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Firewire card works on T41 but not on HP 530

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by markraymond, Sep 3, 2008.

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  1. markraymond

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    Hi, I've just got a firewire card to use with my laptops, its an ST-Lab 1394a 32-bit PCMCIA Type II Carbus Adapter with 3 six pin firewire 400 ports. Ive plugged it into my IBM T41 and it works fine connected to my camcorder, but when I plug it into my HP 530 nothing happens, nothing at all, no beeps, no messages. I've plugged the card in on its own with no cables plugged in to it.

    The HP 530 is brand new and both laptops are running XP pro SP3. In the device manager on the HP, the driver for the PCMCIA adapter seems to have no problems, it's Generic CardBus Controller Version 5.1.2600.0 and it says the device is working properly.

    I've looked on the HP website for a PCMCIA driver but there's nothing there. On the ST-Lab website the product page for the card CB-FW1394 (VIA 6306L) it says it doesn't require a driver. There is jack on the card for a power adapter, I don't know if this makes any difference.

    Does anyone have any ideas as to what I can do next cos I'm completely stumped:confused:.

    Any help would be much appreciated.

    Cheers Mark
     
  2. markraymond

    markraymond Thread Starter

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    I think I'm getting there. On the IBM T41 I have a different driver installed for the PCMCIA cardbus.
    I've managed to find a VIA OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller driver which should work on the HP 530 but I can't install it because windows says the version I have already is the most up to date. I've tried uninstalling the current driver but then I can't find an option to manually install my driver. If I use the add hardware wizard it just automatically installs its own driver without asking me.

    Don't know how the hell to get this old driver installed.

    Is there any way to stop windows automatically installing drivers when I scan for new hardware?
     
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