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2 port firewire pci card for g5

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Nov 13, 2006 1:13 PM
has anybody successfuly added extra firewire ports on a g5 powermac? i have a dual 2.0 ghz mac purchased late 2005 and understand i need to use a pci express card but so far as i can see on the web, no cards are compatble however I have a siig 2 port firewire pcie card that on the manufacturers site says that it does.... the box and manual pdf state it doesn't though.

thanks in advance for any help D
g5 power mac late 2005, Mac OS X (10.4.3)
  • The Kwamster Level 3 Level 3 (760 points)
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    Nov 13, 2006 1:39 PM (in response to daryll wilson)
    I believe PCI-X Slots are backwards compatible with PCI Cards, so any FW card that's Mac compatible should work. I use the adaptec FireConnect card, and it works fine.

    It's PCI-Express, like in the new MacPros that ISN'T backwards compatible.

    Hope that helped!

    -K
    PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz 15, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.8), G5 Dual 2.3, 3GB RAM, 4G iPod 30
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Nov 13, 2006 1:43 PM (in response to daryll wilson)
    Hi daryll;

    I have a late 2005 G5 and it has PCIe or PCI-Express expansion slots. These are not compatible with PCI or PCIx.

    Allan
    PowerMac G5 Quad, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 7800 GT, 6.5 GB RAM, 440 GB, Nikon N80, Nikon D70, Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
  • The Kwamster Level 3 Level 3 (760 points)
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    Nov 13, 2006 1:48 PM (in response to The Kwamster)
    Scratch that. Mine is Early 2005, and that's why it works -- my slots are still PCI. Had to go back to the spec sheets again.

    I wouldn't try putting it in yours -- don't want to fry your board or anything.

    Did you try OtherWorldComputing or SmallDog Electronics -- may of the places that specialize in Mac gear should have something...PCI Express isn't exactly new anymore!

    Sorry about that, and good luck.
    PowerBook G4 1.5Ghz 15, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.4.8), G5 Dual 2.3, 3GB RAM, 4G iPod 30
  • Steve Boultbee Level 5 Level 5 (4,100 points)
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    Nov 13, 2006 3:30 PM (in response to The Kwamster)
    Yeah, OWC has some PCI-Express cards that add additional FireWire and USB ports.
    PowerMac G5 Quad (8.5 GB RAM, GeForce 7800 GT), 17-inch PowerBook G4 (2 GB RAM), Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • Allan Eckert Level 8 Level 8 (39,420 points)
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    Nov 17, 2006 8:40 PM (in response to daryll wilson)
    Hi Daryll;

    As Steve said above OWC has expansion card for PCIe.

    Allan
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    PowerMac G5 Quad, Mac OS X (10.4.8), 7800 GT, 6.5 GB RAM, 440 GB, Nikon N80, Nikon D70, Nikon Coolscan 5000ED
  • naturemike Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 16, 2006 9:16 AM (in response to Allan Eckert)
    So The Siig firewire 2-port PCIe product # (NN-E20012-S2) will not work in a quad core G5? I hadtalked to a salesman at Siig and he said it would. I ordered the product and the box does not say one word about Mac. I'm kinda apprehensive about putting it in my computer. besides that I don't see antywhere on the mac to bug the power source into. If anyone has sucessfully got this card to work in their Mac, plaease let me know.
    quad core G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 5 gig ram, 23" Display
  • naturemike Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Dec 16, 2006 9:20 AM (in response to naturemike)
    also I checked out the OWC site but they do not offer a firewire 400 solution in the PCI Ecpress format. Is it possible that there is not acard that will workwithmy computer? I've been searching for the past week and a half for a stright answer. no one seems to have one.

    thanks
    mike
    quad core G5, Mac OS X (10.4.7), 5 gig ram, 23" Display

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