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Questions tagged [firewire]

FireWire (IEEE 1394) is an interface standard for a serial bus for high-speed communications and isochronous real-time data transfer. It was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s by Apple.

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How do I connect a Macbook early 2011 to a Sony trv 340 via Firewire

I have a Sony trv 340, and need to firewire from the cam to my Macbook, but have no idea what is need for the Mac. Do I need a male end or a female to go to the laptop? I have no idea what I’m looking ...
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How to use DV IEEE1394 to USB cable to import from camcorder

I purchased a DV to USB cable thinking that I would be able to import the videos from my old camcorder. Unfortunately when I connect the cable from the camera to my 2010 and 2015 iMacs, none work. Did ...
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How to connect an iMac 2011 to an HDMI laptop?

I have a 2011 iMac with one Thunderbolt 1 port and one FireWire port. Is there a way to use one of those ports to connect the iMac to an HDMI laptop so that it can be used as an external display? ...
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Can I use target disk mode using an USB 2.0 to Firewire cable?

Since the graphics card of my MacBook Pro from early 2011 is broken I need to save my data per target disk mode. This could be easily done using a FireWire or a Thunderbolt cable. But my problem is ...
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Can Firewire 800 network interfaces be bonded?

I've got a few 2009 and 2010 Mac Pros and realized that the Firewire 800 ports are just sitting there going to waste. I currently use 2 bonded ethernet ports on an additional card to facilitate some ...
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Macbook Pro Retina 2013 Thunderbolt ports not working

I've run into a problem with my Thunderbolt ports on my Early 2013 Macbook Pro (Retina). Neither port will work. I have a genuine Apple Thunderbolt to Firewire 800 adapter and a Firewire 800 to 400 ...
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Can I attach a Thunderbolt-to-Firewire adapter and a Mini DisplayPort monitor to the same computer?

I have a 2013 MacBook Air with one Mini DisplayPort/Thunderbolt 1 port. Is there a way to connect both an LED Cinema Display and my old Firewire accessories to this port?
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Why would plugging in my iPod Mini via FireWire hard crash my Mac running High Sierra?

I have a MacPro3,1 that I've recently upgraded to High Sierra using the patch. I also still use an older 1st gen 64GB iPod Mini (yes, upgraded) that I've always connected to the machine via the ...
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Can an eMac boot from a USB optical drive connected via a FireWire adapter?

I've got an eMac that's mostly working (running Tiger, plus a selection of other nice software), but has a broken optical drive. I have a spare USB optical drive lying around, and it works for most ...
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Time Machine Backup via another Mac? [closed]

Since I have broken Permissions, which can't be fixed now, because my sudo is broken too, I want to create a Time Machine Backup. Now the problem: both of my USB-Ports are broken. After some research ...
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Prevent iMac from powering down TB3 port when it goes to sleep?

I have a FW400 audio interface connected to my '17 iMac via some adapters and the TB3 port on the computer. When the iMac goes to sleep it's apparently powering down the TB3 port which in turn powers ...
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Diff over large subdirectories fails

I'm comparing two large directories on two different external FireWire 800 disks using diff -r /path/to/directory1 /path/to/directory2 The size of the directory (and its subdirectories) on one ...
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How to clean install Mac OS X on an iMac G5 with new HDD?

I have bought an old iMac G5 (A1145, iSight 20") from a friend and there was no OS installed on it. So now I want to make a clean/new OS X installation. I created an install USB (with Tiger 10.4.6) ...
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Installing Mavericks 10.9.4

I have a 2011 MBP that I use as a studio computer, with it I use an archaic Mbox2 Pro soundcard with Firewire. The drivers for the soundcard are compatible with Mavericks 10.9.4 (the one in App store ...
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Is Thunderbolt on the same bus as FireWire and Ethernet on a late 2012 Mac Mini

I use a late 2012 Mac Mini as a music server. My expensive, external audio digital to analogue converter (DAC) was connected to the Mini by FireWire. After a lightning strike the Mac Mini FireWire and ...
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How can I see what ports my hard drives are connected to?

2011 iMac running Mavericks I have a number of hard drives on my machine, including a standard internal drive, an external SSD on Thunderbolt, a standard external drive on thunderbolt, a standard ...
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Can you boot an internal HDD with OS X as an external drive on another Macbook?

