Firewire & USB Drivers Freezing MBP

Discussion in 'macOS' started by proathlete03, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. proathlete03, Mar 20, 2011
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2011

    proathlete03 macrumors member

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    Macbook Pro Model 5,2
    2.8 Ghz running 10.6.6

    I installed some drivers a year or more ago for a Maxtor OneTouch III (an external hard drive).

    This includes:
    MaxtorPowSecDriver.kext
    IOFirewireMxBt.kext
    MxBtDaemon and associated StartupParameters.plist

    I have a feeling that these drivers are now not needed and causing severe system problems. I attempted to connect a backup drive to access some info (which I haven't done in a while) and noticed it consistently freezes the kernel. This is mainly a Firewire issue, but the USB port has shown some consistent problems also. I originally noticed the problem after 2 of 5 of my Maxtor drives (being used as a NAS through the iMac) were all plugged in, but started disappearing over time (drive just not showing). I thought the drives or their power adapters went bad, but then after fiddling with the power adapters was able to determine the drives themselves were not bad.

    I decided to plug in my MBP to use a different machine to further diagnose the problem. Thats when I realized there was a major non-drive problem. After I plug in the Maxtor OneTouch III drives into the MBP I am either a) forced to both reboot by holding the power button to shut it down or b) the drive does not show up at all, however the lights on the drive do blink. Again this is also occurring on an iMac that has the same Maxtor Intel Update drivers.

    I removed the drivers listed above, but am still having issues. I was able to snag a Macbook (non pro) and use a Firewire 400 cable. The drives immediately came up without hesitation. This machine has all stock drivers.

    Here's a link to the update that was applied:
    http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/maxtor/en_us/downloads/OTMacIntelUpdate.dmg

    Can anyone explain how to fix this without doing a complete reinstall of the :apple: OS? Also, does my diagnostic seem correct :)

    Thank you!
     
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502

    MacForScience

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    Are you using the one-touch junk. If not delete the added .kext files if you are sure those are the ones installed. (move them to the trash without emptying incase this doesn't work). Reboot and see if you can mount the drive.

    Files contained in your System/Library/Extensions folder

    Cheers
     
  3. proathlete03 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, Maxtor OneTouch III Turbo via Firewire.

    I can get the drive to mount when using a Macbook & USB, but it won't mount on the MBP or iMac. Worse, it freezes the OS which I've only seen in rare instances of OSX. The second the drive is unplugged its 50/50 as to if it will unfreeze.
     
  4. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Drivers not needed.

    Mount with MB and USB, verify / repair disk using disk utility.
     

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