The Bubble King (roark) wrote in osxhardware,
The Bubble King
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Firewire and USB PCI cards

I need some hardware advice...

I had hoped to get a new Mac sometime in the near future, since my current one is growing old, but that's not going to be financially feasible for a long long while. I discovered upon replacing my old (firewire) iPod about 16 months ago, that my G4 has USB 1.1 instead of 2.0... and thus my USB iPod takes nearly an entire day to do a complete synch. This, combined with the fact that I am constantly swapping firewire devices, since my system only has 2 firewire 400 ports, but has 4 open PCI slots, led me to realize some time ago that if I am going to hold onto this Mac a while, it's probably a good idea to invest in some USB 2.0 and Firewire 400 PCI cards.

I had a hard time finding any cards that were Mac compatible, and the ones that were seemed to get poor reviews from Mac users. At the time, I was kinda thinking I would replace the Mac soon, anyhow, so I gave up searching.

But now that I'm decidedly going to have to keep using this machine, I was hoping some of you might have advice on some great Firewire 400 and USB 2.0 PCI cards that would be compatible with my machine:

Mac G4 PPC (quicksilver, I think), dual 1 GHz
1 GB SDRAM
OS X 10.4.9

One should note that I probably can't upgrade 10.4 any further, and I definitely cannot use Leopard (users of Pro Tools will know of these sorts of disappointments).
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