can i just buy ANY firewire cable...?

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

  1. proverbs macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2005
    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


    Oct 16, 2003
    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

    Mar 15, 2005
    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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