Asus motherboard q - Can I install a Firewire 1394a front panel connector in a 1394b internal header?
Posted on 2006-11-03
I have an ASUS P5AD2-E premium motherboard which has two internal 1394b headers. I have a front panel 1394a socket that I want to connect to one of these but would like a little reassurance that won’t do any damage in doing so.
The manual tells me that the TI controller supports:
- 2 x IEEE 1394b connectors
-1 x 1394a port
The manual seems to tell me in a note that I can connect an optional 1394a module to these connectors and that they support most 1394b/a CE items - except DV camcorders. If I am using a camcorder (which will be the primary use of the front socket actually) I will have to install the Microsoft 1394 stack driver and then it will only achieve a max 100Mbps transmission rate when connected to a 1394b port.
To do this I have to install the Microsoft 1394 stack driver. Now, it tells me how to install the stack driver fine and dandy, but adds that after using the Camcorder I should revert to the Unibrain 1394 driver if I want to use other 1394b and 1394a devices.
Does this sound right and normal and can anyone reassure me that if I do plug my front panel 1394a cable into the internal 1394b header I won’t do any damage to the mobo?