ieee to usb adapter causes pc to shutdown

September 7, 2010 at 06:06:28
Specs: Windows XP, 1.6gb/2gb
I bought an adapter http://cgi.ebay.com.au/Firewire-IEE...
as i have a firewire connected dvd external drive that i want to use to install a different version linux on me Eeepc notebook but it causes the notebook to shutdown. I first put in the adapter then the drive into it(not turned on or turned on does the same thing) and the Eee shutdown. I tried it on my desktop and the same thing happened. Why does this happen?

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#1
September 9, 2010 at 21:36:21
From what I can tell from the image of the product, it is most likely a "fake." USB and FireWire / IEEE 1394 use totally different voltages and protocols. An adapter between the two would probably (in my inexperienced opinion) require more complex circuitry than what could be housed in that device's case. The product you have purchased probably just connects the power and data lines together either to the closest analog or the inverse signal (crossover, like positive to negative, data transmit to data receive, etc...). This could easily short out a USB port and cause the computer to shut down; you're lucky it didn't cause any permanent damage.

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September 12, 2010 at 03:25:54
Yes i had thought later that i could have killed something with that but guess what i plugged something else in the next day and did actually kill my motherboard on the desktop machine. Geez!!!! Ah well I won't be using that little fake thing againor do what i did to kill the MB. Luckily the little adapter didn't cost much and we learn by stupid mistakes!

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