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How to secure firewire plug?

Discussion in 'Converters / Interfaces' started by GentleG, Mar 12, 2006.

  1. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Hi all,

    A mechanical question:
    How do I secure this 4-pin firewire plug to my notebook?

    It's a loose connection
    And if someone touches it and it gets slightly displaced
    I loose the connection between my firepod and notebook
    Which I don't want to happen during a recording gig...

  2. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Welcome to the land of crappy connectors. Try duct tape. Tape it down. There is no way to secure that connection.

    All wrapped up
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  3. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    Neatest way I have seen is one of my friends has a laptop with a firewire and other connectors that he wanted to secure. He got a board about 4 inches bigger than the laptop and built a holder for the laptop using some pieces of aluminum screwed to the board. He then used cable clamps (available at Radio Shack or any electronics distributor) to hold his Firewire , his network and the power connectors. All he has to do is drop the laptop into the frame and hook up the connectors and he is in solid.

    Hope this helps.
  4. GentleG

    GentleG Guest


    I might try that piece of board-tip

    I was also thinking about getting a cardbus-firewire-card which would allow me to use a 6-pin firewire plug, maybe that'd be better?

  5. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Well-Known Member

    We have the firewire PCMIA card by Adaptec and it works well.
  6. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    the 6 pin firewire will give you a more solid connection... but if people are doing any "bumping" as you said... i wouldn't trust either of them.

    you could get the pcmcia card and epoxy the firewire cord to the connection... :twisted: that sounds like something I would do...
  7. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    Thanks all,

    I ordered a pcmia-fw card

    I'll have to pray it'll work smoothly on my system
    (the pcmia is on the same irq as my videocard...)

    If it works (irq's and such)
    I will try to tape, maybe glue, it save


    I'll update on my progress,
    or lack thereof...
  8. GentleG

    GentleG Guest

    much better:)

    6pin into the cardbus firewire (way better than the 4pin connector)
    and the cardbus is also a handy extension to tape the cable to
    in case of suspiciously drunk people hanging around my notebook



    anyone stumbled over the remote for my 18-months-old?
    if so,
    please press the little knob with the little crossed speaker icon ;)

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