Date: Monday, February 1st, 1999, 00:00
In testing the Ratoc and Newer FireWire cards, we’ve noticed that the driver CD which comes with your card is something you don’t want to lose. In fact, make a backup copy of it, because there’s a file on there that you can’t get anywhere online: the device-specific FireWire enabler. For the Ratoc, the file is called “REX-CBFW Enabler” and for the Newer it’s called “FireWire Enabler.” Is this some sort of copy-protection scheme, or some attempt to limit the redistribution of not-for-resale units? We don’t know. We do know that the lack of online downloads for the enabler file is a big pain.