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Firewire to USB

While reading the iPod anniversary post, I remembered that I had a 2nd-gen iPod tucked away. It only has a Firewire port. My Macbook is long retired. If I buy a Firewire to USB adapter, will I be able to use the iPod as a hard disk? (And get the music files off it?) Will it charge the iPod? What is the best adapter (or brand) to buy? [more inside]
posted by chavenet on Oct 24, 2011 - 9 answers

Do usb and firewire outlets exist?

Can I set up usb connections, dvd/cd drives, and other computer stuff in separate rooms? Do usb and firewire, and dvd/cd drive outlets exist that can be mounted in wall-boxes? [more inside]
posted by Tchad on Feb 3, 2011 - 11 answers

Legacy SCSI to current Mac - how?

What are my options for connecting a bunch of legacy SCSI devices to a current Mac? [more inside]
posted by unSane on Sep 10, 2010 - 14 answers

Basic audio interface for Intel iMac

I do occasional audio recording with GarageBand. I just recently upgraded from a G4 tower to an Intel iMac w/Snow Leopard. I settled for analog audio in through the mic input on the G4 but I think I want to step up to digital input. I have an analog mixer, tube preamps, effects pedals, etc. so I don't need to have them in the audio interface. Midi I/O would also be nice but not necessary. What are my choices in a basic 2-channel Firewire(800)/USB(2.0) audio interface?
posted by tommasz on Aug 2, 2010 - 5 answers

Recording Demos and Songs, without pulling my hair out?

Can I construct a good, reliable, working setup for recording demos for under $500? My MacBook Pro and Presonus Firebox are failing hard. [more inside]
posted by tmcw on Feb 19, 2010 - 10 answers

Which budget audio interfaces work with XP and Snow leopard?

Which budget audio interfaces work with XP and Snow leopard? Is there a clear best-in-class at the moment? [more inside]
posted by Cantdosleepy on Jan 13, 2010 - 3 answers

I Ch-Ch-Charge you

Where would you go to get a cheap iPhone/iPod wall charger and/or USB cable? [more inside]
posted by gensubuser on Oct 2, 2009 - 8 answers

USB or Firewire for Maximum Efficiency?

I'm video recording a long event through software on my Mac, and am using a USB-connected Panasonic camcorder. Since I'll need an external drive for the files, should I choose a USB disk or Firewire disk, or does it matter? [more inside]
posted by j-dawg on Aug 20, 2009 - 6 answers

Installing Windows 7 on a MBP with a non-working DVD drive

How can I install Windows 7 (via Boot Camp or rEFIt) from an ISO? I think the Superdrive on my Macbook Pro (10.5.6) is on its last legs, because it ejects almost anything I put in it. (Meaning blank DVDs, and the DVD I burned of the ISO on my Windows XP desktop with ImgBurn). It's not extremely old (I got it refurbished on Christmas 2007), but still old enough to be out of warranty (at least I would think so). What I have available: 1tb My Book Firewire External Hard Drive 4gb 1st gen iPod Nano, that isn't even formatted as an iPod right now, so it's basically just a 4gb USB flash drive. I know I can boot from it if it's set up right, because I've been using it with this [more inside]
posted by N2O1138 on Mar 17, 2009 - 6 answers

Help my MacBook make sound again!

Possible solution to getting sound back on my MacBook? [more inside]
posted by zacharyseibert on Nov 8, 2008 - 8 answers

How many hard drives does it take, before WinXP can see them?

External hard showing "weird". Better known as, sharing an external/portable hard drive between osx and winxp. [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How to share loads of peripherals between two or more computers.

I'm trying to simplify my computer wiring situation, and could use some strategic advice. I have a bunch of devices, and 3 machines. How can 2 (or preferably all 3) machines share all the peripherals? My little KVM doesn't quite cut it. [more inside]
posted by swift on Feb 8, 2008 - 13 answers

Video capture on a ThinkPad T42?

Is my ThinkPad laptop capable of video capture? [more inside]
posted by stleric on Jan 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Lookin' for a new external that will satisfy

Leopard / Time Machine / External Drive Filter: Looking for a new 2.5" external. How big should it be if my internal is 120 gigs? Firewire or USB? [more inside]
posted by dino terror on Nov 4, 2007 - 22 answers

Firewire connection problem?

I have an external hard drive that I'm unable write data to using the firewire connection. [more inside]
posted by anticlock on Sep 15, 2007 - 5 answers

Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick?

Is there a firewire equivalent of a USB memory stick? [more inside]
posted by GuyZero on Aug 29, 2007 - 4 answers

How to set up a direct connection between MacBook Pro and PC?

