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Firewire ports don't work!?

1312 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 16, 2012 5:35 AM by Laserbeak RSS
60wpm Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
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Feb 29, 2012 3:43 PM

I plug in an external drive to one of the Firewire ports on the Apple Cinema Display and the drive is not recognized/does nothing.

 

But when drive plugged into computer, all is well.

 

Um...I've put this off for a long time but now it's getting annoying 'cause I have another Firewire device.

 

I'll check support, but thought I'd post here as well.

 

Thanks for any info; I'm hoping maybe there's a firmware update, or something.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Feb 29, 2012 8:09 PM (in response to 60wpm)

    Firewire ports on an Apple Cinema Display?  What model display?

     

    At any rate try doing an smc reset.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)
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    Mar 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.

  • Laserbeak Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 15, 2012 11:21 PM (in response to 60wpm)

    Apple's FireWire ports tend to blow. It's happened on at least 4 of my machines. At least with my Mac Pro I was able to put in a PCIe FW card to solve the problem.

  • Laserbeak Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Mar 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

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