2846 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Oct 5, 2008 12:39 PM by michaelmayor
Do you know the chipset of the USB PCI card? I can only find information for Creative I/O that shows use of only ALi or VIA chipsets.
NEC chipsets are preferred.
It could be that the card chipset doesn't have the compatibility to communicate with the external drives (possibly additional drivers needed).
It could also be that the chipset of the external drive housing is not compatible with the controller chipset of the PCI card.
Add to that the possibility that the combination of the two chipsets are not compatible with OS X.
What are the makes of the external drive housings?
I've been told by several different people and by some exploration that Tiger was never meant to boot USB because the original system was all USB1.1. Right now, I just take their word for it because I have nothing to refute it. In the software world moving USB and Firewire drives from one boot scheme to another is far from trivial. As far as mounting and using the drives for storage, etc I understand that this is not so bad.
Take this with a grain of salt. I design radios and integrated circuits not software. Now if you need help with a SPICE simulation..............;-)
Best bet is any card with a NEC PD720100 or PD720101 chipset. Stick with the NEC chip, and try NOT to use drivers, Tiger doesn't need the drivers.
All of these Cards are NEC chipset based
IOGear GIC250U & GIC251U
O'toLink U2-C2A, U2-C2B, U2-P20N & U2-P50
I have an IOGear GIC251U USB PCI card in my G4 AGP.