I have a broken 15" 2011 Macbook Pro and am waiting for the replacement to arrive. (It'll be another week; I'm on an island and on a budget.) I know the HDD is fine, though. A friend is willing to ...
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Does it make sense to still use firewire?

I have a macbook pro 2012 non-retina which has firewire and a 2007 macbook (a white plastic one) which I use as a local server and it also has firewire. In addition to that I have my desktop PC which ...
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Direct USB-to-USB networking?

Is there an existent method, a driver, or some software that facilitates direct USB-to-USB networking in macOS similar to FireWire-to-Firewire ethernet or the new Thunderbolt-to-Thunderbolt ethernet ...
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Why OS X never ejects drives before shutdown or suspend mode?

I have this problem since Lion if I am not mistaken. If a leave an USB or even my FireWire (backup) HDD connected OS X does not eject the drives before shutting down or entering suspend mode. Why? I ...
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Mac Pro early 2009 FireWire problems

I have an early 2009 Mac Pro and a FireWire audio interface that I haven't used in a couple of years. I just plugged it in to the Mac and nothing happens. The device doesn't get power, and even if I ...
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How to display non-DV video signal with Firewire input?

Is there any way to get the video signal output from a Displayport (mDP) or Thunderbolt (1 / 2) socket into a Firewire (FW800, IEEE 1394) input? What cables, adapters and drivers or other software ...
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Setting Up Ecler Evo 5, MPC 5000 and Pro Tools 12

I'm trying to set up the Ecler Evo 5 to read the Akai MPC 5000 via MIDI, and Pro Tools 12 to read the Ecler Evo 5 via FireWire. If anyone has a similar set up and knows the way to make these ...
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FireWire to Thunderbolt Adapter

I would like to connect a third display to my Mac Mini Late 2012. Since I'm already using the HDMI and Thunderbolt I'll have to use something else. I read in a couple of forums that you can connect ...
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How to run a Tiger 10.4.11 virtual machine?

I need to access some .omf files, which were originally created in an old version of AVID DV. As far as I know, this software only ran on Tiger PPC Macs. The PowerMac PPC G5 I originally used is on it'...
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Issues using Firewire sound card with Thunderbolt adapter

I was using a Saffire Pro 40 card on a macbook via FireWire. I now need to use it on a mac mini and it only has Thunderbolt ports and no Firewire. I've got a Firewire to Thunderbolt adapter and ...
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Can I daisy chain Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 to FireWire 400

If I had a FireWire 400 DVD drive connected (via a FireWire 400-800 cable) to a FireWire 800 hard drive that was then connected via a Thunderbolt to FireWire 800 adapter to a Thunderbolt hard drive, ...
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iMac Time Machine HDD and Internal HDD failed at same time

My 2008 iMac, which has been extremely reliable for several years now, began to show the spinning 'beach ball' one day, and then would become unresponsive. After a couple of forced reboots, the ...
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Use *Two* Thunderbolt/Firewire adapters on MacBook for 400 and 800 devices?

I'm completing an audio recording setup. Equipment: Macbook 13" Retina late 2012 with Two Thunderbolt ports One Focusrite Saffire audio interface (Firewire 400) One OWC Mercury external SSD drive (...
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Can I use Firewire or Thunderbolt cable with this hard drive dock?

I'm an external hard drive docking station: http://www.amazon.com/Thermaltake-BlacX-eSATA-Docking-Station/dp/B001A4HAFS/. I'm currently using the USB2.0 cable that comes with it. I wonder if I could ...
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I want to install Yosemite on a MacbookPro4,1 that has a broken firewire system

I have been able to run snow leopard by executing rm -rf /System/Library/Extensions/*Firewire* I think need to sneak this somewhere into the yosemite installer.. Or perhaps install yosemite with a ...
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13'' Mid-2012 Pro, can I use FireWire to VGA for a triple screen setup?

