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A possible fix for misbehaving FireWire devices
Authored by: greengeek on Apr 17, '06 07:28:20AM

Firewire ports are actually rather fragile. A static discharge, shorted cable, cable plugged in backwards (easier than it sounds) or even just a sharp yank on the cable can damage the port. Most often a hardware failure will result in the actual data interface on the port (or possibly bus) going up in smoke. Had a few ports on a cheap multi-port PCI card fail like this.

The poster's case sounds more like the supplied power from the port was either too low or not present at all.

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