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Old December 2nd, 2008, 03:54 PM   #1
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Firewire to USB Cable>?????

I searched but couldn't find an answer here on the forums. Someone sent me a link to an auction on Ebay for a 5ft cable that had a firewire plug on one end and USB plug on the other... is this for real? The seller has 40,000+ feedbacks (of which 99.8% are positive). I didn't know Firewire and USB were interchangable. Can someone clear this up for me or is this something common? The price was $4.00 - Yes 4 US DOLLARS. I can post link if that is allowed.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:30 PM   #3
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That is definitely a scam. USB and Firewire are in no way similar, except for maybe that they plug into computers.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 04:44 PM   #4
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Hang on - the seller didn't specifically say it would do anything did he?

maybe it's a piece of art - or maybe there's a market out there for these sorts of hybrid things:

240v Ac to XLR adaptor cable (will only work once)

ps2 to BNC adaptor

I think I'm on to something here....
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:08 PM   #5
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Take a look at this earlier post:

http://www.dvinfo.net/conf/non-linea...e-adapter.html
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:11 PM   #6
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Hang on - the seller didn't specifically say it would do anything did he?

maybe it's a piece of art - or maybe there's a market out there for these sorts of hybrid things:

240v Ac to XLR adaptor cable (will only work once).
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 05:27 PM   #7
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I searched but couldn't find an answer here on the forums. Someone sent me a link to an auction on Ebay for a 5ft cable that had a firewire plug on one end and USB plug on the other... is this for real? The seller has 40,000+ feedbacks (of which 99.8% are positive). I didn't know Firewire and USB were interchangable. Can someone clear this up for me or is this something common? The price was $4.00 - Yes 4 US DOLLARS. I can post link if that is allowed.
That seller is counting on the truth of the idea that PT Barnum was right. USB and Firewire use completely different data coding - it's not just a matter of what pin connects to what. Stay far, far away.
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Old December 3rd, 2008, 10:35 AM   #8
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Just so people don't think I am blowing hot air... check this link. I can't believe these folks have such a high rating on ebay with so many positive feedbacks if they are selling bogus stuff like that.

USB 2.0 to Firewire 1394 4 PIN DV CABLE 5 FT Sony Canon - eBay (item 200281103731 end time Dec-03-08 18:47:21 PST)

I looked at that auction and scratched my head and thought I was missing something. I guess sorta like the time I thought I was wrong... but I wasn't.
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Old December 4th, 2008, 07:49 AM   #9
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They alledge there's a chip in the cable that translates the signals. I'll believe it when I see it in action. Their item "description" is just a long winded generic description of IEEE1394 and says nothing about their product, what it does, or how it works.
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