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Offline OS923

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FireWire card reader
« on: February 27, 2022, 08:20:46 AM »
Recently I received a second hand SanDisk SDDRX4-CF. (An anonymous donor put it in my letterbox.) This is a FW800 card reader for CF I and II cards. It was meant for Extreme IV cards.

If I connect it to FW400 and OS 9 then the blue LED is on, but the volume, which I formatted with MacDrive Pro as HFS+, does not appear.

Is here someone who got this to work with OS 9?

It probably requires a driver, because I have an older SDDR-1331 and this requires a driver too. I canít find the manual.

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2022, 12:36:32 PM »
i almost bought one recently. then i saw that new multicard readers with USB cost 3,95 today, haha.

no idea about driver. but maybe it requires fw 800?

bus power supplyment should not be a question on an apple computer.
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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2022, 06:57:44 AM »
It works with FW400, except with a 4 pin cable.

SanDisk has been bought by Western Digital. The support for SanDisk is on the website of Western Digital. It doesnít recognize this product number or serial number and without it I canít get the manual or driver. That is called Customer Service.

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2022, 07:04:54 AM »

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2022, 07:12:52 AM »
The official name is SanDisk Extreme FireWire Reader.
https://web.archive.org/web/20070102235315/http://sandisk.com/

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2022, 07:22:23 AM »

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2022, 02:26:32 PM »
yep, noticed the same on the WD page. what a shame for such a mass product.

glad you found the info but sorry to hear it wont work. so you were right and it requires a driver despite is can be looked at beeing a "normal firewire attached drive".
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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2022, 01:07:18 PM »
It requires XP or OSX 10.1.
https://www.synchrotech.com/products/card-rw_34.html

It's written "Unsupported, but known to work with FireWire capable Mac OS Classic" ...
So there should be a way to get it working. An unofficial way  :)

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2023, 05:17:36 AM »
It requires XP or OSX 10.1.
https://www.synchrotech.com/products/card-rw_34.html
It's written "Unsupported, but known to work with FireWire capable Mac OS Classic" ...
So there should be a way to get it working. An unofficial way  :)

And there was another "Unsupported, but known to work with FireWire capable Mac OS Classic 9.X":
https://www.synchrotech.com/products/card-rw_31_firewire_800_1394b_compactflash_cffire800.html

So is there something that we should know, to get them work?
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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2023, 12:31:10 PM »
Nothing helpful to add except I have a Lexar FW400 CF reader that works with no drivers or anything. It's even in a fetching translucent purple that complements my G4 as well, good day in the dumpster that was.

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Re: FireWire card reader
« Reply #10 on: March 07, 2023, 08:25:42 AM »
Nothing helpful to add except I have a Lexar FW400 CF reader that works with no drivers or anything.

Same here... the Lexar 'DieHard' approved FW400 model... comes in handy enough that I bought a few. ;D

 


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