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David Ris Calculating status...
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Apr 28, 2012 10:14 AM

My powerMac G5 is having issues, which after much troubleshooting, I have narrowed down to a Firewire PCI card.

 

Short of replacing the card, is there anything else that I can do? 

 

Any and all advice appreciated!

powerMac g5, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Apple TV, Airport Extreme, iPhone 4, iPad, Macbook Pro
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Apr 28, 2012 12:00 PM (in response to David Ris)

    Hi David, did it require special drivers in the first place?

     

    What have you done to narrow it down to the card & not some Firewire device connected to it?

     

    Any clues if you open Console and watch for clues when you have FW problems?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:10 AM (in response to David Ris)

    Did it sleep/wake before with FW devices plugged into this card?

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problems in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    Apr 29, 2012 5:54 PM (in response to David Ris)

    When the drives are connected to the card, I have sleep and shut down issues,

    What is the make/model of the graphics card?

    There are known sleep issues with certain cards .

     

    Are the external drives bus powered, or do they have power supplies?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,705 points)
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    May 1, 2012 6:58 PM (in response to David Ris)

    Not a sequence, but test if it sleeps/wakes in Safe Mode.

  • japamac Level 7 Level 7 (24,390 points)
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    May 2, 2012 1:37 AM (in response to David Ris)

    Do'oH!!!!

    I'm sorry!

    I didn't mean to say "graphics" card. I meant to ask what the make of the FW PCI card is....

     

    There are FW PCI cards that have known issues.

     

    You say "lately"with regard to issues. What changed? External drive make? OS update?

     

    FW cards are sometimes the same as USB cards with regard to mass storage devices. If a drive is mounted and active, when the machine sleeps, it sleeps too. However, when the machine awakens, or is commanded to wake, rather, the system remembers the previous drive state.

     

    Problem is, that just before the PCI bus is powered up, the system stalls looking for the drives that were previously there.

    Can't find them and won't, simply due to power on sequencing.

     

    Since your card hasn't given you issues until recently, I would try pulling the card, cleaning the gold contacts with an eraser, and reinstalling the card.

     

    Compatible FW cards typically have alternate power provisions, so it coud just be a card seating issue.

  • Gary Scotland Level 5 Level 5 (7,555 points)
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    May 21, 2012 8:06 AM (in response to David Ris)

    throw the card out buy a new one, they are small change items, its worth the cost just to test

    Firewire cards  are disposable items and are the weak link in the chain.

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