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New case has 1394, Mobo doesn't ?

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September 4, 2008 6:09:36 PM

I bought a new case which has a 1394 firewire port on the front:

I put my mobo in the new case and realized that my mobo does not have a place for the front 1394 to plug into. I have 2 unused "front usb" ports on the mobo which have the same pin pattern. Is it safe to plug the 1394 into that?
my mobo:


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a c 220 V Motherboard
September 4, 2008 6:13:19 PM

No! They are not the same kind of port. If you need a firewire port, you'll need to buy an add-in card.
a b V Motherboard
September 4, 2008 6:24:20 PM

If you plug the 1394 into a USB port you could destroy the motherboard.
Get a PCI Firewire card if you need it. Most of us don't need firewire.

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September 4, 2008 8:46:02 PM

OH! good thing i didnt just "try" it!!! I almost did... then thought I should ask around first! hahah!

I do video editing with firewire, so I guess I'll have to put a card in!

a b V Motherboard
September 4, 2008 8:56:24 PM

Does your camcorder or camera also have USB, by any chance? Maybe you can just use that.
September 4, 2008 9:04:46 PM

it depends on the firewire. if it is 800, dont go with USB, it will seem slow.