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What is the 1394 format?

My Laptop has a 1394 port but I'm not sure what can plug into it can I use Firefire 800 in it?
 
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Is it even a firewire connection?
 
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Re: What is the 1394 format?

IEEE 1394 is the full name, and it is just the technical name for FireWire. 

The port will tell you what the speed is, if it is a 9 Pin port, then it is FireWire 800, if it only has 6 Pins or 4 Pins then it is FireWire 400. 

The 4 Pin port can not be used with any device that requires bus power, meaning most card readers.

For some more info, and pictures of the different ports, go here.


Message Edited by fuzzy_logic on 01-28-2008 07:57 AM