Firewire Issue

Discussion in 'iMac' started by TheBeef43, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. TheBeef43 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2012
    So after trying ever solution I can find on the internet, I am finally breaking down and posting this in hopes of a solution I couldn't find.

    In advance, I appreciate anyone who is willing to help me with this.

    Whenever Mountain Lion came out, I upgraded to it. However, I found very quickly that Logic Pro 9 and ML did not get along. After searching around, I found that this was a common problem and that the only thing to do was to downgrade again. As we all know, that is no easy task, however, I finally found a way and was back on Lion again, and Logic worked great again.

    The problem is, somehow when I downgraded, my Firewire port stopped working. It wont recognize my Hardrives that I plug in. It worked when I was originally on Lion and it worked for my short time on ML, but after the downgrade, it was no more. I found it hard to believe that the port went out completely since everything I was doing was on a software level. Over the last yearish, I have tried many solutions to this, including:

    Restarting the computer
    Power Cycling the computer
    Plugging in different harddrives (I have a Portable Lacie 500GB, and a 2TB G-Drive)
    Trying different Firewire cables
    Resetting the PRAM
    Resetting SMC

    My friend who works at SimplyMac even gave the official apple diagnostic disc that they use to find problems on computers. Not one test failed.

    So I am out of ideas, and would love if someone knew of anything else. I dont want to accept that my firewire port went bad during the downgrade since it just seems completely illogical, but I am about there.

    I have last years iMac, not the newest one.

    Model # MC813
    16GB RAM
    1TB HD
    Intel i5

    Thanks you very much for any help you can provide, even if it is a confirmation that my firewire port is in fact shot.

    One last thought that occurred to me while writing this. My iMac has 2 thunderbolt/minidisplay ports on it. What I am wondering is, are these actually functional thunderbolt ports, or do they only work as mini display? And if they are thunderbolt, can I get a thunderbolt to firewire adaptor and solve all my problems that way?
  2. mcpix macrumors regular

    May 13, 2005
    I use a Thunderbolt to firewire converter with my sony video converter and it works fine. I have read that some accessories that are bus powered may not work, so hopefully your hard drives have external power supplies.
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Here's something to try (and report back on):

    - Power down and disconnect all firewire devices

    - Power-on, let Mac get to the finder

    - In the Utilities folder, launch "System Profiler"/"System Information" (they've changed the name in Mountain Lion)

    - On the left, click "firewire"

    What does it tell you on the right?
  4. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    To expand on what Fishrrman started to recommend: be sure to unplug your Mac and drives from AC power (if a desktop), or the AC adapter if a laptop.

    Leave everything unplugged for at least 5 minutes.

    This will likely reset your FireWire ports. In addition to protection, when connection to the AC mains the FireWire ports still receive some power to part of the circuitry. Removing all power sources permits the ports to reset.

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