Add Firewire (400) Port to Win 7 Home

9 Mar

How to add FireWire (400) Port to Windows 7 Home

Sunday, March 09, 2014

I have a Windows 7 Home computer and has been with me for at least two years. I usually use it for my home-video collection repository and so would like to add all my home-videos to it. Recently as one of my older computer stopped working and my older collection home-videos were in Sony i-Link formatted camcorders (Sony i-Link is also called, FireWire 400, IEEE 1394) I was worried about adding old camcorder 8mm-analog and 8mm-digital (D8) tape collection to a new computer. The FireWire connections have 4-pin connector on the camcorder and 6-pin connector on the computer side.

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Unfortunately, the new Home computer didn’t come with a FireWire port. So I went ahead and ordered FireWire 400 (aka IEEE 1394) PCI Cards from a company. Before I ordered I need to find out what my Home computer’s mother board (aka System Board)  would support. So I opened the back of my computer and found my system board has one empty PCI card slot and two empty PCI Express Card slots. This means I can get PCI Express IEEE1394 card for my computer.

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So I found in Raukten Shopping (formerly Buy.com)  Protronix 2-Port Firewire 1394a PCI Express Controller Cards for sale and ordered them (~$14/piece). Once they arrived I opened the computer and removed the back panel and inserted the PCI Express IEEE1394a (aka Firewire 400 card) closed the back panel.

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After closing the backpanel the computer is ready to accept FireWire connections.

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