Originally posted by bigidiot12345
how can i tell if my laptop supports usb 2.0 or firewire? i know i have usb ports in the back, but that's about all.
if i were to buy a card that supports usb 2 or firewire, how much would that cost?
trust me , you don't want that , because you are then stuck at your cardbus reading speed , which is hardly the 400mbps that normal firewire can handle.
try the website of the manufacturer to find out wether you have usb 1 or usb 2 , since it differs a LOT in speed.
There are plenty of IDE->USB cases around , also in the 2.0 format , so that you can put in any cdvdrewriter in it that you deside.
one other alternative is to buy a scsi card and buy a scsi drive , both are not cheap !
i'd suggest a usb2 casing with any writer you desire or futureproofs solution. You can also look at the philips JackRabbit DVD , it's both usb1/2/firewire and can rewrite cd's and play dvd's (both also standalone !)