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Adding Firewire


januski

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I want to add Firewire support to my PC and I know that I can do this by adding an expansion card but I have an added requirement.

When I did my rebuild my case has a firewire socket on the front panel terminating with a 10-1 pin IE1394_2 plug which used to plug directly into my old motherboard.

I would like to make use of this socket instead of a rear socket. I notice that some pci express cards have additional internal sockets which are standard 1394 sockets so how do I go about this.

I suppose one way might be to strip back the cable from a firewire lead and just join this to my internal wiring but does anyone have a better solution.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Something like this?

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januski

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Not quite this.

A card on the likes of this (though not necessarily this one as I might be able to find one cheaper)which has that extra socket on the board itself:-

http://www.partsdata.co.uk/PCIexpresscardFirewire400undCABLEPCIX-F4-903.html

As I said, so far my idea would be to cut a section of firewire lead and wire it into my existing socket on the front of my computer and plugging it into the internal socket in the pci express card.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Most PCI firewire cards have an internal firewire port.

I was looking for a card with the header on as it would be easier than trying to make a connection

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januski

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Unfortunately I don't have a spare bay.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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I thought you could leave out the "bay" that came with it and connect the cable from your front ports to the card.

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januski

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That's probably what I will do

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