How to get firewire to a laptop

Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
do I do this?

The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.

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wtw (2)
5/19/2006 9:04:01 AM
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<wtw@iki.fi> wrote in message 
news:1148029441.789268.82190@u72g2000cwu.googlegroups.com...
> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
> do I do this?
>
> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.
>

You don't.  A USB port is not up to the job of hosting a firewire port (not 
even a USB2 port).  The solution is to change the sound system to a USB 
based one, or change the laptop to one that has a Cardbus slot. 


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no.one9739 (1143)
5/19/2006 11:13:27 AM
wtw@iki.fi wrote:
> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
> do I do this?
> 
> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.
> 
The solution is _not_ to want to use the sound card or use it with 
another machine. There is no other solution to this problem.
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bobrs10001 (21)
5/19/2006 3:52:06 PM
It's hard for me to imagine a laptop that doesn't have a PC Card slot 
(the correct terminology for what you called a PCMCIA slot).

If you don't have that (and it has to be "Cardbus ... just any PC Card 
slot will not do), you are screwed.  There is no other way to add a 
firewire port to a laptop that doesn't have one.


wtw@iki.fi wrote:

> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
> do I do this?
> 
> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.
> 
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WatzmanNOSPAM (5711)
5/19/2006 6:02:58 PM
<wtw@iki.fi> wrote in message news:1148029441.789268.82190@u72g2000cwu.googlegroups.com...
> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
> do I do this?
>
> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.

doesn't have a PCMCIA slot? what kind of laptop is it?
also, what kind of sound card is it? 


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tg44 (21)
5/19/2006 6:20:47 PM
"Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message 
news:446E080A.5010705@neo.rr.com...
> It's hard for me to imagine a laptop that doesn't have a PC Card slot

Some recent Dells have ExpressCard slots only.  Most palmtops and UMPCs have 
either a single CF slot (= 16-bit) or no expansion slot at all.

JL


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jsleung (47)
5/20/2006 12:39:30 PM
tg kirjoitti:
> doesn't have a PCMCIA slot? what kind of laptop is it?
> also, what kind of sound card is it?

It's LG TX Express. Small and lightwight, but doesn't have cardbus. My
soundcard is Edirol FA-101.

I've been cheking out Edirol UA-101, a USB sound card, anyways. This
might be just enough of a nudge to make the change. The FA-101 is good
in sound quality but very lacking in versatility, and has left me in a
bit of a muddle a few times. Might as well dump it, since it seems
suprisingly hard to get a firewire connector.

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wtw (2)
5/20/2006 1:04:35 PM
Presumably there are (or will be) Firewire cards for Express Card slots.

PC Card (16-bit slot) = notebook equiv. of ISA bus
PC Card (32-bit slot (aka Cardbus) = notebook equiv. of PCI bus
Express Card (new ... physically looks like PC Card slot) = notebook 

      equiv. of PCI Express

Johnnie Leung wrote:
> "Barry Watzman" <WatzmanNOSPAM@neo.rr.com> wrote in message 
> news:446E080A.5010705@neo.rr.com...
> 
>>It's hard for me to imagine a laptop that doesn't have a PC Card slot
> 
> 
> Some recent Dells have ExpressCard slots only.  Most palmtops and UMPCs have 
> either a single CF slot (= 16-bit) or no expansion slot at all.
> 
> JL
> 
> 
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WatzmanNOSPAM (5711)
5/20/2006 2:59:28 PM
Barry Watzman <Watzman@neo.rr.com> top-posted:
>Presumably there are (or will be) Firewire cards for Express Card slots.
>PC Card (16-bit slot) = notebook equiv. of ISA bus
>PC Card (32-bit slot (aka Cardbus) = notebook equiv. of PCI bus
>Express Card (new ... physically looks like PC Card slot) = notebook 
>      equiv. of PCI Express

In fact, Express Card incorporates both USB and PCI Express
interfaces.
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news2006c (89)
5/20/2006 3:59:31 PM
Barry Watzman wrote:
> It's hard for me to imagine a laptop that doesn't have a PC Card slot 
> (the correct terminology for what you called a PCMCIA slot).

Actually, the newer laptops have CardBus slots, the 32 bit version of 
the PC Card.

The new Apple notebooks have no CardBus slots, but they do have 
Firewire. The lack of a CardBus slot has a lot of Mac users extremely 
upset. There are many devices for which there are no ExpressCard cards, 
and there are no external USB or Firewire to CardBus adapters.
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5/21/2006 1:25:41 AM
wtw@iki.fi wrote:
> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
> do I do this?
> 
> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.

Buy the D-Link 4-Port USB 2.0, 3-Port Firewire, Combo Hub. It plugs into 
a USB 2.0 port.

I have no idea how well this works in terms of latency. A USB 2.0 port 
should be able to support a Firewire 400 port pretty well.

Apparently this device has been discontinued as of April 2006, but I'm 
sure that you could still find one.

That LG machine is very cool. I used to visit the LG notebook factory in 
Korea pretty often, and they have some very good machines that they 
manufacture but don't sell in the U.S..
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5/21/2006 1:36:17 AM
"SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message 
news:446fc407$0$96940$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net...
> wtw@iki.fi wrote:
>
> Buy the D-Link 4-Port USB 2.0, 3-Port Firewire, Combo Hub. It plugs into a 
> USB 2.0 port.

Assuming you mean the DFB-H7, it is exactly that--a hub.  The FireWire and 
USB portions are separate, meaning you don't magically get a FireWire 
connection by just plugging it into a USB host.

JL

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jsleung (47)
5/21/2006 7:20:14 AM
The term "PC Card" encompasses both 16-bit and 32-bit (Cardbus) PC 
Cards.  Virtually every laptop since about 1997 (about Pentium 166MHz) 
has had Cardbus slots which are backwards compatible to 16-bit PC cards.

