Firewire 800 on a G-4?

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  1. garycurtis macrumors 6502

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    My G-4 tower has Firewire 300 built in. Can I install Firewire 800 on a PCI card?
    Does the architecture support that?


    It would sure be nice to speed up backups to my ext. Hdd.

    (running Sonnet 1.6Ghz CPU and OS Leopard)
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    You should be able to get a FW800 PCI card. Just check OWC.

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  4. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Missed that earlier today when browsing (drooling, actually) on OWC. Now that I read the specs, what would prevent me from installing an eSata PCI card?

    G-4 Sawtooth with Sonnet Encore CPU and 2 open PCI slots. External drive is a LaCie 1Tb Quadra (USB/Fw 400/800, Sata)
     
  5. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Any Mac with PCI can add things like FW or USB or any of many things you can get for PCI.
     
  6. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    Nothing. Check out OWC's offerings and maybe also take a look at this. I have no personal experience with this card, but most of the negative reviews seem to be from people who are upset that it won't fit in their Mac Pro.
     
  7. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Or buy a regular PCI SATA card and use one of these to add eSATA.
    [​IMG]
     
  8. ThunderSnake macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, that would be a more versatile option and something you'll appreciate when the time comes to replace your internal drive. The only thing better would be a Firmtek card with both internal and external ports, but those are really hard to find good deals on.
     
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  10. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, shut my mouth. My LaCie drive is ported for eSata, not Sata. These arre new parameters to me. I'm fully aware that the Bus speed my G-4 Sawtooth is only 100 Mhz, but even so, I'll experience a 20% boost over Firewire 800.

    Sure is better than the 25-minute waits I endure with Firewire 400.
     
  11. zen.state macrumors 68020

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    Just wondering.. why do you keep typing "G-4"? You have a G4 CPU and I have no idea what a "G-4" is. :)
     
  12. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    There is no difference between sata and esata. eSATA is still SATA only that it is supposed to be external, but the bus tech is still SATA.
     
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    True but the connection is a little different.
     
  14. adcx64 macrumors 65816

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    Also esata carries more watts (I believe) for bus powered drives.
     
  15. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oops! Was never aware of the nomenclature of Apple Hardware. It is a G4. I guess that comes from being around airplanes where there is usually a hyphen in the name.

    Thanks to you all for your input.
     
  16. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I ordered the LaCie PCi card with two ext esata ports today. $30. This will speed up the by far slowest routine on this old machine.

    A friend will be giving me her i5 iMac when her company buys her an upgraded model. So, I'm off to the Intel world. And I'm not expecting any magic. All I do is Word Processing and surfing the Internet. I don't need no stinking badges — to quote an old Cowboy movie.
     
  17. garycurtis thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The LaCie PCI eSata was installed. Easily. If you want to know what eSata can do for performance, my backup times were cut from 20+minutes to 2 minutes.

    With a Mac (even an old G4), no need for an install disk. I'm in love with this technology.
     
  18. Nameci macrumors 68000

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    As long as you know what you are doing there is no such thing as obsolete.
     
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    Oh come on now, what about the G3s?
     

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