Pyro Cardbus kit

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Len Nicholson
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Product . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Compaq PC
Processor . . . . . . . . . . . . AMD-K6(TM)-2/ at 380 MHz
Total Compaq Memory . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Megabytes
C: Hard Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.525 GB
Windows Version . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 98
Revision . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4.10

What I want to do is use the above laptop to edit DV from a
Digital 8 camera. As the HD is small and nearly full I have
thought of buying a Pyro Cardbus firewire card and drive kit
(the thing that holds an IDE drive of your choice and translates
the i/f to firewire).

1) Is my system able to cope?

2) Can I read in from the camera and out to the external HD
at the same time (if I understand correctly some are saying
that only one firewire port can be used at a time, which
presumably means that is not possible and therefore would not
allow me to use the external drive for my purposes)?

3) Will BIOS limitations on drive size apply to what appears to
the computer as a firewire drive (I believe that my Compaq will
only accept a drive of the size installed...but even if that
isn't true there may be an 8Gig limit...or is that just IDE?)?

4) If I haven't fallen at an earlier hurdle, will any IDE drive
work for DV editing in my proposed set-up (I've seen a - I think -
Samsung 40Gig drive @ 100ukp which seems pretty good value)?

Cheers,

Len