3.7.9 New Macbook Pro / Sonnet Express 34 compatability...

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  • Alex2112
    Yeah, I'd love to know how anyone plans to use the new MacBook Pros without a Firewire 400 port. The old PCM / CIA slots on the much older PowerBooks didn't carry any power, and I assume that the new Express 34 cards don't carry power either. So a FireWire 400 Express 34 card isn't of much use without power.

    Perhaps there's a FireWire 800 male to 400 female conversion cable that transfers power.

    That was a fun one for Apple to spit out. Like the early version of the previous line of aluminum MacBook Pros without FireWire 800 ports.

    I suppose Apple will realize this mistake.

    Let me know if anyone has a solution worked out...

    -Alex
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  • Ulf Liljegren
    Firewire 800 is 100% backwards compatible so no extra card is required.
    Simply use a Firewire 800 to 400 cable (9pin in one end and 6pin in the other) and off you go.

    I have tested it my self with everything from a 6mp "Lightphase" to a 60,5mp "P65+" and it works perfect.

    Here is also some aditional reading
    http://www.phaseone.com/HOME/Content/Su ... 20-%20Main
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  • Alex2112
    That's a good answer from Phase One, but not from Apple. Finding a 6-pin female to 9-pin male would fix part of the problem. Then there are no other usable FireWire ports. Sure, you can get an Express 34 FireWire card, but with no power, you can't run a bus-powered FireWire drive.

    It's another example of Apple favoring the casual consumer over the serious professional. Look at the glossy screen as the only choice - another example. Imagine how all the video artists are dealing with only one FireWire port - an a FW 800 port at that. You can't daisy chain digital backs or video cameras.

    Nice one, Apple.
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