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Old 11-01-2005, 23:56   #1
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External DVD burner that works with USB1 ?

This may sound totally divvy, but I'm hoping there's an answer to this.

I want to get an EXTERNAL DVD burner so that I can use it with my PC, my mac and my Wife's laptop.

It needs to be Firewire to work with my PC and USB2 (or firewire) to work with my mac.

Trouble is, the laptop is only USB normal with no firewire.
Is there a way that the laptop could use an external DVD burner?
I'm not really sure if laptops can have firewire fitted (by me) or if the USB port can be adapted in some way??

The laptop is a Toshiba satellite 1000 z2
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You can buy pcmcia firewire/usb2 cards for laptops
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Thanks RT.
Any reccomendations, or links?
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Any reccomendations, or links?
A friend bought a combined usb2/firewire pcmcia card for around £30 the other week from ebuyer and it works fine with his external burner, but unless you need both you can get a much cheaper firewire only card for around £7-8.

Struggling to link to search results on ebuyer, but if you go to www.ebuyer.com and search for "pcmcia firewire usb2" (without the brackets) one of the first results is a firewire card for £8.22 + delivery.

I don't really know if ebuyer's the cheapest place for these, so might be worth hanging on and seeing if anyone else can recommend somewhere cheaper before buying
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Is that one on ebuyer definitly for a laptop?
Is that what pcmia means?
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Just picked up a PCMCIA USB 2 NEC Chipset card from ebay for £9.99 inc postage. Make sure you're getting NEC chipset, VIA and ALi are basically crap.
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It is worth remembering that it is not possible to burn DVD's at USB 1.1 speed. It is too slow and only CD burning is possible.
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I bought the Freecom FX-50 double layer external burner in July and its great. Comes with USB and firewire cables and its very easy to use.
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It is worth remembering that it is not possible to burn DVD's at USB 1.1 speed. It is too slow and only CD burning is possible.
But I'm buying this PCMCIA thing to go into a laptop (that only has USB1) to give it firewire (and/or USB2) capability.

Does it mean that I will still not be able to burn external DVDs through the added firewire port because it will be too slow?

Someone please set me straight...
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If you're going to use firewire or USB2 then you should be fine.

FYI: just so you're aware of it - laptop hard drives 'can' be slow and that may limit the speed at which you can burn discs using the laptop. The problem is that you could be burning a CD at a speed that writes 6MB of data to the disc each second but your hard drive can only read out the data at, say, 4MB per second. This used to cause a failed disc, but modern CD/DVD burners normally have the ability to pause the burning of the DVD/CD while the data streamed off the hard drive catches up.
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But I'm buying this PCMCIA thing to go into a laptop (that only has USB1) to give it firewire (and/or USB2) capability.

Does it mean that I will still not be able to burn external DVDs through the added firewire port because it will be too slow?

Someone please set me straight...

You will be fine.

I thought it was just mentioning that if you put a DVD burner on a USB 1.1 socket, then it will be too slow at USB 1.1 speed. I would stick with firewire. It is supposed to be better than USB 2.0 with constant data flow over long period of time and I would also not go above 4x DVD speed. I would probably stick with 2x or 2.4x DVD write speed.
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Cheers mate
Excellent news for me.

Would the USB2 work through this port as well?
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Excellent news for me.

Would the USB2 work through this port as well?

If it is a combined firewire/USB 2 then both should work.
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Old 24-01-2005, 00:04   #14
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I've got the PCMIA card now (the 10 quid one from ebuyer that is firewire only)

I'm looking at the FREECOM CLASSIC EXTERNAL 16X DOUBLE LAYER DUAL FORMAT DVDRW from PC World, at around 99 quid. Link:

http://pcworld.co.uk/martprd/store/p...d&tm=undefined

Two questions (which I can't really tell from looking at their description):
Will this work through Firewire, and will it work with a G5 imac?

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