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How can I make this work on a Dell Inspiron?

I ordered this ipod on ebay because I wanted a vintage one. It is in great shape, but it has a firmwire cable instead of a usb. I have an old ibook that can charge it, but other than that, the ibook is useless. I tried ordering a firmwire to usb converter, but every time I plug it into the Dell the computer just freezes and I can't do anything. Any other suggestions on this one?

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You both had very relevant answers so I can't pick a best one.. So you are both winners :-)

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It's not about us being winners :-) it's about you getting your device to work....:-) good luck to you and your iPod....

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Hello Sarah, Here is a link the the manual for your computer. Click on download either the html or the pdf version--see instructions about this on the page. After you download the manual arrow down to the how to install section and you will find a guide on how to install a card. Good luck.

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/sy...

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Would it be any easier to make this work with my clamshell iBook? It doesn't have a firewire port either for some odd reason, but it does work. My other G3 has a firmwire port but I think the GPU is bad or something because all it ever does is freeze and the screen goes haywire.

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personally Sarah, I'd go with a card and add a firewire to your dell, but that is personal preference :-)

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You did not tell us exactly what model Inspiron you have amd I am going oby the assumption that it has a PCMCIA slot. Do what I did, get a PCMCIA-to-Firewire adapter. It works on my old toshiba and my old HP ;-) They are not to expensive and readily available at places like like this. Hope this helps, good luck.

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It is a Dell Inspiron 531. It is a desk top. I don't see anywhere where that chip would go.. Would it go in back or something?

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Oh no, that is a card for a laptop. For a desktop, its even easier. All you need is a firewire card like this http://www.google.com/products/catalog?h...

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How would I go about installing something like that? Do you have a guide?

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