HP Compaq Elite 8300 Ultra-slim PC Installation Manual

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HP FireWire®/IEEE 1394a 

PCIe x1 Card
Installation Guide

© Copyright 2010, 2012 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The 

information contained herein is subject to change without notice.The only 

warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty 

statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should 

be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for 

technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

Printed in 

Second Edition: October 2012


Kit Contents

HP FireWire®/IEEE 1394a PCIe x1 card (with full-height 

expansion bracket attached)

SATA to SATA split power extension cable

Low profile expansion bracket to replace the full-height expansion 

bracket required on some computer models

The HP FireWire®/IEEE 1394a PCIe x1 card includes the following 


1394a interface with data transfer rates of 400, 200, and 100 


1394a compliant physical layer with 2 external 1394a 6-pin ports 

and 1 internal port with pin headers for connecting a third 

external 1394a port.

Fits conveniently in a half-height or full height expansion slot in the 

computer with convenient half-height bracket as well as the default 

full-height bracket.

Power to external devices is individual y current limited to 1.5A per 


To determine the compatibility of this product with your HP computer, 

see QuickSpecs online at http://www.hp.com/go/productbulletin.

Installing the 1394a PCIe x1 Card
1. Turn off power to the system and disconnect the power cord from 

the power outlet.

WARNING! To avoid the risk of serious injury, ensure that the 

power cord is unplugged from the electrical outlet at the wall 

before installing the PCIe x1 card. Failure to do so may expose 

you to the risk of electric shock.

CAUTION: To avoid the risk of damage to the system, ensure that 

the power cord is unplugged from the electrical outlet at the wall 

before installing the PCIe x1 card.

NOTE: Refer to the documentation included with your computer 

for detailed information on installing an expansion card

2. Remove the computer cover or access panel.
3. Remove the appropriate expansion slot cover from the rear of the 


4. A full-height expansion cover bracket is attached to the 1394a 

PCIe card. If your computer requires a half-height bracket, remove 

two screws that secure the full-height bracket to the card (1), 

remove the bracket from the card (2), place the low-profile bracket 

on the card (3), and secure the bracket with the two screws (4).

5. Insert the 1394a PCIe x1 card into an available PCIe 2.0 

expansion slot in the computer.

NOTE: The 1394a PCIe x1 card has a PCIe 2.0 5 GHz interface. 

For optimal performance, install this card in a PCIe 2.0 slot. 

Installing it in a PCIe 1.0 slot could cause the card to run at a 

reduced 2.5 GHz throughput. Refer to the documentation included 

with your computer for detailed instructions on installing an 

expansion card.

6. Look for an available SATA Power connector inside the chassis. If 

one is available, do the following:

NOTE: The SATA power cable is only required for bus-powered 

devices that consume over 1 amp of power.

Using the SATA power cable provided, plug the far end of the 

cable labeled P3 into the 1394a PCIe card. Plug the other 

end of the cable labeled P1 into the available SATA power 


If there is no available SATA power connector inside the chassis, 

do the following:

Disconnect the SATA power cable from the rear of any 

available SATA drive, such as a hard drive or optical drive.

Using the SATA power cable provided in the kit, plug the far 

end of the cable labeled P3 into the 1394a PCIe card. Plug 

the middle connector on the cable labeled P2 into the rear of 

the drive that was disconnected in the previous step. Plug the 

other end of the cable labeled P1 into the SATA power cable 

that was disconnected from the drive.

7. Replace the computer cover or access panel.
8. Plug in and power on the computer.
9. After powering on the computer, make sure the card is being 

recognized by the system (a popup message will display in the 

system tray on the Windows taskbar).

10. Connect your 1394a device(s) to the 1394a port(s) on the 1394a 

PCIe card. Refer to the device manufacturer's documentation for 

specific instructions on connecting a device.

Connecting an External 1394a Port
The 1394a PCIe card is equipped with a 1394a connector on the rear 

of the card that can be used to connect an external 1394a port.

CAUTION: If your computer supports a 1394a external port 

through the system board, do not disconnect the external port 

cable from the system board. Doing this causes the system to fail 

at boot.

NOTE: For computers that do not support a 1394a external port 

through the system board, connect the external port cable into the 

1394a connector on the rear of the card.

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