ClassicHasClass wrote:The FireWire card arrived as well, but the Fuel hardware aggregator says it has to be the red board Adaptec and this one is green, but it's OHCI so shouldn't it just work? Is there any point at all to FW if you're not running 6.5.27? I haven't bothered to install it yet.
I have a blue Adaptec that works ... and a red no-name that works, too. The important thing appears to be the chip - *must* be a TI. Maybe the green Adaptecs used the NEC chip ?
Firewire did work before 6.5.27 - Neko got an external hard disk to run, other people did as well, but it was not easy. If you look back on nekochan there are threads with hinv outputs, conflicting firewire device outputs (I forget which applet one runs to check the firewire bus), lots of helpful advice on mounting a disk, &c &c.
Post-27, it was simple. Probably more robust as well but I did not have any failures with it at 25 or so. (Sorry, can't remember exactly which level.)
I found the firewire very useful at the time for standalone but if you have other means of backup and network storage, and now that SATA is available, it's not such a big deal ... I use firewire now for reading memory cards. It's great for that, even faster than USB on Windows, but in your case, with 600 computers in the room, maybe not such a big selling point ?
As far as I know, no one ever made the 'supported' video input work. Neko got it to display a single frame upside-down once and that's about it. There's a project for your spare time
Eventually, you are going to want to go to 30. It is better, just do it carefully so you don't lose the good stuff.
Oh. If you do play with firewire, beware. Do not
try hot-plugging, unplugging. You can get away with it about once out of every three tries. The other two times it will crash the computer, guaranteed. They never got that to work right.