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Gavin Bray
January 31, 2009, 03:53:12

I have the DFG/1394-1e converter which I'm very pleased with. I use a 6 pin to 6 pin firewire cable which I plug into a desktop. If I wanted to use this with a notebook (4 pin connection) would I be able to use a 4 pin (notebook) to 6 pin (converter) cable or are the extra pins required by the converter?


Gavin Bray
February 2, 2009, 09:24:34
Ok. I think I know the answer. If I used a 4 pin cable I'd need external power.

Stefan Geissler
February 2, 2009, 12:48:20

yes, you are right. 4 pin cables have no power line. Also most laptops do not provide power through FireWire.

Gavin Bray
February 3, 2009, 10:28:02
Thanks Stefan. I will probably end up getting the USB version of the converter as well. Is there any difference (ignoring firewire vs USB) in performance, image quality etc between the firewire and USB converters?

Stefan Geissler
February 3, 2009, 11:19:53
Hi Gavin,

yes, the images differ a little bit, but you must have a deep look for finding the differences. Software support is the same for both of them.

Gavin Bray
February 4, 2009, 09:30:27
Thanks Stefan.

Sam Frank
May 1, 2009, 03:17:51
Hi I`m Sam, new member...

I have a problem. I bought soundcard (Presonus), firewire 400/ 6 pin.It`s hard to find a notebook with 6 pin, so can we use 6 to 4 converter to solve this problem? thanks

Stefan Geissler
May 4, 2009, 09:03:51
Hi Sam,

You can use a PCMCIA 1394 card with a pug in for an extern power supply. Also there are some special 4 to 6 pin cables with power plugin available, e.g. http://www.theimagingsource.com/en_US/products/accessories/cables/ca139464pj2/

At least, nearly no laptop provides power through FireWire, thus you need an external power supply.