iSight + iPod + iMac G5 Problems

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Fump, Sep 21, 2004.

  1. Fump macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    My iMac g5 finally arrived. I ordered it with an iSight camera, but when I connect both the iSight and iPod 3g both connected via firewire, things get a little odd.

    Sometimes the camera will not work, sometimes the iPod will not be detected, then 20min later will pop up for no good reason. If you replug on it will be detected, for a short time.

    I have seen a few posts around about this issue and I guess my question is, is this related to power? Would an external powered firewire hub fix this issue?
  2. pncc macrumors regular

    Jul 23, 2002
    That is likely the issue. The developer specs for the iMac clearly state that the FireWire bus has a maximum 8.5 watts of power shared among ALL FireWire ports. This is LAME and a serious limitation IMO. Why Apple continues to make great products with flaws like this I will never understand.
  3. Edot macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2002
    had the same problem

    You can only have one plugged in at a time. I don't think there is any way around it.
  4. t300 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2004
    What's wrong with the USB 2.0 connection? Unless you don't have the cable...
  5. jackieonasses macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2004
    the great OKLAHOMA....
    maybe the external powered device WOULD work?
  6. pdpfilms macrumors 68020


    Jun 29, 2004
    I have the same issue with my PM G5, and always have. However, the ports in conflict are the front and back firewire 400's. I'd assume they were on separate busses...but maybe not. Also, instead of having problems with an iSight and an iPod, it's an iPod and a DV camera....which doesn't need to draw much power (if any) to run. So when I unplug my camera, my iPod syncs up, and vice versa. Very frustrating.
  7. FuzzyBallz macrumors 6502a


    May 2, 2003
    Home of Al-Qaida
    My thoughts exactly. FireWire for iSight, USB 2.0 for iPod, problem solved. USB 2.0 is actually faster than FW400 for my Canon scanner.
  8. Fump thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Well I picked up a Macally USB2.0/Firewire powered hub last night and plugged the iSight into the iMac along with the hub. I'm running an iPod and Sony DV cam off the hub with no issues.

    I could have gone with the USB cable, but I keep that one with me for syncing my mini to a Windows laptop, and didn't want to keep having to swap dock cables.
  9. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    The iSight + iPod problem is common among ALL Mac models, not just the iMac.

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