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Is an Expresscard direct (or) reliant upon a chipset in laptop!?

230 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2013 9:03 AM by OGELTHORPE RSS
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Feb 21, 2013 5:37 PM

I am having issues hooking up my firewire audio interface to my 2007 MacBook Pro 3,1. The interface seems to be uncompatible with my FW800 port. The interface needs FW800 to work. I was wondering, if by using a FW800 Expresscard, I could bypass the built-in FW800 chipset, or are they ran by the same chipset? Any help would be greatly appreciated!



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,915 points)

    Are you certain that the Firewire port is not operating?  Does the third party item require a driver?  Check with the manufacturer.


    Though I would think that a Firewire Expresscard 34 would act the same as the built in port, I would check with the technical staff at for verification.



  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,915 points)

    I am not that familiar with the circuitry of a MBP.  Since OWC sells FW Express Cards, their technical staff might be able to give you a definitive answer to your question.  I suggest that you contact them.



  • OGELTHORPE Level 7 Level 7 (22,915 points)

    Excellent.  I have learned something too.  I would like to know what impact, if any, it may have on the speed, but I will save that for another day.




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