December 5, 2011

Which PCI Express firewire cards are Linux supported?

I am planning to build a Shuttle SH67H3 computer that has 3 expansion slots: (1) PCI-E X16 slot, (1) PCI-E X1 slot (mechanically compatible with PCI-E x4 card), and (1) Mini-PCIE socket. I'm hoping to be able to connect an older Sony camcorder via its firewire (with a 1394A terminus) to a PCIE 1394 card to be installed at one of those slots. I can find at least two models on NewEgg that support the Linux operating system (I will be installing Ubuntu 10.04.3): StarTech 3 Port 2b 1a 1394 Mini PCI Express FireWire Card Adapter (Model MPEX1394B3) or StarTech Add-On Card (Model PEX1394B3LP), but both are pricey. Am I on the right track? Is there an alternative, or any other, less pricey cards?

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