Firewire issue on Powerbook G4

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by tkilian, Oct 18, 2007.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2004
    I have a Powerbook G4 1.5.

    I just bought a Western Digital 1TB External HD triple interface.

    I am using the FW 800 connection.

    It seems that when I have this hooked up and have been accessing data, I can't use my FW 400 port. I plugged in my video vamera to load video into IMovie, and it would not recognize the video camera. When i unplugged the drive, then the camera came up.

    Then when i tried to plug the drive back in, it wouldn't recognize that. But once I unplugged the cable from the camera, the drive mounted.

    Any thoughts or things I should try?
  2. Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Is the hard drive bus powered or does it have a power supply? Sounds like an excessive drain on bus power....
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Sep 21, 2004
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jun 26, 2007
    Bournemouth, UK
    I don't know if its relevant but just to mention that just this afternoon, my WD mybook 500gb external hooked up via FW400 has ceased working! its a powered hard drive as well. Don't know what's happened...:confused:

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