I have a mid-2012 13'' Macbook Pro. I'm currently using a Thunderbolt to VGA to use a second monitor. I'm feeling myself in need for a third monitor for my work. I was wondering if it was possible to ...
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Connect firewire MacMini to thunderbolt MacBook Pro

I have a MacMini that only has a firewire port, I want to connect it to my MacBook Pro via its thunderbolt port, can I do this so that I can then (using target mode) display my Mac mini on my macbook ...
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trying to get data off of a late 2008 macbook onto a brand new macbook pro

so I have an old macbook (late 2008 aluminum, running snow leopard). The display stopped working last week and since they told me they can't fix it, I've taken the opportunity to get a brand new ...
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iPad 3 as recording device - How to Connect Firewire 400 from a PreSonus device

Have: iPad 3 (Apple 30-pin connector) PreSonus Firestudio (firewire 400 output) How to connect them?
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Kernel panic on wake from sleep with firewire peripheral plugged in

I'm running OSX 10.9.2 on an old Macbook 5.2, 2.13Ghz C2d with 4 gigs of RAM. Everything is very smooth except for one very big annoyance - My mbox 2 pro has problems keeping up when waking up from ...
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How do I (re)mount missing Firewire drives? Why do they vanish?

I have several Firewire drives that occasionally "go missing" even though they are connected to my Mac and powered on (the power light is illuminated). These drives do not appear in Disk Utility or ...
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Installing OSX onto PPC using Intel Mac and Firewire

I have an old G5 PPC machine with no OS X installed. I have the installation disk. Unfortunateley there seems to be an issue with the G5 reading or accepting the data from the disk. I've tried ...
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Is it possible to re-route a Firewire DV Input as a webcam to use it in Google+ Hangouts?

I'm trying to use a Firewire DV input in a Google+ Hangout in order to do Hangouts on Air. Currently, it appears that Hangouts does not support DV inputs, which makes things difficult (essentially, ...
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Connect 2008 black MacBook to 2013 MBA via Thunderbolt / Firewire?

I am buying a new MacBook Air soon and am getting ready to transfer all of my data via migration assistant. I know this can run via wifi but that is way too slow. My MacBook has a FireWire port, which ...
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how to route traffic to other computer via firewire, everything else via wifi

I have two macbook pros connected via firewire. Both are also connected to wifi. How can I check that traffic between the two computers is going preferentially via firewire, but everything else goes ...
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What devices is the iPod to Firewire 400 adapter meant for, and for what purpose?

I have this adapter: Is it completely useless? I'm not quite sure what it is. I've had it for years.
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Broken PowerBook G4

My PowerBook G4 is broken and has been for a couple of months now. I owned it while it was working for about 1 and a half years. When it broke originally, I was restarting it after changing the boot ...
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How to tell a macmini to stop booting to Windows from a macbook pro?

I need to be able to control a mac mini without a screen and I think using screensharing would be enough. I've enabled screensharing, setup a manual IP address and I have an ethernet cable. The ...
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Firewire cable disconnected during Migration; process interrupted [duplicate]

this is my first post here but it seems like a helpful place. I got a used 2010 MacBook pro last weekend, and have had a hell of a time trying to transfer data from my older MBP via Migration ...
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USB vs FW400 for iMac G4 external backup drive?

I am setting up an old iMac G4 running Mac OS X 10.5.8 as a computer to back things up from my network. I.e. it uses SSHFS to mount network shares and back up their contents (about 120GB) to a ...
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How does FireWire daisy chaining work between two Macs?

After taking a look at this question Does Thunderbolt support a net topology like FireWire? I was wondering how FireWire works when it's daisy-chained with multiple devices between a Mac on each end ...
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Does Thunderbolt support a net topology like FireWire?

Does Thunderbolt support the same kind of network architecture that FireWire does? If you have a Mac with two FireWire ports, you can daisy-chain FireWire devices in a loop with the Mac at both ends ...
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Can I get S.M.A.R.T. support on external hard drives?

Disk Utility reports the S.M.A.R.T. Status as not verified for external disks, and by default Mac OS X only seems able to access S.M.A.R.T. information on internal hard drives. Is there a way to get ...
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Does daisy chaining FireWire 800 and 400 cause all devices to use 400 speeds?

I recently purchased a Drobo, and in looking over some online documentation, I encountered this support article which states: If a FireWire 400 device is also connected, it will pull down the ...