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Convert Firewire to USB

Discussion in 'Converters & Interfaces' started by Derm, Apr 2, 2005.

  1. Derm

    Derm Guest

    Im thinking of buying M-Audio's Firewire Solo to use with my laptop as a mobile setup, however the laptop only has USB sockets. Im wondering if anybody has succsessfully used a FW to USB conversion jack in this type of situation
  2. jonyoung

    jonyoung Well-Known Member

    Dec 31, 2003
    I'm no computer tech, but I don't think it will work for you. USB and firewire each have their own protocols, each require dedicated hardware, drivers, controllers, etc...
    I use firewire a lot with my setup and can appreiate why it's better than USB for audio (hot swapping drives, better transfer rates). You might want to ask a tech if there's a possibility of installing a firewire card (maybe the USB is a discrete card rather than built into the mobo). Good luck.
  3. Derm

    Derm Guest

    Thanks for the input Jon,
    It doesnt seem like a good idea to me, but my brother says he has such a conversion jack that has worked sucessfully in other situations. I dont want to spring for the firewire unit and then discover it wont work this way, as you can imagine. The laptop is also a few years old and I dont fancy investing in a modification.
  4. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    your laptop likely has usb1.1 (being that its older). your hardware that is using firewire is going to require a lot more bandwidth than usb1.1 could offer anyhow... that is why there is usb2.0... regardless of the valid reasons posted b4, you couldn't use a firewire jack into a usb due to the speed difference... which is something like 40x
  5. poprocks

    poprocks Guest

    Firewire PCMCIA cards a super-cheap. If you've got an open slot, you're good to go.
  6. BigTrey

    BigTrey Active Member

    Mar 22, 2005
    Grandville, Michigan
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    Your best bet would to just buy a firewire cardbus and use it for firewire slots. I had this problem with a USB external hardrive and it wouldn't playback the audio fast enough so I ended up buying a firewire drive like a month later. I haven't had a problem with audio playback since. Just buy a cardbus and you should be okay with slots. Check out CompUSA, Circuit City or BestBuy.

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