intel imac firewire not working

Discussion in 'iMac' started by firefoxnx, Dec 31, 2006.

  1. firefoxnx macrumors member


    Dec 26, 2006
    i have the early intel iMac core duo. firewire just stopped working. it won't mount external drives. when i go into system profiler nothing shows up under firewire?? anyone else encountered this with their intel macs?
  2. crazycat macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2005
    Is it possible that you broke something? sometimes i see people trying to force the firewire cable when they really should not. If you live beside an apple store try to visit them and see what they say.
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Have you tried simply restarting? While you're at it, maybe reset the PRAM. :)
  4. MobiusStrip macrumors regular

    Dec 11, 2009
    This is a known defect in the iMacs, at least through the first aluminum generation. Every so often the Firewire ports just fail.

    The only solution is to pull the power cord for at least 15 seconds. Your drive will mysteriously work again.

    You know you're having the problem when Firewire drives immediately spin down after powering up (or don't spin up at all).

    Congratulations to Apple for not stepping up and fixing this glaring problem.

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