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Chapter 7. Choosing Peripheral Devices > Connecting FireWire and USB Devices

Connecting FireWire and USB Devices

If you've connected peripheral devices to computers from that other platform (called Windows), no doubt you've become used to playing with special interrupt settings. With FireWire or USB, you don't have to worry about dealing with those arcane setups. Instead, you can easily add such devices as you need them and remove them just as quickly.

If you have an older Mac with a SCSI peripheral port, hot swapping is a no-no (except if you have one of those special terminator devices designed for that purpose). If you try a hot swap, you might cause your computer to crash, or risk damage to the electronics of the device itself or the Mac's SCSI chip (requiring a motherboard replacement). On these other Macs, shut down before you try to change anything.



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