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4-pin firewire port = what memory card reader?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by utfluke, Jan 29, 2005.

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  1. utfluke

    utfluke Thread Starter

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    Good morning.

    I am in the process of purchasing a digital camera, and I am trying to find a memory card reader for the following setup. I hope any one of you can help me.

    I have a 4 pin firewire port on my 3 year old computer. Most, if not all, of the firewire card readers being sold have 6 pin connections. I can get a 6 to 4 adapter cable, but all of the card readers I have found get power from the bus on the computer through the 2 extra pins, and do not have a standalone power option.

    So my question is this: Do any of you use a 6-pin firewire memory card reader with standalone power (AC adapter, batteries, the like)? FYI, I am using a Sandisk 1 GB CF II card.

    This has been an incredibly hard piece of information to find out. Any help would be most appreciated.

    Thank you.
     
  2. winbob

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    Welcome to the Forum!

    Why are you looking for a Firewire reader?

    USB readers are the common vehicle and are very inexpensive. I don't even recall ever seeing an Ad for a firewire version?

    I do not believe that you can conjure up a performance issue between the to.
     
  3. utfluke

    utfluke Thread Starter

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    I have the older version of USB in my computer, and a firewire card reader would be a cheaper upgrade than taking my computer apart.
     
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    utfluke Thread Starter

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    Yeah, that's the issue I've been running into. I may be SOL, but I thought I would try here and a few other places first.
     
  6. winbob

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    My laptop is USB 1.1 and I use a USB card reader for my Digital Camera's cards...no problem. I ave also used the cards as Data Cards (floppy) for transfers between systems.
     
  7. JohnWill

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    Unless there's some burning need for super speed, the USB 1.1 connection is quite sufficient for the FLASH card reader. If it takes about 4 minutes to read a 256MB load from the camera card, so what? FWIW, you can also purchase a USB 2.0 card for your computer for around $15, which will solve the speed problem. No sense trying to fit a round peg into a square hole here...
     
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