MBP Firewire-Printer problems

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stemi, Sep 14, 2009.

  1. stemi macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2009
    Hi there,
    I have a 15" MBP and am now having trouble discovering my printer on it. I have the printer connected to my iomega powered hard drive which in turn connects to my MBP via firewire 800. Earlier the printer was working fine when the iomega was connected via a USB port. BUt im short on USB ports (one goes to my Companion 5 speakers and the second to a 2nd display besides the mini DVI display) hence need to connect via firewire.
    HAs anyone experienced this? ANy suggestions? please help.
  2. gorn macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    I assume your printer is a USB printer and you are trying to daisy-chain it to the Mac via firewire? That is not going to work. Firewire devices can be daisy changed to each other, but cannot translate USB into Firewire. Even if they could, you would have to have a printer driver that could speak firewire.

    A USB hub should be able to fix your lack of USB ports problem.

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