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.