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Help with choosing the correct Firewire PCMCIA express card please

RoseyUK Avatar
7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
Hi all

Got my daughters laptop with excellent help and advice from this site and was hoping anyone could now help me to find the best, not too expensive firewire card.

We have the Acer Aspire 5535, which i believe can take the 54mm or 34mm cards. I have read a little and got a little confused as to whether i need one with power supply(?)
I have windows vista basic, do i also need software with the card i purchased?

I only want to watch and maybe edit footage off my camcorder. i already have the firewire cable because i installed a firewire card into my tower pc, which has been demoted since the laptop arrived, hence wanting to set the laptop up with firewire.

Any help kindly received.

Rosey

This one is £28.95, but i don't understand what all this means and didn't actually want to pay that much. I want a good, capable card, but i know it won't be used that often.

Firewire PCMCIA Express Card
Features:
Complies with IEEE 802.3 IEEE 802.3u IEEE 802.3ab standards
5 x 10/100/1000 Gigabit RJ45 ports
10/100/100 Gigabit auto-negotiation, maximum speed to 20/200Mbps (full-duplex) Supports IEEE 802.3x full-duplex flow control and back pressure half-duplex flow control
5 10/100/1000Mbps Auto-Negotiation RJ45 ports supporting Auto-MDI/MDIX
Supports MAC address auto-learning and auto-aging
Dynamic LED indicators
IEEE 802.3 10 Base-T IEEE802.3u 100Base-TX
Protocol: CSMA/CD
Flow control mode: IEEE 802.3X full-duplex flow control and back pressure flow control
Brand new & retail packaged
12 month warranty

Rosey
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7y, 7m agoPosted 7 years, 7 months ago
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#1
Hi didn't know they could take both as there different fittings. Take the blank card out if it's 2" by 4" then thats the old type, it has a cut off half way down one side then thats a express,
There don't need a power supply.
Sorry cany help on which one for you.
Hope this helps a little
#2
Hi Siddy,

Thanks for the reply, yes it has a cut out, like an 'L' shape it is. Yes the info has helped, thanks.

This is another one i have seen at a third of the price, do you know if there is much difference between them?

Supports high-speed data transfer rate up to 400Mbps!
Supports 32-bit card BUS PC card type II slot
2 standard 6 pin ports
Hot Swapping and plug and play support
No external power supply needed
Support for up to 63 devices
VIA VT6306 Chipset

Specification:-
Chipset VIA VT6303
2*IEEE 1394a Firewire ports
IEEE 1394 and IEEE 1394a compliant
Support transfer speeds of 100/200/400 MBPS
Automatically uses the highest speed the peripheral supports
Hot-pluggable with full Plug-and Play support
Low power consumption

Storage Temperature: -40oc ~70oC
Operating Temperature: 0oC ~ 40oC
Storage Humidity: 5% ~90% RH Non-condensing
Operating Humidity: 10% ~90% RH Non-condensing

How important is the transfer speed between these two, this one is 100/200/400 MBPS
and the other 20/200 MBPS, to me the cheaper one appears to be better because it goes up to 400 (?) but i really don't understand what it means so i am very likely wrong.
#3
RoseyUK
Hi Siddy,

Thanks for the reply, yes it has a cut out, like an 'L' shape it is. Yes the info has helped, thanks.

That's ExpressCard/54 then, and you can also use ExpressCard/34. PCMCIA/PC Cards won't fit.

RoseyUK

This is another one i have seen at a third of the price, do you know if there is much difference between them?

How important is the transfer speed between these two, this one is 100/200/400 MBPS
and the other 20/200 MBPS, to me the cheaper one appears to be better because it goes up to 400 (?) but i really don't understand what it means so i am very likely wrong.


Well the first one you posted had the details for a Gigabit Ethernet card, none of them applied to firewire.
#4
EndlessWaves;5496741
That's ExpressCard/54 then, and you can also use ExpressCard/34. PCMCIA/PC Cards won't fit.

Hi,
Thanks for the info, so i should not be searching for a PCMCIA card then, it has to be an Express card either 54 or 34? is that correct?

Well the first one you posted had the details for a Gigabit Ethernet card, none of them applied to firewire.

So the first one may be a better card but the details are not necessary for what i want?

Thanks for the patience :oops:
#5
RoseyUK
So the first one may be a better card but the details are not necessary for what i want?


You've posted the wrong details for the first card, or the site has listed the wrong details so without knowing anything about it nobody can say whether it's better or worse.
#6
EndlessWaves
You've posted the wrong details for the first card, or the site has listed the wrong details so without knowing anything about it nobody can say whether it's better or worse.


Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Im totally confused now. I just copied the details, so i guess the seller has made a mistake.
This sale is on ebay...item no. 260422672846
#7
RoseyUK
Hi,

Thanks for the reply.

Im totally confused now. I just copied the details, so i guess the seller has made a mistake.
This sale is on ebay...item no. 260422672846


No thats PCMCIA you need http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.23831
#8
Hi Gavin,

Thanks very much for the reply,

I am really glad i came on here for advice off you guys. That particular one was recommended to me buy the seller himself. I wrote to him enquiring about another one he had for listed, asking his advice and he explained that i could use the 54 or 34, gave me the link to this first one and told me that one would be better but a little more expensive :|

This one on deal extreme looks exactly the same but different label again nearly a third of the price. So thanks very much all :friends:

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