minimod, on 26 January 2013 - 12:05 AM, said:
Just out of curiosity, is there a particular reason for the lack of firewire 400/800 ports?
I assume its to do with the availability of the necessary components/sockets, or is the wiring just too complex/large to fit a board like this?
I was going to ask the same question for optical in/out too but thinking about it, wouldn't an optical 'socket' actually be quite simple?
No soldering or pcb wiring would be required. I think it would just be a case of glueing/attaching a little coupler to the PCB board in just the right position to line up nicely with the socket on the G5 backplate.
Mounting ports on a PCB ensures minimal diviation from the original design, thus minimizing failure rates. Glueing is messy and has a higher failure rate (Talking about hand-gluing, machine gluing is another story). You will have to find a coupler that has the right size in order to fit too!
At this stage, I am merely copying zammykoo's design and be a little creative on how the connections to the mobo are made. Furthermore, I don't see a widespread use of firewire ports so I used the extra space for my mobo connections. I am open to suggestions on my next batch. I might be wrong on the firewire presumption as well.
tw462X0, on 27 January 2013 - 08:35 PM, said:
I was reading your article and I found it very interesting. I really like the idea of not having to modify the rear panel I/O ports. I found a couple of "Firewire 6-pin to 6-pin adapters" that may work since there does not appear to be a "through hole" Firewire connector in the correct orientation. See if this will work. It maybe too long I was not able to locate any dimensions. It is sourced by Ultra. Hope this helps.
Thanks in advance
My response to you will be identical to the response to minimod. Cheers.