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Hi,
I have a laptop with an external connection that I'm trying to determine the purpose of. It looks like it could be a mini USB connection, but I'm not sure.

It is right next to the S-Video outlet, and about half the size of that. It is a horizontal rectangle in shape, and looks like it has 4 pins in a horizontal rectangular plastic stub inside the opening.

There is a symbol next to it:A hollow circle with small solid square at 2:00, a pair of horizontal lines at 6:00, and a pair of lines at a 45* angle at 10:00. I don't know what the symbol means, but if this was a mini USB port, wouldn't it have the USB symbol?

It would be nice if this was some sort of a audio output to go with the S-Video output. It could be connected to our LCD TV to play movies.

Thanks,
Bill
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A Firewire Port.
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by:philsmicronet
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It could be a mini Firewire connection which is used for Video Camera's
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by:administradores
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Well, here you can read more, i always call it firewire but it's a IEEE 1394, and you can find it under your network connections, it's used for many purposes.

Read Here

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394
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Sorry, the right link in english.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IEEE_1394
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by:darron_chapman
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What is the brand and model of this laptop?  The description of the port sounds like a mini firewire (1394) port, but the description of the symbol isn't something that I can picture as being firewire (although it could still be).  It is possible that it's a proprietary port designed for something that came with the laptop.  On my laptop, I have an adapter that plugs into a special port, and it basically splits the video into S-Video or a RCA video output.  It has a connector that wouldn't fit anywhere except for on this laptop.
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by:administradores
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My hp laptoop have the same symbol and it's a 1394 port.
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by:darron_chapman
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http://www.peachpit.com/content/images/chap3_9780321429179/elementLinks/thsov_03_02.jpg  ahh yes... for some reason i was picturing it differently... but yes... it is definite a firewall port... my bad
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by:westone
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Yep, it's a 4 pin firewire port. Thanks.
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by:darron_chapman
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firewall = firewire
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by:administradores
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westone, you're welcome

If you want to play movies i always recommend to buy a HDD player and play movies from there, so the laptoop don't suffer too mutch, and if this is not a good solutionn,you can use the s-video to output the video and the minijack to output the audio to the speakers or directly to the TV using a minijack to jack converter or to scart.
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