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StarTech.com 3 Port CardBus 1394a FireWire Adapter Card - Digital Video Editing Kit
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- Easily add 3 FireWire ports to your laptop computer
- A fun and easy way to make and edit your own home movies
- Comes complete with a 5 foot FireWire cable (4-6 Pin M/M) and ULEAD VideoStudio SE Basic video editing software
- Includes everything needed to edit your own home movies, add scene transitions and other effects with the included ULEAD® VideoStudio® SE software
- High speed data transfer rates of up to 400 Mbits/sec.
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This 3 Port PCMCIA IEEE 1394 FireWire 400 Laptop Adapter Card allows you to connect FireWire/i.LINK devices such as iPods or DV (digital video) camcorders to your laptop computer through a CardBus slot.
Compatible with both PC and Mac laptop computers, the adapter card supports hot-swapping FireWire device connections, allowing you to unplug and swap peripherals with ease.The adapter card includes a 5ft FireWire cable as well as a copy of ULEAD''s VideoStudio SE Basic video editing software (Windows only), making it easy to capture and edit video on your notebook computer, directly from your digital video camcorder.
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I phoned the Startech customer support, and they said that you can use any generic DC adapter, with the following settings: 12 volt DC, 3 amp, and a plug with positive (+) in the centre.
Hope it helps.
The PCMCIA bus specification does not provide enough power to allow the PCMCIA cards to power external devices. Therefore, the PCMCIA Firewire cards do not provide enough power to the Firewire bus.
NO PCMCIA firewire cards can charge an ipod by itself (using the laptop's battery). PCI firewire cards (the kind for you desktop) CAN, but PCMCIA cards (the ones for you laptop) CANNOT. It is not a "feature" that this card lacks.
HOWEVER: Some PCMCIA cards come with an input for an external power adaptor, including this Startech card (as another reviewer mentioned). So basically, you plug an external adapter into the port (which you can see in the picture) and the external adapter will then power the firewire card, letting it charge your ipod. As far as I can tell, this feature isn't available on a lot of cheaper models. But you WILL have to have an external power adapter to use this feature.
So again, NO PCMCIA cards can self power an ipod while charging. Don't rate a product down for something that's not possible.
I haven't used Firewire before since I work with PCs mostly so I was amazed at how fast the transfer is with Firewire. I transferred 9gigs of music (2750 files) to the iPod in 40 minutes. I have an old mp3 player that works with USB 1.1 and it takes 40 minutes to transfer 30 songs!
You should be careful to always use Windows' "Unplug or Eject Hardware" utility to disable the iPod and/or Startech card before diconnecting them from the laptop; I forgot once and had to reboot the laptop but I didn't have problems with the iPod (thank goodness!) Good product for a reasonable price. Not as cheap as the PCI cards at Compusa, but the best price I could find for a PCMCIA version. And it works great!
Other than that, it is perfect.