cdclark707
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Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

I have a slot that looks like the Firewire board should fit, but things aren't lining up.  Am I trying to do something that's not possible or am I missing something in the installation?

 

Thanks!

 

Carol

 

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Thereal-dbk4297
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Re: Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

Hello,

More information please?

At least tell us the brand and model number of the card so that we can look it up.

Mis Dos Centavos,
Darrell

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Helping Dell Customers here since 1998

My systems ...
Dimension XPS D266 - Now retired
Toshiba Tecra M1
Dimension 4300 - Received DOA as a gift. Reinstalled XP and still working great
Dimension 9150 - Pent D 3.2GHz, 4GB dual-channel 533 DDR2 Windows 7 Pro, Firefox 3.6.14
  Congrats to Jimmie Johnson #48 - FIVE time Nascar Sprint Cup Champ !!!!  

 

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cdclark707
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Re: Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

MDL: WDAD004-RNW

S/N: WUAE30002314

If this won't fit, can you suggest another board that will?

Thanks.

Carol

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Thereal-dbk4297
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Re: Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

Hello again,

That board is a regular PCI, that will fit in one of your two PCI slots.

Here is a picture of your motherboard. The two PCI slots are numbered 13. The card will work with Windows 98 and up to Windows XP. No Vista support is shown.

Here is a picture and description of how to install the card.

Mis Dos Centavos,
Darrell

Gadfly at large

Helping Dell Customers here since 1998

My systems ...
Dimension XPS D266 - Now retired
Toshiba Tecra M1
Dimension 4300 - Received DOA as a gift. Reinstalled XP and still working great
Dimension 9150 - Pent D 3.2GHz, 4GB dual-channel 533 DDR2 Windows 7 Pro, Firefox 3.6.14
  Congrats to Jimmie Johnson #48 - FIVE time Nascar Sprint Cup Champ !!!!  

 

cdclark707
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Re: Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

Thanks for the help, Darrell!  I'll work on it this weekend and post my results.

Carol

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cdclark707
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Re: Trouble adding a Western Digital Firewire board to Dimension 3100

Okay, it's only taken me NINE MONTHS to install this Western Digital WDAD004-RNW board into my Dimension 3100... LOL!

I installed it today (thanks again for directing me to the support docs, Darrell) and "OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller" showed up in my Dimension 3100 Device Manager.  When I took the board out, that didn't show up.

So... can we assume the card works, then?  If so, why can't I get my Western Digital external Firewire drive to show up in the computer file structure when I plug it into the Firewire card?  And why doesn't my video editing program (Premiere Elements) "see" my Sony DCR-TRV20 video camera that's also plugged into the Firewire board?

The WD external Firewire drive came with a "Western Digital Data Lifeguard Tools" CD.  I uninstalled the program and reinstalled it, twice.  No change in terms of the previous paragraph.

I'm at a loss... I need to do two things:

-- Look at the files that are on the external drive
-- Upload to my computer the video that's on the video camera

Sure would appreciate someone's help again.  Thanks in advance!  :-)

Carol
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