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Firewire - 6 pin or 4 pin?

I want to install a firewire PCI card on my PC. I have seen 4 pin and 6 pin cards. I will be using it to connect a digital camcorder which has a 4 pin connection. Anybody got any advice? Will a card with 4 pin ports do the job? If it matters, I have Windows XP home edition.

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Thanks for that, but will a 4 pin card do the job? I have seen one at a ridiculously low price and wonder if it is a safe buy. Will it be very slow or will it work at all?

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The other two pins are power pins. So that card, in theory will be OK. The problem can be that no drivers exist for it.

Given I can find a firewire card with XP support and a cable for 20 bucks, and a cable can cost more than that, I don't think I'd spend less.

Bob

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Thanks.

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The 4-wire should work. I have a 4-wire in my notebook and a 3-port 6-wire card in my desktop.

I have a 4-4 cable for my notebook to my DV Cam, a 6-6 for my desktop to my external firewire drive and a 4-6 for my notebook to the external drive and other 6-wire devices. The 4-6 also works connecting my 6-wire desktop card to my 4-wire DV Cam. So I have got all my bases covered.

In Malaysia, I can get these cables for about US$5 a pop.

Sorry, I have not come across any 9-pin firewire device.

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Thanks.

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When I bought my Inland PCI firewire card, it had 3 outer
and 1 inner ports and came with a 6into4 pin cable. $20US
normally at Fry's, was on sale for $10. chuck

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see these firewire adapters

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