[rescue] G4 pricing

velociraptor velociraptor at gmail.com
Mon Aug 14 18:22:40 CDT 2006

On 8/14/06, Michael Parson <mparson at bl.org> wrote:
> Ugh.  If it just killed the FW, then at least you could get a card,
> which would take up a slot, but this effectively takes out two slots.
> :-/

Yep.  Kinda sucks, but at the time, the system was pretty cheap.

> > At the least, tote a FW/USB drive with you and see if you can test all
> > the ports.  From what I read the iSight cameras are particularly
> > notorious for blowing FW ports (use on an isolated FW hub if you must
> > use).
> Good to know.  Any idea why this is?  Camera draw too many amps?

I presume.  It's been a while since I read about it, but there's a lot
of reports about it.  Here's the info from Firewire Depot, though this
seems thinner on details than I recall.  They are one of the few
places that sell FW isolators that prevent powered devices from
sending too much power up the cable to the ports on the computer.


Maybe the other stuff I read was at www.xlr8yourmac.com; I'm having
trouble finding the info now.

I guess it's a combination of problems, some things drawing too much
power, like the iSight, and other things sending too much power, like
out-of-spec powered drive cannisters.


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