The newer laptops now have "Express Card" slots (the laptop equivalent 
of PCI-Express).  These are not backwards compatible; some laptops have 
both PC Card slots and Express Card slots, others have Express Card 
slots only (which is currently problematic, as there are not all that 
many Express cards currently available).


SMS wrote:
> Barry Watzman wrote:
> 
>> It's hard for me to imagine a laptop that doesn't have a PC Card slot 
>> (the correct terminology for what you called a PCMCIA slot).
> 
> 
> Actually, the newer laptops have CardBus slots, the 32 bit version of 
> the PC Card.
> 
> The new Apple notebooks have no CardBus slots, but they do have 
> Firewire. The lack of a CardBus slot has a lot of Mac users extremely 
> upset. There are many devices for which there are no ExpressCard cards, 
> and there are no external USB or Firewire to CardBus adapters.
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WatzmanNOSPAM (5711)
5/22/2006 3:00:07 AM
"SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message 
news:446fc407$0$96940$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net...
> wtw@iki.fi wrote:
>> Hey. I've got a problem. I need to connect my external sound card,
>> which only has firewire connector, to a laptop that doesn't have a
>> firewire port or a PCMCIA slot. All I have is a bunch of USB ports. How
>> do I do this?
>>
>> The solution is _not_ to change the sound card or the laptop.
>
> Buy the D-Link 4-Port USB 2.0, 3-Port Firewire, Combo Hub. It plugs into a 
> USB 2.0 port.
>
> I have no idea how well this works in terms of latency. A USB 2.0 port 
> should be able to support a Firewire 400 port pretty well.
>

A USB2 port is totally incapable of supporting a Firewire port.  What made 
you think that it should? Check the hub carefully.  I doubt that you get 
firewire ports if it is connected to a USB port.  I'll bet it is actually a 
USB hub *and* a separate Firewire hub in the same box.

> Apparently this device has been discontinued as of April 2006, but I'm 
> sure that you could still find one.
>
> That LG machine is very cool. I used to visit the LG notebook factory in 
> Korea pretty often, and they have some very good machines that they 
> manufacture but don't sell in the U.S.. 


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no.one9739 (1143)
5/22/2006 6:44:43 AM
Johnnie Leung wrote:
> 
> "SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message 
> news:446fc407$0$96940$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net...
>> wtw@iki.fi wrote:
>>
>> Buy the D-Link 4-Port USB 2.0, 3-Port Firewire, Combo Hub. It plugs 
>> into a USB 2.0 port.
> 
> Assuming you mean the DFB-H7, it is exactly that--a hub.  The FireWire 
> and USB portions are separate, meaning you don't magically get a 
> FireWire connection by just plugging it into a USB host.

Oops, yes you're correct. If you look at the data sheet at 
"ftp://ftp10.dlink.com/pdfs/products/DFB-H7/DFB-H7_ds.pdf" it shows only 
  USB 2.0 connection to the host, but in the fine print it does say that 
you need the FireWire connection as well.

Sorry for the mistake.
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5/23/2006 8:42:08 PM
"SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message 
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>
> Oops, yes you're correct. If you look at the data sheet at 
> "ftp://ftp10.dlink.com/pdfs/products/DFB-H7/DFB-H7_ds.pdf" it shows only 
> USB 2.0 connection to the host, but in the fine print it does say that you 
> need the FireWire connection as well.

It implies that by saying '2 - 1394 Firewire Downstream Ports... 1 - 1394 
Firewire Upstream Port'.  But really, the terms 'upstream' and 'downstream' 
are meaningless because FireWire is peer-to-peer.  USB is playing catch-up 
with USB OTG.

JL

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jsleung (47)
5/24/2006 7:35:46 AM
"Johnnie Leung" <jsleung@telecom-digest.zzn.com> wrote in message 
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>
> "SMS" <scharf.steven@geemail.com> wrote in message 
> news:44737392$0$96984$742ec2ed@news.sonic.net...
>>
>> Oops, yes you're correct. If you look at the data sheet at 
>> "ftp://ftp10.dlink.com/pdfs/products/DFB-H7/DFB-H7_ds.pdf" it shows only 
>> USB 2.0 connection to the host, but in the fine print it does say that 
>> you need the FireWire connection as well.
>
> It implies that by saying '2 - 1394 Firewire Downstream Ports... 1 - 1394 
> Firewire Upstream Port'.  But really, the terms 'upstream' and 
> 'downstream' are meaningless because FireWire is peer-to-peer.  USB is 
> playing catch-up with USB OTG.
>

Not really, because although USB-OTG can feature a port (A/B) that is either 
host (A plug inserted) or peripheral (B plug inserted), it is either one or 
the other, determined by whether the fifth pin on the connector is open 
(peripheral (B)) or grounded (host (A)).  Such a port can also feature the 
limited ability to negotiate with another similar port over which is host.

For example if you have (say) a printer* and a handheld organiser which both 
feature type A/B USB-OTG connectors.  You insert your OTG cable such that 
the printer gets the A plug and is host and the organiser gets the B plug. 
The printer as host then initiates comms with the organiser, and they agree 
that the organiser would make a more suitable host.  They switch roles and 
away they go.  AIUI, there is no capability to switch back.

USB will never catch up with firewire because of the philosphical 
differences, though USB was intended as a sort of firewire-lite.  Firewire 
has already pulled even further ahead with the new 1394b standard featuring 
Beta protocol and up to S3200 transmission.

*The printer needs to be host when it is connected to a camera that supports 
direct printing and is not OTG. 


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no.one9739 (1143)
5/24/2006 1:51:47 PM
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