10.4.10 or hardware problem?

blueprint1983

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 4, 2007
285
0
Missouri
I have a G4 Powerbook 12" with 1.25 gigs of ram and 1.5 mhz, 80 gig hd running on OSX 10.4.10

Anyways, my external hard-drives (1 Western Digital, 1 Seagate) and my soundcard won't mount on USB or Firewire.

The external hard-drives DO work on my pc.

I do get power from every port which leads me to believe it's a software issue. They just don't mount.

Any ideas on how to attack this?
 

nsbio

macrumors 6502a
Aug 8, 2006
634
0
NC
While the usb ports on a PB are powered, they are not powered well enough. This is a known problem with PPC apple laptops - their USB ports provide only the minimal legally allowed amount of power and not an iota more. Some USB drives require that iota, unfortunately.


A solution is to try to use a powered USB hub.
 

blueprint1983

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Sep 4, 2007
285
0
Missouri
Also, the external devices are also powered through it's own external power supply yet the laptop is still not mounting.