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Old 07-25-04, 02:33 AM
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Internal Usb and FireWire Connections

This is probably a stupid question but I couldn't find the answer anywhere.

What is the purpose of internal usb and firewire connections? I see them listed on a number of pci expansion cards I have been looking at to add usb 2.0 and firewire to my computer.

Also has anyone added one of this cards to their computer and has any recommendations?

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My new case has USB ports in the front that I had to connect to one of the internal connection. My motherboard also has a card that I can put in a expansion slot that would hook up to one of the connections, I don't know if I'll install it. Two USB ports in the back and two in the front should be enough for me.
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A lot of cases with front USB/Firewire jacks require an actual cable connection to a USB/Firewire jack instead of plugging into a motherboard. If you get a PCI card that only has the jacks out the back, you'll have to punch a hole or open an empty PCI slot cover to feed the jack outside the case to be plugged in.
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There are also devices that mount in drive slots, such as CF readers, that use USB or Firewire.
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I saw a review of one card and a customer review said to avoid the card because it didn't use any internal power connections, so it wouldn't be good for external drives etc. that draw a lot of power. Do you guys think that is true? Enough power doesn't come through the pci slot?

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