Internal ports on firewire cards

  fsssh 06:02 31 Jan 2003

does anyone have a pci firewire card with an internal socket as well as external ones? what are they for? i'm just wondering cos my pc case has a firewire port on the front but its not connected to anything, it came with a cable that attaches to the back of it and has a male firewire plug on the other end - i assume this is to plug into one of these internal sockets on a pci firewire card to let you plug stuff in via the front port on the case?i'm thinking about getting an ipod so any help on firewire ports would be much appreciated.

  jazzypop 10:17 31 Jan 2003

I got a dual-port one from for about £11 - works fine in XP. It has an internal port, but I have had no need to use it yet.

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  fsssh 17:09 05 Feb 2003

what does the internal port do though? what kind of socket is it? is it a pin-header or a firewire plug?

  jazzypop 20:02 06 Feb 2003

The one I got was a standard firewire socket.

  fsssh 22:10 06 Feb 2003

whats it for tho? i mean, its inside the case, what do you connect it to?

  SDJ 22:58 06 Feb 2003

I have a Pinnacle pci firewire card and it too has an internal 6pin socket which I have connected it to the front port built into my Antec case. I had a few problems though as the case wires were the 6 individual wires which make up the 6pin plug so I had to get a 6pin cable strip one end and solder the case wires to the wire I bought and plugged the end into the PCI socket.

I now use the front socket built into the case just as I would the socket on the PCI card at the back of the base unit. Makes it easier than having to reach around the back.

I plug my camcorder into the front port on the case.

  fsssh 02:25 07 Feb 2003

cheers sdj thats what i thought it might be for, i couldnt imagine why else you would need an internal socket! just thought i would make sure!

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