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Dead Powerbook Firewire

The Firewire bus on my Powerbook is dead. Most annoying. But wait, because the story is longer and more complex than you might think…

Last week, I had brought my Powerbook into work, as I often do. At work I have a 800Mbps Firewire HDD that I use for ‘home burns down’ kind of backups. I usually plug it in when I arrive and have the scheduler take care of business around lunch time.

Meanwhile in another part of the building, Thor was having problems with his iPod. That in itself is a long and convoluted story, but suffice to say that his iPod was refusing to mount on his Powerbook, and thus he hauled it down to our floor. First Jeremy, who also has a Powerbook (we are legion), gave it a go, no dice. And then Thor came hoppin’ along to me. I tried various combinations, but I couldn’t mount it either. At one point I also rebooted, and when OS X came back up, I noticed that Tron (that’s my external HDD) was missing. Launching System Profiler, I could suddenly see that the Firewire Bus was acting weird…

And it was about that time I found out Jeremy’s Firewire bus was gone…

So. What’ve we got then? Three Powerbooks, all with dead firewire ports. Bugger. And after jumping through a couple of hoops (resetting the PRAM, leaving the battery out over night and so on), it seemed evident that it was beyond the brink.

Fitting as it is, that we’re a few days from my little titanium-clad baby’s birthday…

So barring any revolutionary solutions popping up in the next day, I’m going to give Apple a little call and have them send the nice UPS man to pick it up. Thor got his back in 3 days flat, and that is if nothing else, a slight comfort.

PS: Did I mention that my iPod also decided to die on me recently? Yep.