Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 5:25 PM (in response to X423424X)
Tried the smc reset, no luck.
I have come up with 'an acceptable solution,' -- the acceptable solution is to accept connecting the external drive by USB 2.0
And to plug my video camera into the Mac mini's Firewire 400.
The Cinema Display is model M9177LLa, now 7-years old and as prestine as the day I got it -- although the old G5 it came with has long ago bitten the dust.
It has built into it 2 USB ports (that work) and 2 Firewire 800 ports (that have never worked).
This might not be worth any more time, since the display is so old, I've come to accept a work around (use USB)
As mentioned, I just ignored this for a long time, esp. since I didn't even have anything Firewire yet. But at the time of getting the external drive there was much talk of how you couldn't use USB to boot an external drive, needed Firewire to do so.
But now settled into work habit I never really need to boot from my external drive at all (and can use Lion Internet Recovery in case of main hd failure...which was my concern and reason at the time of wanting to boot from external drive.)
For what it's worth, part of all my diving back into ports and cables had to do with getting a mega (to me) 32-monitor/Internet HD TV - which boast a resolution of 1920 x 1080, my Apple Cinema Display 'only' 1680 x 1050, but -- especially for reading text! -- the Cinema Display still brilliant and although a higher spec resolution the monitor/Internet HDTV is very unsatisfactory for reading text --- although the HD picture is brilliant, better for view movies.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 5:28 PM (in response to 60wpm)
A 2nd thought -- maybe my Firewire 800 cable is just bad? Who knows? -- I'll get around to checking that out but none of this now worth buying a Firewire 800 cable -- especially since the real initial concern for that was hd failure and being able to recover, but OS Lion beautifully takes care of that.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 1, 2012 6:47 PM (in response to 60wpm)
Some random comments:
• USB2 is slower than FW800.
• You can boot from USB or you would be able to boot from USB flash/thumb drives. It's probably incredibly slow but it will work.
• FW800 is a 9-pin connector, FW400 is 6-pin. And adpaters and cables exist to go from one to the other.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 2, 2012 2:34 AM (in response to X423424X)
I don't know about booting from USB and not on a path to try it, but as mentioned I did recently, successfully use the Lion Internet Recovery thumbdrive method to restore OS 10.7.2.
I have one of the FW adapters...so I'll have to take back the idea that maybe it's the FireWire cable; the FW cable is fine and the HD, FW 800 -- with the proper adapter - does plug into the Mac mini directly and work fine.
But switching back and forth when wanting to attach video camera (FW400) led me to use both the camera and hard drive less.
The external drive also has a eSATA port and my idea is to eventually use that when it might prove useful for my modest amount of video work.
Want I want the external drive for now (besides Time Machine), is to use a small partition for 'scratch' file writing of Final Cut Express and Corel Painter - Hopefully that will increase the occasional 'spinning beach balls,' that both those programs will produce and equally desired ability to find and delete all the old files of lots of data Final Cut creates for each project (and reformat that partition).
Thanks for your attention to this.
Don't know why the FW800 has never seemed to work (and I know am clear, the FW cable is fine).
If it all proves too slow I'll go back to connecting the HD, with fW adapter, directly into the Mac mini.
Have a good day.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2012 3:46 AM (in response to Laserbeak)
Humm...sure seems like something was/is wrong; I was hoping it was a 'driver' or something. The idea of a FW card made me think of some new possibilities if and when this gets too annoying (now that I'm using my video camera again).
Currently Being ModeratedMar 16, 2012 5:35 AM (in response to 60wpm)
If yuu get one, make sure it's bootable so if you ever want to boot off a FireWire drive you can. this is the card I bought one pretty cheap: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815124072