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Old 01-03-2008, 08:16 PM   #1
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Default Expansion Slot for Compaq Presario F730US Notebook

First off I'm not insanely technical, but I'm not completely hopeless.

I shoot and edit short films using a MiniDV camera and frequently use an IEEE 1394 card and cable to transer the videos. I've installed one on a home PC before, and it's obviously simple and pretty common to use a firewire these days. I recently got a Compaq Presario F730US Notebook PC as a gift. I'm not incredibly familiar with laptops, never owned one, only used them occasionally. I went out and bought a firewire cable and cardbus (specifically for notebooks) at my local radioshack, thinking there must be some way to install it because it's 2008.

Apparently not. After being a total dunce and unscrewing where the interal parts are, then uncovering the harddrive (no, I'm not dumb enough to fuck with either), I put both back on. There was no internal expansion slots. Ok. I check HP's website, and it's vague and confusing. Tech support was laughable. I can find no place on this thing where I'd be able to unscrew anything and put a card. I have 3 USB ports, but that's it. Looking online at my specs, under PCI slot it says "N/A". I'm assuming I have no expansion ports at all.

So this means I can't use firewire...at all? I know it's feasable but it seems insane. It's running on windows vista, brand new, up to date with everything, but I can't use a fucking firewire? I'm pissed off.

I don't care how it gets done, I want to connect and transfer videos from my camcorder to my laptop so I can edit them. Is there some secret place where expansion slots are kept on laptops? Is my laptop just shitty? Someone give me some help please.
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Old 01-04-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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There are no pci slots persay on a laptop. Your laptop should have either a pcmcia or express54 slot. Theses are for add on cards that will do what you need to do. Google for either one, or both.
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Old 01-04-2008, 08:06 PM   #3
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Apparently mine has neither.

Is it usually possible to ship it back and get it modified for a price? As in, replace one of the 3 USB hubs with a firewire instead? I really need the firewire plug-in and can't return this thing.
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Is there any way I can do anything else? Like have it modified? HP says no, but f them. Help.
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Sorry for digging up an old topic- if no one wants to read the original post, basically, I have a crappy notebook that has no pcmi express slot, but I need to use a firewire for video transfers and do not have a firewire plugin.

Question is, can't I just get an external harddrive with firewire capabilities now and use the harddrive as my scratchdisk storage (which I would do for the movie clips anyway)?
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Unless you have firewire 800 you'd be better off with a usb outboard drive.
BestBuy has a neat little 500 gig usb drive for 119.00 us dollars. It's a western digital passport drive.
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I'm confused- so then it is possible to use a firewire/external harddrive to capture DV?
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