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    Will Windows 7 pick up Firewire 800 devices on a macbook pro

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    Will Windows 7 pick up Firewire 800 devices on a macbook pro
    Hi. I've just bought a shiny new macbook pro. Its so sexy. I have used bootcamp to also install Windows 7 on it as i need to use both OSX and Windows 7. So far so good. I was hoping that Windows will pick up any Firewire 800 devices plugged into the macbook. I am planning on getting a new audio interface in the future and it connects with Firewire 800 rather than USB. I have done a google search but couldn't find anything. Also I don't currently have any Firewire 800 devices to attach to it. Would anybody know?

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    Will Windows 7 pick up Firewire 800 devices on a macbook pro
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    According to my information you would need a FW800 Expresscard to workaround it, but it appears to only work on certain versions of Windows.
    It does however work on Windows XP, for sure.

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    Will Windows 7 pick up Firewire 800 devices on a macbook pro

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    Thanks for getting back to me but I am confused, why would winows require an express card when the MacBook has a FireWire 800 port?

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    Prolly because getting firewire 800 in your PC, would require you to get a Firewire800 card as well, which you would have to insert in a PCI slot.
    My guess is that it doesn't come natively supported in windows.

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    Will Windows 7 pick up Firewire 800 devices on a macbook pro

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    This is crazy! I bought the thing so windows can work with FireWire 800. ****! Is this definite?

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    Well, tbh it is beyond me why you would by a Macbook Pro, just to install an OS on it that also installs on a machine of a third of the value.
    A PCI Firewire 800 card will give you 2 slots for as less as 35 Bucks
    Just because they slap a FW800 on a Macbook Pro, doesn't mean Windows will support it.
    But if you search hard enough, maybe you will find a driver for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by macwilliams View Post
    Hi. I've just bought a shiny new macbook pro. Its so sexy. I have used bootcamp to also install Windows 7 on it as i need to use both OSX and Windows 7. So far so good. I was hoping that Windows will pick up any Firewire 800 devices plugged into the macbook. I am planning on getting a new audio interface in the future and it connects with Firewire 800 rather than USB. I have done a google search but couldn't find anything. Also I don't currently have any Firewire 800 devices to attach to it. Would anybody know?
    Open the hardware tree in Windows 7 from Control Panel System. The FW800 port should be listed. As long as there are no ! over the port listing, that means that drivers were installed by the Boot Camp software you downloaded from Apple. As long as the drivers are installed, Windows 7 will "see" and use your FW800 devices. Keep in mind that the Audio Interface will have to be compatible with Windows 7 and may require drivers.

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    thank you chscag. i will check this out. i did think that the bootcamp drivers should make windows pick up fw800 devices.

    Ibanezi - don't ever question or try to understand another man's logic

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    I hope Bootcamp is going to prove me wrong, that way I will have learnt something today as well :-))

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