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shanewomer 06-05-2006 12:14 AM

Sony Vaio Laptop - Need 6-pin firewire
 
I have a Sony FE550G Vaio laptop which has a 4-pin firewire port, and I need a 6-pin firewire port to power a portable device I want to buy.

Is there anyway to upgrade my Sony laptop to a 6-pin port? What would I have to buy, and could I install it myself?

Here are specs on my Sony laptop:

http://exactchoice.cnet.com/profile_4924.aspx

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16834117145

Any information is much appreciated.

Thank you,
Shane

talldude123 06-05-2006 01:28 AM

IIEE FireWire PCMCIA for laptops, just plug into the side

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16839196001

shanewomer 06-05-2006 11:01 AM

Thank you for that link.

I have two questions:

#1. Will that work with my Sony FE550G Laptop? The description for that card says: CardBus-enabled Notebook PC or G3 PowerBook

I'm not sure what that means, "CardBus". Does anyone know if my Sony laptop has a CardBus?


#2. Will the device I want to buy work with this card? The description for the device that I want to plug into my computer says:

"Bus powered (requires a non-adapted 6-pin FireWire port on the computer) - no additional power supply necessary for complete recording freedom."


Thank you,
Shane

bear85 06-06-2006 07:08 AM

All it means is that its needs a cardbus slot, which in plain is the slots at the side of yur lappy(shud be at the front, left or right side), i.e where you wirless card goes (only old lappys dont have them). If youve got one spare of these then you will be able to slot it in, then its xp so it will auto install and your away.

P.S should be able to find a cheap one on ebay, thats where i bought one for, £8

uzi9mm 06-06-2006 04:32 PM

Quote:

Originally posted by bear85
All it means is that its needs a cardbus slot, which in plain is the slots at the side of yur lappy(shud be at the front, left or right side), i.e where you wirless card goes (only old lappys dont have them).

well just to correct some wrong info...... Most old laptops after 1996 on average have more PCMCIA card slots than current laptops.

shanewomer 06-06-2006 04:36 PM

I would like to power this device: http://www.zzounds.com/item--MTUTRAVELER - which says, "Bus power requires a non-adapted 6-pin FireWire port"

The PCMCIA CARD from newegg says, "Fully Plug-N-Play and Hot-Swap compatible". Does that mean it will work for me?

Thanks, Shane

bear85 06-06-2006 04:54 PM

cheers for the correction, most ive seen are like ive said, but cheers, ill update my info for future :-) :o



Plug and play just means it just plugs in and its ready to go , and you can take it out when your finished, i.e. you plug it in, xp will find the drivers and it will be ready for use! then you simply connect the other device to it via the cable. Both ends may be 6pin tho, just buy seperate cable 6pin to 6pin easily available, unless you get with your items:cool:

if any errors please post reply, :p


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