I just purchased a Dell Studio 1555 notebook computer. The specifications said it has a 1394 (note no letter) port. I assumed that since 1394b is 7 years old, that it would be a 'b' port. Not so. When I contacted Dell about this, they said to go to their store to purchase a 1394b solution. Specifically, they mentioned a 1394b to USB converter. That's even slower than 1394a (USB 2.0 bandwidth limits)!!!
Why would Dell install the 'a' port?