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Firewire to USB...Need Help

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by DarkCrash, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    Hi
    I am about to purchase a Project Mix I/O. I requires a Firewire connection but my laptop does not have a fire wire port. Only USB. Can anyone tell me if I can buy any converters or cards.
    Thanks
     
  2. Spase

    Spase Active Member

    If you have a PCMCIA or cardbus slot, get an adapter for that to firewire.
     
  3. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Or Express Card to firewire, or PCI slot or PCIe slot......depending on what you have. Know your computer specs before leaping. Or a stitch in time saves cutting twice. Or something.
     
  4. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    My laptop has a ExpressCard 54mm slot. Does a 35mm ExpressCard work for that?
     
  5. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Yes. SiiG makes several offerings (I use this one).
     
  6. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    I was looking around my house and found an ExpressCard which fits my laptop. As I have not got the Project Mix yet I could not test it. So I borrowed my friends external hard drive which runs by firewire or USB. When I tried it, my laptop found the card but not the hard drive, is it likely to do the same with the project mix?
     
  7. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I doubt your Express Card provides bus power so unless your external HDD has it's own power supply it won't be recognized.
     
  8. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    I have got a EXPRESSCARD - FW1394a (TI) 2PORT
    I has a power supply port on it and I plugged a power supply into it and it still did not work.
     
  9. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    I have found the add on power for PCMCIA and Express Cards to be easy to blow. (I've blown four of them following proper proceedures) Once blown, they will not work. Do you have a different computer with a built in firewire port to test it? Does the drive spin up under USB power?
     
  10. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    My computer knows when it is connected. Because it makes a noise(the windows noise for when a device is connected.) I have not tried the HDD on a computer with a firewire port. And it does run when it is running by USB.
    Do you think it will work with the Project Mix, because it will be powered by the mains.
     
  11. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    I now take back what I just said above, it has just decided to work. So it should work with the Project Mix.
     
  12. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Great. If you go and purchase your very own firewire card, despite my link to a combo card, you might consider a card with only 1394a (firewire 400). Some devices are sensitive to this like Mackie Onyx. The single purpose version of my earlier link is this one.

    Good luck.
     
  13. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    So the card that my friend has and yours should work with the Project Mix, because it has its own power supply.
     
  14. TheJackAttack

    TheJackAttack Distinguished Member

    Yes. "Should" being the operative word. As the song goes, "a Woman is a sometime thing." Actually I really would not anticipate any firewire problems.
     
  15. DarkCrash

    DarkCrash Guest

    Ok
    Thanks for the help.
     

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