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Removing firewire cable from MBP 13" 6/09


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Can I remove the firewire cable from the Mac with power still on, or do I need to turn the computer off? I've already removed it once and detected a burning smell from the cable connector. Has me a bit concerned. Thanks.
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What was the cable connected to...it wasn't Sony camcorder was it?
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Panasonic PV GS150 camcorder. Worked fine transferring. Just the electrical smell when I unplugged from the Mac. Has worked fine since. Just wondering if I need to shutdown before unplugging. I understand that the firewire can be plugged in when the machine is already ON.
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You shouldn't need to turn off - I don't with my Sony PDx-10. However, they are a few issues with certain Sony, Panasonic and Canon camcorders having their ports burnt out while using firewire. Maybe have a search on the web about your model number to see if it's affected.
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Firewire is Hot swappable but i think always a good plan to right click and choose Eject before unplugging.
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