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XPS 8500 - Firewire card

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There was no option to add a firewire port as I was configuring a new XPS 8500.  Is there an expansion slot in which I can add a card?

And why doesn't Dell have that as an option?

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  • Hi,

    Welcome to the community

    There are expansion cards in XPS 8500 ; 1 PCI Express x16 and 3 PCI Express x1. See the image below ;

    Number 20 is PCI Express X16 and number 22 is PCI Express X1 (3ports)



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  • There are 3 PCI-E X1 slots.

    The one I would Recommend would be


    5 Port FireWire 400 & USB 2.0 PCIe Host Adapter
    Hot Swappable | Three External FW400 Ports | Two External USB 2.0 Ports

    Mac PC

    This card adds:

    • Three External FireWire 400 Ports
    • Two External USB 2.0 Ports


    Available PCIe x1 lane Slot and MOLEX Power connection for 12v to the 6 Pin Firewire ports.  You may need a SATA to Molex adapter.

    • Three (3) FireWire 400 6-Pin ports
    • Two (2) USB 2.0 5-Pin ports
    • External - 5 Ports
    Bus Specifications
    • PCI-Express x1
    Form Factor
    • Standard PCI
    • Texas Instruments
    Hot Swap
    • Supported
    Hot Plug
    • Supported
    Operating System Support
    • Windows® 7 (32-/64-bit)
    • Windows® Vista (32-/64-bit)
    • Windows® XP (32-/64-bit)
    • Mac OS X 10.3 or later
    • OS X Lion compatible
    External Connectivity
    • x3 FireWire connectors
    • x2 USB connectors

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  • Thanks for the pic.  That will help a lot.   I've ordered my XPS 8500 and should be here by Friday.  I already have a Dynex 3-Port IEEE 1394 PCI Host Adapter (DX-FC103.)   This should work, shouldn't it?  I won't need anymore ports than this provides and the 400Mpbs s/b adequate for my needs.

  • Yes, it should work.

    Post back here in our community for any concerns

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  • Would like to know if your PCIe 1394 card worked in the XPS 8500

  • Can you suggest a cheaper alternative to this $80 part?  I would like two firewire ports, but don't need anything extra.  Thanks!

  • Firewire Card.jpg

    Sorry for the delayed reply.  (Husband had surgery; garden needed tending; unexpected problems with vehicles; <sigh>.  Things are slowly returning to normal.:)

    I finally got to try to install the card today.  No, it didn't work.  I don't know what it's called....but the piece that the card slips into is way too small - short.  I attached pictures.  This is not what I'm used to seeing.  The only slot with a long piece is the one that's being used for the HD monitor inputs.

    I'm open to suggestions or if I missed something, please let me know.  Never had any problems adding anything to my PC's before.

  • Expansion slots.jpg

    Well, it's not letting me upload the pics.  Will keep trying.

  • It sounds like you  are trying to install a standard PCI card - this system has no PCI slots.  You need a PCI Express firewire card.

    For eample,


  • I think you are correct.  I didn't realize it until my attempted install.

  • Thanks ejn63 for the link.  I'll order one and get it installed.

  • Where did you find this photo of the XPS 8500 Motherboard?  Could you please post a link where I can get more info on it?  I'm thinking about doing some upgrades but I'd like to see this Mobo's specs first.  

    Any chance, would you know if I would be able to overclock a i7-3770k processor through the BIOS on this motherboard?

    Thanks for your time.

  • DELL-Elijah O


    Welcome to the community

    There are expansion cards in XPS 8500 ; 1 PCI Express x16 and 3 PCI Express x1. See the image below ;

    Number 20 is PCI Express X16 and number 22 is PCI Express X1 (3ports)




    Elijah, where is the key to the numbers on the graphic posted of the XPS 8500 motherboard?





  • Hi, can you tell me what is the model # and make of this motherboard?  This is the motherboard I have.  The only online manual I can find shows a different (old 9-pin) front panel connector than the one in the picture.  #16 in this picture is the connetor I have.  I am trying to figure out what each pin does on #16.  TIA!


  • Hello,

    I just received my XPS 8500 with windows 8.

    I plugged in the Startech firewire 1394a PCI Express card

    (http://intrl.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/FireWire/2-Port-PCI-Express-1394-FireWire-400-Card~PEX1394A2 )

    but it doesn't get recognised (does not appear in the device manager). I tried slot 1 and 2 but neither seem to work.

    Is it a problem with Windows 8 or with the computer? I have the same card on another Windows 7 PC working perfectly.

    Thanks for your help,