Fixing Mac Pro 2008 USB ports?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by violetpaper, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. violetpaper macrumors newbie

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    The USB ports on my 2008 Mac Pro work for using my keyboard, mouse, and Wacom tablet... but none of them will work for devises that require data transfer, like a e-reader, ipod, or usb drive. The computer doesn't even recognize them when they're plugged in.

    I'm considering buying a card with additional USB ports, like this:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Sonnet Technologies/USB2E/

    Do you think that's likely to work?

    Is there anything else you would suggest that might fix the problem?
     
  2. brand macrumors 601

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    Test the ports outside of the currently installed operating system. By that I mean install Mac OS on a different drive or boot to a Linux live disc and see if the issue persists.
     
  3. m4v3r1ck macrumors 68020

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    Besides OS issues, you could try using a power-juiced USB hub.

    GL & Cheers
     
  4. NOTNlCE macrumors 6502a

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    +1 to both the above responses. I can safely vouch for the functionality of that Sonnet card - I installed it in a client's system just a few weeks ago. The price is well worth the functionality, in my opinion. I would even install it in mine if it didn't mean sacrificing a PCIe slot, but I suppose that's what hubs are for. Good luck with your testing. I would try the Linux Live method first.
    -N
     
  5. flowrider, Apr 27, 2014
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    flowrider macrumors 603

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  6. 666sheep macrumors 68040

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    Start from SMC and PRAM resets, if you didn't. It's costless ;)
     

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