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  Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting 
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Matt D. Feb 13, 2006, 11:53am EST Report Abuse
I just purchases a Syba firewire card (3 ext - 1 int) to add firewire connectivity to my system. I have an external HD enclosure that is firewire I wanted to be able to use to back up some files. I know the enclosure and drive is good as I have tested them on a linux system I put together for fun and learning. The system boots and device manager shows the card is working properly with appropriate drivers. (I have since located some "fix" drivers, but they did nothing different.) When I connect the cable to the enclosure it lights up and spins up the drive as if it is going to work. My system would then reboot - I changed the setting to not automatically restart. I provided different codes each time. First time recording the codes was 0x0000008E (0xC0000005, 0x80578E4E, 0xB5A2C2C) then 0x000000C5 (CB26031E, 0x00000002, 0x00000001, 0x8054AE34). I can find no relevence in the ms knowledge database.

I am running an Asus A7V8X-X; Athlon XP 2200+; Kingston 512 pc2700; unbranded SiS 315_315E 64mb video card; AverDVD EZmaker WDM Video Capture; Syba VT6306 3-1 1394a; 40 GB Maxtor 7200; Pioneer DVD-rom DVD-114; Sony DVD-RW DRU-710A; Zip 250 and MS wireless keyboard and mouse.

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Matt D. Feb 13, 2006, 12:13pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting
Left out something important - The OS is XP SP2. I have all the updates also.

on the card there looks to be a four pin audio connector, but I imagine it is a power connector. There are jumpers for an external power or internal power. I'm not sure however that the issue is the HD pulling too much power. The enclosure may be self powered or firewire powered. I, however, do not have the cable to power the enclosure. Again, it works fine on another system. My power supply is 500W.

Dr. Peaceful Feb 14, 2006, 12:24am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting
The 4 pin port you see is a power connector, a floppy power (mini molex) goes into it. It is provided so that the card can have more bus power that what's already provided by the PCI bus. If you have 3.5 HDD enclosure, you better have it's own AC adaptor, because it could take too much power from the bus. This is also depended on the chipset by how it handles the bus power, some chipsets are smarter than the others.
Pictures of your card showing the 4 pin power conector.

Matt D. Feb 14, 2006, 10:55am EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting
Thank you - the second photo is like the card I have. There is a difference between the two power connectors that caused some hessitation on my part. My card is missing the notch for the connector to lock in place. To put the connector on stresses the prongs upward. I am thinking of trimming off the piece on the power supply so that it may slide on smoothly and giving it a try that way. I would try the power supply for the enclosure, but unfortunately, it did not come with the enclosure when I purchased it. They are available and I will be looking for one - I know there are some USB/DC 5V power supply which is what this one should have had - so I can use the firewire 4-pin on my notebook. Any other thoughts before I try? I'll wait a little bit first.

Dr. Peaceful Feb 14, 2006, 05:28pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting
Not fitting and bend pins up, shouldn't be! Look at these two pictures, you should slide the bottom of the floppy connector to the plastic tab of the power connector on your card. Also, you should also check your card's manual to see if you need to reset any jumper(s) for using the floppy power.

Matt D. Feb 14, 2006, 08:39pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Syba VT6306 Firewire card crashes system when connecting
Thank you for your response again. I was already aware of the jumpers. I wanted to send a pic of my card and the floppy power connector. On the bottom center you can see a small tab in the center front edge that is to lock the connector in place. As you can see there is no room for it on the board's connector. In addition, the out slides are wider on the floppy connector than they are on the board. I hope this helps you to understand what I am working with. Thanks - Matt

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