firewire trouble

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by vidiot, Jan 26, 2008.

  1. vidiot macrumors newbie

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    Hello,

    All of a sudden, on my Intel Imac 2.0 ghz..(first generation of the intel version of imac) running Tiger 10.4.11 .. I have no firewire ports .. ( the 2 firewire 400 ports do not see any of my various external firewire drive, nor my video camera via firewire.. I have tried replacing all the cables, repaired permission of the system drive .. power down, reboot etc..
    Anyone have any suggestions??

    Thank You
    Mike M.
     
  2. rogair macrumors member

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    1. Reset the PRAM. Cmd+Option+P+R at startup.

    2. Test with another user account.

    3. Take it to an Apple store.
     
  3. McGiord, Jan 26, 2008
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    Check in your System Profiler what details you see for your Firewire ports.
    Check if any Apple Software update address that problem in the apple support website.
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  4. vidiot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the responses..No luck on a fix yet... I tried the reset PRAM .. Is there any way to tell that you actually did reset the PRAM?? Does it give you a message or some confirmation ???
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    Sytem profiler - when you click on Firewire.. here is what I see

    Firewire Bus:

    Maximum Speed: Up to 400 Mb./sec

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    I tried using a different user account.. no luck
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    Any other ideas??

    Mike M.
     
  5. MikeTheC Guest

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    When you hold down [CMD] + [OPT] + [P] + [R] on boot, you will hear the Mac power-on gong over and over.

    Now, conventional wisdom on PPC-based Macs was 3-5 recycles was required (depending on the school of thought you held), but since Apple's gone from whatever their probably proprietary BIOS-equivalent technology was to the industry standard EFI, I have no clue whatsoever what factors may or may not be in play.

    But to answer your question, the extra gonging is your confirmation.
     
  6. ccwasson macrumors newbie

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    Firewire trouble

    Hey Mike, Are you having any luck getting your Firewire working? I've been having the same problem. First I had an external hard drive not recognized with firewire. Now my scanner is having the same problem. I've tried all of things you have including changing ports, now cables, etc.. I will try the PRAM reset this evening.

    The hard drive and the scanner work just fine with USB but much slower than firewire. I would appreciate anything you learn that will help and I will pass on anything I learn.

    iMac G5 PowerPC OS 10.4.11
     
  7. McGiord, Mar 17, 2008
    Last edited: Jan 30, 2011

    McGiord macrumors 601

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    Perform a Apple Hardware Test and see what it says about your iMac.
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