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Sterling Noren
dual G5 does not recognize PCIe Firewire card
on Jun 10, 2008 at 1:58:43 am

Hi all,

I have a question about installing a Siig Firewire 800 3-Port PCIe card into a Mac dual 2.3Ghz G5. It seems that my rear firewire ports on the computer are blown so I thought that this card would be an easy way to get the ports back. However, after installing it, it does not seem to work. There are no drivers included, the manual says that Mac OS will automatically recognize the card.

Also, there is a four pin power cable that comes with the card and it says that it is recommended to use this cable for optimum performance. However, i dont see anywhere inside the G5 to connect this four pin cable so I have not.

Has anyone else installed a PCIe firewire card in one of the older (early 2005) dual G5 machines?

Sterling Noren
Owner/Writer/Producer/Editor
WideWorld HD Productions
Seattle, WA


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Zane Barker
Re: dual G5 does not recognize PCIe Firewire card
on Jun 10, 2008 at 6:53:20 am

[Sterling Noren] "I have a question about installing a Siig Firewire 800 3-Port PCIe card into a Mac dual 2.3Ghz G5"

[Sterling Noren] "it does not seem to work. "

Thats because you are putting a PCIe card in a PCI-X slot.

http://www.everymac.com/systems/apple/powermac_g5/stats/powermac_g5_2.3_dp....

There are no "technical solutions" to your "artistic problems".
Don't let technology get in the way of your creativity!



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Sterling Noren
Re: dual G5 does not recognize PCIe Firewire card
on Jun 11, 2008 at 10:29:18 pm

Ummmm no. It's PCI-Express as I said:

http://support.apple.com/specs/powermac/Power_Mac_G5_Late_2005.html


In any case, I brought this G5 to my local Mac Genius Bar and the genius said that the card appears to be "incompatable" for whatever reason and suggested I buy another card. Does anyone have any good recommendation for a PCI-Express Firewire 800 card for a dual core G5?




Sterling Noren
Owner/Writer/Producer/Editor
WideWorld HD Productions
Seattle, WA


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Zane Barker
Re: dual G5 does not recognize PCIe Firewire card
on Jun 12, 2008 at 1:35:00 am

[Sterling Noren] "Ummmm no. It's PCI-Express as I said: "

You only said the card was PCIe.

You may have this 2.3 G5 that did not have PCI-E

http://support.apple.com/kb/SP46


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Sterling Noren
Re: dual G5 does not recognize PCIe Firewire card
on Jun 13, 2008 at 4:38:48 am

I now have a working card. I bought a Belkin PCI Express card that works. Unknown to me (and I still dont believe it) there is a difference between PCIe and PCI Express (according to the Mac Store in Seattle). I thought they were the same thing. I thought the "E" stands for express. In any case the new PCI Express card works and the other PCI-e card did not work. Confusing, to say the least.

Sterling Noren
Owner/Writer/Producer/Editor
WideWorld HD Productions
Seattle, WA


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