iPod and high-speed connection troubles

So I got an iPod for Christmas and went to use it with my Laptop, but it’s just a little too old to have USB 2.0. It does have a 4-pin Firewire, but the iPod only has a 6 pin plug. Apple mentioned that there are 6 to 4 ping converters, so I go off to find such a thing. Pricewatch points me at one – I buy it, it finally comes and – it’s bad.

I plug it into the iPod and nothing happens. I turn on the iPod and still nothing. I try using it with my DV camera and it also doesn’t work, though the camera works with the same port and a 4 to 4 cable. And I can also use the 4 to 6 cable I was using on another port with the camera. I’d return it, but the shipping was more than the converter.

So I went out today and almost bought a 6 pin firewire pcmcia card at best buy, but I forgot to order it online ahead of time and the price was not the $39 listed online, but a whooping $59. They just lost me as a customer. I look online and I can find lot’s of USB 2.0 or Firewire adapters for $20. The USB 2.0 adapters all have a plug for external power – anyone know why?

Anyways, I start thinking about it again and if I have to wait, why should I have to add a 6-pin adapter when I already have a firewire port? Should I just risk another $5 or whatever on another converter and not worry about it being an un-powered port?

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4 Comments

  1. the reason why it has a power outlet on the USB card is that some devices (printers, cameras, scanners) that run on usb and are powerd by usb need more than that supplied by the computer. laptops as you know are low power devices that can not supply the same amount of voltage as a desktop. to solve this solution, they have the extra power outlet.as for the price online vs. offline, i can say that is bull snickety, i know first hand how best buy sucks as i work for them in the computer department at one of their stores

  2. the reason why it has a power outlet on the USB card is that some devices (printers, cameras, scanners) that run on usb and are powerd by usb need more than that supplied by the computer. laptops as you know are low power devices that can not supply the same amount of voltage as a desktop. to solve this solution, they have the extra power outlet.as for the price online vs. offline, i can say that is bull snickety, i know first hand how best buy sucks as i work for them in the computer department at one of their stores

  3. That makes sense about needing power for things like a printer. I wish there were a physical store with somewhat competitive prices. I understand why they cost more than online, by why does the cost difference have to be so large?

  4. That makes sense about needing power for things like a printer. I wish there were a physical store with somewhat competitive prices. I understand why they cost more than online, by why does the cost difference have to be so large?

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