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Case front firewire port to motherboard connection???

My pc case has a firewire port on the front which would be handy but my XFX motherboard has no apparent connection. The cable coming from the firewire port on the front of the case terminates with a flat, or rectangular plug marked 1394 and has a top row of 5 holes with just 4 wires, and a bottom row with 4 holes and just 3 wires. This would actually fit the usb connection pins on the motherboard but info I have indicates that they are wired quite different. Is there a PCI card available, or adapter of some sort? Thanks

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  • dpd4 Jan 25, 2009

    Some PCI cards do have the internal firewire header, but it is the same as on the exterior and will not accept the connector I described. I am now looking for an adapter of some sort. Thanks for trying, but your response is the same as I found all over the web and this seems to be an issue for many builders.

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Yeh dont plug it into a USB header...

yes if you buy a PCI firewire card they will have 1 or 2 headers on the card so you can fit your front Firewire port to it...
[Belkin cards 99% of the time have headers on the card]

Let me know...
Matt

Posted on Jan 22, 2009

  • Boli Jan 25, 2009

    okay...


    Is it a 5x2 block [including the 1 hole that is filled in]? 


    if you look at it from a side you'll see on the 'plug' there are parts of the gold connectors showing...
    there is black plastic clips that hold that connector into that hole of the 'plug'
    you can pull the cables out of the block and rewire it by pulling the black clips back slightly and pulling the cable out...



    Let me know...
    Matt

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