb inputs on the back and some inputs on the front but i dont think any are firewire ports , i believe they are all usb(please correct me if i am wrong)

so would the sound card with a firewire port be my best option as far as compatability with dell?
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Originally posted by dilligaf
so would the sound card with a firewire port be my best option as far as compatability with dell?
Yes.

I recommend the Audigy 2, at $74 you are getting almost the best card on the market (the Audigy 2ZS has just come out recently) AND a firewire port for about what a new firewire PCI card would cost.

$74 link
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Looking at the Dell website, it doesn't look like the 4600 has any Firewire ports built in. If it were me, I would go with the sound card option.

Here is an example of a product that would work:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduc...102-169&depa=0
Old 02-09-04, 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by Butt
Yes.

I recommend the Audigy 2, at $74 you are getting almost the best card on the market (the Audigy 2ZS has just come out recently) AND a firewire port for about what a new firewire PCI card would cost.

$74 link
yep

good way to go in your case
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Originally posted by dilligaf
i have a dell dimension 4600
which only comes with
4 pci card slots.

one slot had my monitor output (video card?)

one slot has my sound card

one has mu modem line in and line out

and the last was empty but i have installed a pci wireless card for my cable internet.
Wait, I thought the Dimension 4600 comes w/ AGP port and integrated video. Why are you using a PCI video card?

And why do you still have a modem when you have cable internet? Do you mean modem as in the NIC card? Or does the Dimension 4600 come w/ integrated NIC.
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz

And why do you still have a modem when you have cable internet?

damn you are right. why not just remove that huh. although i occasionally use it to fax something from the house.


thanks for all the help everyone. i may still look into the sound card option. should i be ok with that regarding it "getting along" with the dell. i know some dells have that special rambus or whatever memory. the sound card does not have to be a certain type as well does it?
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Hows does one know if the Firewire port is 4 pin or 6 pin?

I need to buy a cable for my Mini DV so I can transfer to my computer.

I've got an HP 775e with a port in front that has 1 Firewire and 2 USB 2.0 ports.
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Well, there's basically 2 types of firewire connectors, the regular 6 pin that looks sort of like USB, and the mini 4 pin. If it's large, 6 pin. If it's small, 4 pin.
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Chances are pretty high that your port is 6-pin, Giantrobo.
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Ok, thanks guys.

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