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    Did i destroy my Firewire ports?!

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    Did i destroy my Firewire ports?!
    Hi,

    I'm worried that I have broken my firewire ports or something. Admittedly stupidly, I put the wrong power cable into my external firewire hard drive.

    The lead comes in two parts: a box shaped bit and lead that goes into the back of the drive, and then the power cable from the socket to the box shaped bit. It's this latter part i think may have been 10 watts over than it should have been. I smelled a burning but didn't realise the error until after i tried the drive in both firewire ports. I'm worried that it was coming from the ports...they're not working any more with any peripheral device I try.

    Any help or advice how I can try and test them is much appreciated.

    Kiearn

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    Did i destroy my Firewire ports?!
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    It sure does sound like it if neither of the ports are working. Have you tried a different Firewire device besides the external hard drive?
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    Did i destroy my Firewire ports?!

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    yeah i tried capturing from a video camera. still no dice. there's no error message on the firewire section of system preferences, just lists the bus speed.

    is it even feasible that i overpowered them with the wrong wattage?

    thanks for any help with this...

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    Did i destroy my Firewire ports?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kieranh View Post
    yeah i tried capturing from a video camera. still no dice. there's no error message on the firewire section of system preferences, just lists the bus speed.

    is it even feasible that i overpowered them with the wrong wattage?

    thanks for any help with this...
    Yes, it's possible - and seeing as you can't get either of them to work with multiple devices, I would say that's exactly what happened.
    Liquid and computers don't mix. It might seem simple, but we see an incredible amount of people post here about spills. Keep drinks and other liquids away from your expensive electronics!

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