New Computer - Limited Ports - What to buy?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by utseay, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. utseay

    utseay Guest

    I just bought a dell and it only has usb ports. I definatlly need
    firewire, so what would you guys/gals suggest? Are there any firewire
    ports that are better than the others? Can you get them with multiple
    sockets...ect? Thanks
    utseay, Nov 24, 2005
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    yup Guest

    First off, let me say that I am sorry. Why the hell didn't you do
    some basic research and figure out that DELL absolutely sucks?

    A computer is something that should always be purchased AS NO NAME. A
    reputable local computer store that has been in business for many
    years is alwyas the way to go. Sure you have have to pay $100 more
    but you can get a real power machine that is upgradeable and can be
    serviced quickly and locally.

    Still don't belive me? Well I'm sure you will jump all over the
    fantastic deal of the $399 computer DELL gave you and you will soon
    learn that you got every penny of what you paid for it.

    No name (only a half dozen or so computer part manufactors in the
    world you know) AMD, Intel, Maxtor etc. they all use the same parts
    except for Dell. Cheap crap every chance they get.

    You will do better next time around. Those that do not learn from
    history are doomed to repeat it.
    yup, Nov 24, 2005
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    utseay Guest

    I also have a IMAC G5, so I will not be using my PC that often - just a
    few tasks, and mainly for work related tasks. I do however have a
    firewire harddrive that I want to use on my PC. This is the reason I
    need a firewire card. Do you have any suggestions.

    And yes, I see what your saying about local computer stores. If I took
    the time and effort, I could of got more bang for my buck, but it's too
    much of a hassle. For $400 it's hard to make your own computer and
    make it worth while. Thats about all I wanted to spend seeing that my
    IMAC G5 will out run any PC on the market today. (Just kidding - but
    the mac is very reliable - no crashes, viruses, software conflict...ect
    - very nice).
    utseay, Nov 24, 2005
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    yup Guest

    Well it does seem that you have some good sence. Most people that
    post about their DELL computers are still skipping in their shoes
    about the cheapest deal they have on a computer and they are so
    happy........but now for some strange reason, they are having problems
    and they don't seem to have all the power of a 500 hp car.

    Here is a link you will find funny.

    donlowad the 3 meg file and watch. You will get a kick out of it.
    yup, Nov 24, 2005
  5. utseay wrote ...
    This choice has alread been beat to death by "yup"
    Although I wouldn't buy a Dell desktop, I *am* using a
    Dell notebook for my general office/internet type stuff
    (inluding reading this newsgroup and typing this message)
    IMHO, any modern firewire card is as good as the next.
    I wouldn't go bottom fishing for a $6 card, but I wouldn't
    spend $100 for one either. I wouldn't buy anything that
    didn't explicitly state that it was OHCI compatible (but
    most are, I believe).
    Yes, multiple sockets, but generally you can talk to
    only one at a time.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 24, 2005
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    utseay Guest

    Great, Thanks guys!
    utseay, Nov 24, 2005
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    Bill Quinn Guest

    I trust Adaptec and have used them without any problems. Here's what I'd
    Bill Quinn, Nov 24, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    Idiocy. I am responsible for hundreds of computers...they are all Dell and
    only a few have needed service, which Dell provides on-site. Your statement
    about making your own (which I used to do) is also stupid.
    Alpha, Nov 24, 2005
  9. I also have hundreds of Dell computers at work.
    But I wouldn't buy a Dell desktop for myself.
    If you don't understand the diferent between the
    requirements, I'll not wase my time explaining it.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 25, 2005
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    marks542004 Guest

    If you can find a four port with two controllers it will be best for
    running an external drive and downloading digital video.

    Skip on down to your local WalMart store and pick up one of the
    firewire cards.

    Usually two to 4 ports on a card. Check the box for number of

    Not the cheapest but not bad prices and if it doesnt work for you you
    can usually return it.
    marks542004, Nov 25, 2005
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    Alpha Guest

    Please don't. Thank you so much.
    Alpha, Nov 25, 2005
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    Markeau Guest

    I would go with either an Adaptec or ADS card - I have used both for
    many years with no problems. Note that besides the 400Mb/s FireWire
    cards you can also get cards with faster 800Mb/s FireWire ports such

    .... I presume the faster 800Mb/s may help create speedier backups to
    external 800Mb/s FireWire drives but I have not actually tried it yet.
    Markeau, Nov 26, 2005
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    Jim Gunn Guest

    I use several Dell computers to do professional digital video editing
    and DVD authoring and video encoding as well as everyday web surfing
    and such and they have worked very well for me for several years now.
    I have been ablel to upgrade and expand them as necessary. They offer
    a lot of power for the money I paid and have been very reliable for
    Jim Gunn, Nov 27, 2005
  14. Some people find them quite suitable for what they are doing.
    And many others find them very frustrating and a long-term
    waste of money. Some of it depends on the users and their
    application(s), but some of it also depends on which particular
    model, motherboard, etc. you happened to get from Dell that
    day. That is one of my complaints. They are such a "black
    box" that you never really know what you are getting, and
    even the people in Texas likely don't know what you are
    getting from one month to the next, even with the same model
    number, etc. At least when you assemble your own "white-
    box" (i.e. "generic") computer, you have a fully documented
    motherboard with lots of 3rd party info, etc.
    Richard Crowley, Nov 27, 2005
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