Windows not recognizing/no power to new drive.

February 23, 2012 at 07:16:17
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium V6.0
I was attempting to install a fire wire card to the empty driver slot on the front of my Dell Inspiron 580s. The card (which was ordered through Dell and they told me was the correct one) just has one spot for a plug in on the back, which I plugged the spare ribbon cable for that driver into.

When I turned the computer back on, Windows never asked me to install a new driver/hardware, nor could I figure out how to command it to. There also seems to be no power running from the card, which when used with a 6-6 pin fire wire is supposed to power other devices plugged into its port.

I can't seem to figure out where to go from here.

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February 23, 2012 at 10:36:05
Your post is hard to follow. A "drive" is hardware, a "driver" is software. You're not working with either one. And FireWire doesn't use "ribbon cables".

From what I can tell, your system doesn't natively support FireWire, so I assume you installed a FireWire controller card in one of the PCI or PCI-e slots, then ran a FireWire cable from the card to some sort of bay adapter in the front of the case? Did the card come with instructions & a drivers disk? How about posting the make/model?

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