FW400 port does not recognize any peripherals

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pandabearjohnso, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. pandabearjohnso macrumors member


    May 27, 2009
    I recently bought a used (early 2008) MBPro 15" 2.5 SR to do some video editing. Unfortunately it will not recognize my Sony DV camera, or an external HD connected via FW400 or my 12" PB booted in target disk mode. The camera and the hard drive both mount instantly on my 12" PB and a friends 15" PB.

    Also, when I check the Firewire status under System Profiler all it says is:
    Warning: Unable to list FireWire devices (in red).
    This is regardless of what is connected to the port or if nothing is connected to the port.

    I have tried rebooting the PRAM and changing the Firewire port's network preference to OFF as recommended by this post:

    Any last ideas before taking the machine into Apple?
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    Does the FW800 port still work?

    I had a similar issue with an older PowerMac G4, which wouldn't recognise one device, sometimes System Profiler would even hang when selecting Firewire there. The only solution was not using that device.

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