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Hello,

I've recently found my one and only firewire port (400) on my 2.5 year old macbook pro is broken. This is a problem for transferring video and using my camera as a live feed to work on stop-motion animation. I've had it checked at the local apple store and they've confirmed the problem. (It will power up an external drive, but not allow data transfer) Apparently, it would require a 400 repair/replacement of motherboard... which would only be under apple warranty for 90days.

Has anyone else experienced this problem? Is there a way to transfer video (dvtapes) to my computer other than directly through the firewire port? (eg by adapter via usb/ some kind of express card?)

Just joined this forum.... looks like there's lots of knowledgeable folks out there...Any help for me please?

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I can't say for sure what expresscards are supported by the macbook pro, but if it is - you could always get a firewire expresscard to use, like this one here:

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There are no USB to Firewire conversion devices for this use.

The Express Card is the cheapest option you have to fix your problem.

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Thank you both. I shall investigate the express card option.... and thanks also for the posting tips...

Mine's a mac book pro. OS X version 10.5.8. 2GHz core Duo. 1.5GB....hmmm will see if I can add that to my profile .

No objection to posting results to the thread, just not sure how. I'm a bit behind the times with forums.
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No objection to posting results to the thread, just not sure how. I'm a bit behind the times with forums.
I've set my account to subscribe to all of the threads I post to. I can go to my profile and list the subscriptions to find them. Or just bookmark it.

When you come back, just use the 'Post Reply' button at the top left of the thread or reply to the last post.

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Best card for your dollar would be the Weibe Tech FW800 Terra card. I has two FW800 ports. Get a FW400 to FW800 cable for your camera.

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