Explanation of firewire please

  ray27 19:13 02 Dec 2003

With the computer I have just got there is a short lead with a plug attached sticking out of the back of the tower case.

The manufacturer’s documentation is not to clear as to its function I will quote what the FAQ STATES:

I appear to have a cable protruding from the rear of the PC:

This will be a firewire(1394)cable. Should your mother board support firewire you get the option to activate the port on the front of your case by connecting the cable into one of your rear firewire ports.

The mother board is P4s800 ASUS

I can’t find any mention of firewire in the book supplied with the mother board.

How can I tell if my mother board supports firewire?

Can someone tell me what firewire is and what its function is?
Many thanks for any advice

  johnnyrocker 19:46 02 Dec 2003

click here for answers


  MichelleC 19:55 02 Dec 2003

Another way is to look in device manager: If there's a IEEE 1394 Bus Host controller, you've got firewire. This link gives info on firewire cards click here

  ray27 08:27 03 Dec 2003

Many thanks to you both

I have checked out the site for info on firewire and also checked device manager and I do have firewire on the system

Many thanks once again

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