How can I set up a direct connection between my older pc that has windows xp and my new macbook pro? [more inside]
posted by zenja72 on Jul 21, 2007 - 14 answers

How to connect firewire to a USB-only computer?

My camcorder uses firewire, no USB port. My computer has USB slots, but no firewire. Best solution?
posted by Pater Aletheias on Jun 1, 2007 - 10 answers

Macbook as an external hard drive

How can I use my Macbook as an external hard drive? [more inside]
posted by JPowers on Oct 10, 2006 - 2 answers

Firewire and USB trouble on an iBook G4

Lately, my iBook G4 (I use Toast Titanium, 6 and 7) has trouble recognizing my external FireWire hard drive. Today, the external DVD burner (USB) has disappeared -- the iBook just doesn't recognize it anymore. Is my logic board f*cked, again? And if it is, does it make economic sense to fix it on such an old machine, or should I just upgrade? Thanks.
posted by matteo on Sep 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Is there a way to get a PowerPC Mac to boot off of an external USB hard drive?

Is there a way to get a PowerPC Mac to boot off of an external USB hard drive? [more inside]
posted by John Kenneth Fisher on Sep 5, 2006 - 7 answers

Help my iPod know (in the Biblical sense) some other equipment

I'm having trouble connecting my iPod to my PC and to an external speaker system. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Aug 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Are All Drive Enclosures Basically The Same?

Hello, Hive Mind. I'm about to buy a Mac Mini for my space-cramped office. However, I want to be able to use my two old IDE drives. So, what kind of enclosure should I buy? Are they all essentially the same? Should I go for USB or Firewire?
posted by optimuscrime on Jul 30, 2006 - 15 answers

Can I have simultaneous access from 2 computers to 1 external HD?

USB/Firewire External Harddrives - how can I get simultaneous access from 2 computers? [more inside]
posted by crazy finger on Jun 25, 2006 - 16 answers

PowerBook slow to recognize my iPod

Why does my PowerBook G4 take so long to recognize my 60g iPod? [more inside]
posted by fearless_yakov on May 17, 2006 - 3 answers

Tighten my mini-firewire jack?

I need to tighten the connection my mini-firewire cable makes in the jack to stop it from falling out. Unobtrusive suggestions favored; at least one duct tape-based solution expected. [more inside]
posted by electric_counterpoint on Feb 16, 2006 - 6 answers

I do not think this cable does what its vendor thinks it does.

Mystery cable claims to connect USB and firewire. What does it really do? [more inside]
posted by tangerine on Jan 30, 2006 - 14 answers

Do you know about any good looking computer cables?

Do you know about any good looking computer cables? [more inside]
posted by ouke on Oct 20, 2005 - 7 answers

FireWire?

An iPod question that has me stumped. I have an old firewire only iPod (2nd generation). I would like to sync it to a Windows computer that has an absolute lack to slots for a PCI card, but has four open usb 2 slots. I cannot find any sort of converter. Does anyone know if such a thing exists? They seem so similar.
posted by rtimmel on Mar 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Can you suggest a decent, cheap external firewire or USB CDRW that works with OS9?

My mother has an older iMac running on OS9. I'd like to upgrade her to a new one but can't afford it right now. I need to buy an external firewire or USB CDRW that will work with OS9 so she can easily back up her digital photography; can anyone suggest something decent and cheap?
posted by luriete on Dec 1, 2004 - 8 answers

Firewire -> USB?

We're trying to figure out if we can continue using my old PowerBook G3 (bronze keyboard) for another year. The deciding factor will be if a Firewire external drive can be somehow connected to it -- it doesn't have a Firewire port though. Is it possible to somehow get a Firewire --> USB connector? [MI] [more inside]
posted by fionab on Aug 25, 2004 - 8 answers

Can anyone recommend a TV tuner for a Mac?

Can anyone recommend a TV tuner for a Mac? I have an iBook, so it has to be either a firewire or USB model (not a PC card), and i'm hoping to spend under a hundred bucks. I have no real interest in any TVR functions, as my hard drive is maxed out already and I have a TiVo at home. I'm at Dartmouth for a month - which is in the middle of nowhere - so it must be available online to be shipped immediately, preferably with expedited shipping.
posted by rorycberger on Jun 14, 2004 - 4 answers

Question about firewire/hub connections

Is there such a thing as a hub that will accept USB 2.0 and Firewire, which I can connect to my computer using just Firewire? [more inside]
posted by swank6 on May 5, 2004 - 6 answers

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