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I have an extrernal soundcard that only attachs with a fire wire cable which my laptop doesn't have an inut for. I bought an adaptor; a Firewire 1394 6 Pin Female to USB Male Adaptor (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/150938131698?sPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649) but when i plugged it in, there was a power surge warning wanting to reset the usb (i have both USB2 and USB3 - same result), and have come to understand that they have diff min/max amps, right? (so why are they allowed to sell the adaptor!?) My laptop also doesn't have an express card slot, which i understand is sometimes another option. Does anyone have a solution to my problem? like some external power supply, or a 'Y' adaptor possibly? Thanks for help Appreciated Mike

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Who would prevent them from selling anything they like? Who would enforce that law?

PROBABLY, somewhere, whomever sold you that adaptor PROBABLY said something about its power requirements. It may not have been easy to understand, but it was probably there.

But... that doesn't get us any nearer a solution for your problem. For taht... there's WalMart, where you can buy a four-port POWERED USB hub (buy one that comes with its own "wall-wart" power supply).

Oh - you're in the UK. Do you have Wal-Mart there? If not, wherever you buy electronics stuff (including amazon.co.uk), they'll have a powered USB hub.

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