iBook USB Port Not Working?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by zflauaus, Apr 20, 2007.

  1. zflauaus macrumors 65816

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    I'm having a bit of a problem guys. I always have something plugged into my USB ports on my iBook when it's at my desk, which is usually my USB hub. Everytime I plug my iPod Shuffle into the back USB port, the one closer to the FireWire port, my USB closet to the monitor port goes wonky. The external mouse slows down to where it's not smooth anymore and access to my external hard drive is gone. It's like when I plug in my iPod Shuffle in, it kills the back USB, but makes the front one go really slow.

    I have zapped the PRAM, but not the Power Management. I don't think that would do it. Is this a case for AppleCare?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You might be taking too much power from the system bus. Is the machine plugged into the adaptor?
     
  3. zflauaus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yes, it is. Do you think I'd need to plug the USB hub into the wall? Because if I do, I need to do some power rearranging.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Maybe... Does it have a cable to get plugged in? USB is pretty rotten when it comes to power management, unfortunately. :(
     
  5. zflauaus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, it has a power adapter that came with it, I just never used it. I'll try it and restart and tell you the results in about 5 minutes.
     
  6. zflauaus thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Everything's working great now that I plugged the hub into the wall. It still takes my Lacie drive five minutes to recognize and mount, but oh well. It works and I'm happy.

    Thanks madjew!
     
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