HOW MANY PINS ON MY PORT?

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    • #49452
      igotthat
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      Just installed my card now i need to buy a cord. I know my hv40 is a 4pin. this port has 2 800 and 1 400, it says the 400 is a 6 pin but nothing about the 800? which is what ill be wanting to use. Here is the link to mine, any help appreciated, Thanks

      http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-FireWire-PCIe-Combo-UGT-FW210/dp/B004QY7M3Y

    • #202445
      igotthat
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      and do i need a cord that says it handles up to 800mbps?

    • #202446
      doublehamm
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      The cord ends shapes are the easiest way to tell apart a 400 port from an 800 port. If your camera is not 1394b (800) though, which it likely is not because it does not NEED to be, you only need a wire that has the “A” style end (400). Either port should work though – the “B” ports are backward compatible. As long as one end fits your camera and the other end connects to the card you are goo to go.

    • #202447
      Rob
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      Just to add to what doublehamm mentioned, the FW800 port is 9-pin.

      4-pin and 6-pin are 400mbps. 9-pin is 800mbps. You don’t NEED one with a bandwidth of 800mbps because you’re not getting that out of your camera anyway since it has a 4-pin connection. In fact, I have never seen a 4-pin to 9-pin firewire cable to begin with. So your only option might be a 4-pin to 6-pin firewire.

    • #202448
      igotthat
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      ok thanks for the info guys i didn’t know the pin # actually dictated the rate i thought it was the camera and port which is why i bought this port that had a 800 on it… wish i would of known because oi spent extra to get one that had 800 ports, oh well lol

    • #202449
      igotthat
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    • #202450
      doublehamm
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      That should work! Also if you ever use 1394b devices in the future, you will likely need to install the unibrain driver (I don’t have a link for it at the moment, and it was not even the same brand as the card I bought but yours looks similar.) for it to function at its potential. I have a 1394b CF reader and I went through a lot of trouble pinpointing why it was not any faster than my 1394a ports on my PC. Once I finally found the correct driver for it, my files download off my CF reader at over 70MB/s and they are CF cards rated at 60MB/s.

    • #202451
      igotthat
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      ya mine says no drivers needed but after youtubing it i did see some instances where people needed a driver for it to work. I may switch to a card based camcorder after this idk but i have alot of tapes that need captured now.

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