New Dell 8400 - I thought there was a 1394 Firewire port?

Discussion in 'Dell' started by cpy, Jul 4, 2005.

  1. cpy

    cpy Guest

    Am I missing a port?
    I was sure I was supposed to be getting a Firewire port!

    I'd planned to plug my digital video into it! Manual mentions it, but
    I've inspected the back closely and no sign of it.

    It's 2:20 am and I've been tracking down disks to re-load my programs
    from my lost hard drive of 2 weeks ago on old Inspiron - I think I'll
    just quit and go to bed!

    cpy, Jul 4, 2005
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  2. It is an option at the time of purchase. If you bought a SoundBlaster
    Audigy card you have firewire.
    Edward J. Neth, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Only if you ordered the Soundblaster Audigy 2 card. Otherwise, no firewire

    Tom Scales, Jul 4, 2005
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    Curious Guest

    If this is like the olden days, Dimension 8400, being the top of the
    line, most likely would have one. But this is today and Dell is
    cutting corners at the expense of quality. Audigy sound card has it.
    Curious, Jul 4, 2005
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    braine_dead Guest

    I'm depressed...I have friends that bought a cheap HP from Staples
    (against my advice) and have firewire on a front port!
    (But it is loaded with so much takes 2 minutes to fully

    braine_dead, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Firewire just isn't that popular. USB2 has become the 'favorite'.
    Tom Scales, Jul 4, 2005
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    David Guest

    USB does not work with digital camcorders!!
    I do think it is quite odd that Dell does not include a firewire
    port or ports on any of their computers by default.
    David, Jul 4, 2005
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    S.Lewis Guest

    The 9100 has 1394 by default.
    S.Lewis, Jul 4, 2005
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    S.Lewis Guest

    Apparently there are or were camcorders out there with USB interface.
    S.Lewis, Jul 4, 2005
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    David Guest

    Mine has a usb interface AND firewire. The usb is for
    the still camera function of the camcorder. Still need
    a firewire for the video...all of them are this way that I know
    of..Did you read the link you posted...make multiple reference
    to firewire for video transfer.
    This is a quote from the particular camera in your link.
    "With great picture quality, large LCD, USB and i.Link and rich set of
    features, the TRV17 is a joy and a good value"
    The is firewire.

    David, Jul 4, 2005
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    William Guest

    Yes my 8400 did not come with firewire and I installed a pci card for that
    purpose. It works much better than USB2 for video. Actually my camcorder can
    only transfer via firewire. Its faster, has audio and better quality. I
    found out about the audigy after I got the PC. A little disappointed but no
    big deal. The firewire card works great and has multiple ports on it. I only
    use USB for still images

    William, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Of course it does not. I didn't say it did. My point was that USB2 is more
    popular as a general purpose port and a very small percentage of buyers
    would ever use Firewire. Not that many people use a digital camcorder and
    edit it on their PC and those that do would likely be careful about ensuring
    their machine has such a port, particularly since it is available in TWO
    ways during the order process -- either on the Audigy 2 card or as a
    stand-alone care.

    Tom Scales, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    Are you sure? I just looked at the specs and it talks about 7 USB2 ports
    but NO mention of Firewire.

    Tom Scales, Jul 4, 2005
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    S.Lewis Guest

    S.Lewis, Jul 4, 2005
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    BigJim Guest

    if it doesn't have one you can buy one from almost any vendor on the
    internet for about 15 dollars US.
    BigJim, Jul 4, 2005
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    Monica Guest

    I have the 8400 with the Audigy card (with Firewire). At this point, I
    don't need Firewire and all I know about it is that it's faster, right?
    Does the Audigy USE this Firewire connection or is the premise here that I
    have access to a firewire port via the soundcard?
    Monica, Jul 4, 2005
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    Tom Scales Guest

    The Audigy doesn't use it, it just provides it on an odd assumption that if
    you have a high-end sound card, you might be into video :)

    Tom Scales, Jul 4, 2005
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    Notan Guest

    Faster? Faster than what?

    If you happen to need a Firewire connection, the folks at Creative have
    been nice enough to supply you with one. The card, itself, doesn't need
    the port.

    Notan, Jul 4, 2005
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    Monica Guest

    I guess faster than USB2 (transfer rate)?? I told you I didn't know
    anything about it LOL Thanks for answering my question about the
    availability of it :)
    Monica, Jul 5, 2005
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    Notan Guest

    Even though the raw data makes USB 2.0 look faster than Firewire
    (480 Mbps vs 400 Mbps), Firewire *is* faster.

    Have a look at

    Notan, Jul 5, 2005
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