Can all USB and Firewire connectors be used at sametime in MBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Palaver, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. Palaver macrumors newbie

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    Dear Forum,

    It's in the question. I was wondering if I can use all the USB connectors, and firewire ports at once with the MBP? The reason for the question is I need to interface it with an external firewire harddrive, fire wire musical interface, and a keyboard usb/firewire controller... my MOTU 828MKII interface has a firewire input in the back so I can sync up my firewire keyboard controller via the end of that.

    Most importantly, can both the fire400/800 ports be used at the same time (the two ports on the side of the MPP)? I understand that on many machines only one port can be used at a time. Usage of both firewire ports would be especially important for recording purposes... I am assuming all the usb ports can be used at once with all the firewire ports being utilized?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! If I need a firewire hub, what should I go with? What's the best brand and most reliable, especially for live use?

    Thanks,
    Phil
     
  2. noway macrumors regular

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    Yes for the 2 usb ports ... now concerning the firewire ports i don't know sorry
     
  3. Palaver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Has anyone used both firewire ports at the same time? For example... an external hard-drive and a firewire musical interface?
     
  4. chriscorbin macrumors 6502

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    i have used all ports at once before runs just fine but that was on a powerbook i think:confused:
     
  5. Multimedia macrumors 603

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    Yes

    Absolutely. You will have no problem using all of them at once.
     
  6. brettanderson macrumors member

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    Some people have posted that the firewire 800 and 400 ports share the same bus. If this is true then if you use both ports the chain will contain a firewire 400 device and the firewire 800 port will be reduced to 400 speed.
     
  7. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    Unless your plug takes up a bit of space, yes, you can use all of them at the same time... although I'm not sure of the insides of a MBP, it seems like they should.
     
  8. Palaver thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This would be very nice to clear up... anyone? And a VERY interesting point indeed sir!
     
  9. Sopranino macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely! I've just come off of a classical recording session where I had the following plugged in;

    1) Firewire based mixer in one port.
    2) Firewire drive in another port.
    3) DAW controller plugged in through a USB port.
    4) Unlock key dongle in another USB port.

    No problems at all......

    I can't positively comment on the 800/400 split on the firewire interface, although I do recall bumping into some information that did mention the fact that the 800 port will run at 400 if the other 400 is being used. (Unfortunately I can't remember where I read that.....)

    By the way the computer was a borrowed new SR MBP 2.4 matte screen with a 160 GB internal disk. (my new SR MBP has STILL not arrived......)

    Sopranino
     

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