can i just buy ANY firewire cable...?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by proverbs, Sep 18, 2005.

  1. proverbs macrumors 6502

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    i needed to buy a new firewire cable since i think my old one is dead. well, i was looking around and saw that there are several different kinds - like 6 pin to 4 pin, and 6 pin to 6 pin, and 9 pin to 6 pin, etc. is there one that works better than the other for macs or are they all the same? thanks.
     
  2. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    It depends what you're going to use it for.

    9 pin is Firewire 800, so if you don't have that, it's no use to you.

    All Macs are 6 pin, so you should get a 6 to 6 pin if you want to connect two Macs.

    Most video cameras are 4 pin, so you need a 6 to 4 pin to connect a Mac and a camera.

    Some PC laptopts are 4 pin, too, so to connect a PC laptop and a camera, you need 4 to 4 pin.
     
  3. proverbs thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ahhh..ic...thank you for clearing that up. i will be connecting my Cube to my PB so i will get the 6 to 6 pin.
     

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