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    hi all,
    i've bought a case (http://www.moddin.net/review.asp?ReviewID=122), and its got usb and firwire ports built in. i need to buy a mobo to stick in it, but how do i know if i'll be able to plug the ports into the mobo? someone said i could mod it to plug the usbs into what already exists on the board. how easy is that to do?
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    The USB ones are easy enough by followin' the motherboard manual and the labellin' on the plugs but I have yet to succeed with the firewire ones yet. :shrug:

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    hi Wiggo,
    thanx for replying.
    yes, the usb and firewire connections coming from the case look like the led connectors and are well labeled. as long as the mobo has the connections for these to fit in, or when you buy a mobo with usb ports, you can just unplug them from the mobo and connect your other usb ports in them? (i.e. theyre not soldered in place.)
    why havnt you had any luck with your firewire port yet?
    - D

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    So far the difference/compatability has been between the mobo's firewire connections and the case's as to reason why I've still used the rear expansion ports. :tears:

    Not that I have anything yet that uses firewire. :shrug:

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    I've got a case with built in USB and Firewire and things work beautifully. Although I don't have firewire built into my MB, I do have a PCI firewire with three back ports and one pointing towards the front.

    I hooked the front facing pci card port to the front case port and things work fine.

    Only thing that needs firewire for me is our video camera.

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    hi G Smith,
    good to know someone has got round this problem.
    were your usb connectors like led connectors? which mobo did you buy?
    to be honest, i dont think i'll ever need firewire, but if it comes on a motherboard that i can hook up to the case than excellent.
    - D

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    I was that way for a while....I just HAD to hook up anything that came with the mobo and case....and in the case of firewire, I know I hooked them up correctly, but have no devices to test them with. It'd be nice if there was a tester like they have for network cables for someone that builds a lot of systems.
    :cheers:

    EDIT: I did find a cable tester that does just about everything as well as network testers that include the IEE1394 protocols, but still use an RJ45 connector....and it's $120US. Perhaps the best bet would be to use an external firewire harddrive enclosure. They start at $50 and could put your old spare lesser-endowed HDs to good use as a portable drive. If the drive shows up, the port is configured properly.:D :thumb: I even found one for $48 that has both USB and firewire cable connections here.
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