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I'm thinking about getting a FireWire portable hard drive in the somewhat near future, but my current computer does not support FireWire. Is there an easy or even moderately difficult way to install a FireWire jack (or whatever you'd call it) into my computer or is this something that's difficult/expensive/impossible?
 

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Very cool. Many thanks. Is it as easy to install as a network card, or will it take a bit more work, like a hard drive or CD burner (three things I have experience in installing)?
 

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Rock on. I love TechTV. It's bad for me, though, because I see too much stuff that I want but can't afford. Anyway, thanks for the link.
 

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Ok, you should be ok......sometimes the firewire cards don't like to share an IRQ --- so you might take a look in msinfo32 and be sure you have a free one.....it makes for less headaches.
 

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Okay, and where would I find this systeminfo32? Start -> Run -> systeminfo32? And what specifically should I look for?

(I'm on an XP machine at work right now, so I can't try it out here.)
 

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Sorry, I mistyped and edited.......

start, run, then type msinfo32 and ok...go to hardware, IRQs......XP is more user friendly at sharing IRQs.
 

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OK, I see it now. How do I know if I have a free IRQ? I've got 0-15 on this work machine and they all look full to me.

Here's a look at what it says:

IRQ 0 System timer OK
IRQ 1 PC/AT Enhanced PS/2 Keyboard (101/102-Key) OK
IRQ 3 Communications Port (COM2) OK
IRQ 4 Communications Port (COM1) OK
IRQ 5 Crystal WDM Audio Codec OK
IRQ 6 Standard floppy disk controller OK
IRQ 8 System CMOS/real time clock OK
IRQ 11 ATI Technologies, Inc. 3D RAGE PRO AGP 2X OK
IRQ 11 Intel(r) 82371AB/EB PCI to USB Universal Host Controller OK
IRQ 11 3Com 3C918 Integrated Fast Ethernet Controller (3C905B-TX Compatible) OK
IRQ 12 Microsoft PS/2 Mouse OK
IRQ 13 Numeric data processor OK
IRQ 14 Primary IDE Channel OK
IRQ 15 Secondary IDE Channel OK
 

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If this isn't the same machine you are going to put the card into, then it doesn't matter. You need to check the IRQs on that machine.

And BTW, there are more free on that machine too....2,7,9 and 10 are available there.......
 

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Ah, of course! I suppose it would help if I looked a bit more closely. I know it would be different on my own machine, I just wasn't sure how to tell what would be open. Now it seems pretty obvious!

Many thanks, once again!
 

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FWIW, USB 2.0 seems a lot more universal than Firewire, and USB 2.0 disks are backward compatible to USB 1.1 ports. This allows you to have a disk that will connect to just about every PC on the planet, a useful attribute at times. USB 2.0 cards start around $15, cables are cheaper, so it's even more cost effective.
 

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Wow. Impressive information. Is USB2.0 faster than FireWire? Not that I'm basing it completely on speed. It'd be nice to know, though.

(It's also nice to know that it's backwards compatible because my neighbor wanted to hook his FireWire/USB2.0 compatible hard drive onto my computer, but I didn't think he could.)
 
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