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PCI Express Firwire Card

I have installed a StarTech PCI Express Firewire Card.
I have a Windoes Vista operating system. My computer recognises the card. I have a hard drive attached to the firewire. I use the hard drive for storing and reteiving video footage. I can play the files without any problem, but when I try to transfer files from an internal drive to the drive attached by firewire, after a few minutes into the transfer process, the transer cuts out with a message that the new drive does not exist.
I have checked that the firewire card is properly connected .
Can you help?

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  • RustyLad Apr 04, 2009

    I have a StarTech 800CPI Firewire card installed. After conversion of my P4 machine from XP to Vista the card is detectable through the Control Panel device manager. I have repeatedly installed the Vista driver from the web.



    All the above is to no avail since my Seagate external drive does not display in Windows Explorer or any other application program, when Firewire connected. Also my Epson 2200 printer will not run on Firewire.



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SOURCE: Startech.com IEEE 1394 Firewire Cardbus problem

Remove the card, download and install the latest drivers and firmware for the motherboard BIOS and the pcmcia controller from the laptop manufacturer's site. Uninstall all software and drivers pertaining to the startech card, download the newest set from their site, install the card back.

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