Firewire connector

  kimtrnc 12:03 25 Nov 2007
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My JVC camcorder miniDv needs a firewire to connect to.I have the cable, but no firewire port on my laptop.
Can I a) obtain a cable which will convert firewire to USB port, or B) obtain an external Firewire hub which will connect to USB?
Thanks
Kim

  Demora 12:17 25 Nov 2007

There are firewire PCMCIA cards with 2 ports for Firewire or there is a pci card (depending on how old the Laptop is) for firewire. click here maybe not the cheapest place but not as confusing as some sites

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  kimtrnc 15:13 25 Nov 2007

Thanks Demora - my laptop is brand new, but spec says PC card Type II - is that the same as PCMCIA, please? I looked at the site you advised, and a couple of others and I am still not sure which type I should be buying. Er, normally quite bright, but never had a laptop before ...duhhhhh
Kim

  kimtrnc 15:14 25 Nov 2007

Thanks Demora - my laptop is brand new, but spec says PC card Type II - is that the same as PCMCIA, please? I looked at the site you advised, and a couple of others and I am still not sure which type I should be buying. Er, normally quite bright, but never had a laptop before ...duhhhhh
Kim

  Demora 15:31 25 Nov 2007

I think this is what you need then.

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When I have the spare funds I shall get one.

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  DieSse 15:31 25 Nov 2007

PC Card is the current name for "PCMCIA" cards.

click here

However even some suppliers don't seem to understand :-(

This is the link to the Novatech card (I hope)

click here

  Demora 15:36 25 Nov 2007

I think this is what you need then

click here

When I have the spare funds I shall get one.

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  DieSse 15:40 25 Nov 2007

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Express cards are not PC Card TypeII cards - be careful what you get.

  Demora 15:41 25 Nov 2007

Brand new laptops have a card thats like a PCMCIA card but they are calling them PCI Express cards. I have a new laptop and it will only take the new cards.

Its very confusing. BUT I tried to put my PCMCIA firewire card which I got for the old laptop and guess what. It doesn't fit or work.

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  DieSse 16:26 25 Nov 2007

PCMCIA is the name of the Industry Association.

That's why the cards themselves are now called

PC Cards (with a type number to show their thickness)

and

PC Express cards

to differentiate the new types from the old types. (and they are quite different and non-compatible.)

Suppliers who use the term PCMCIA Card are just confusing people and they really shouldn't.

Why I'm possibly being a tad pedantic, is that kimtrnc says it's a PC Card slot, and you gave a link to a PC Express product.

  Demora 16:27 25 Nov 2007

OK exact terminology from my laptop Manufacturer on there website is '1 x Express Card Slot (34/54)'

Ordinary PCMCIA cards have a different fitting even though they are about the same size.

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