Help: New WD Ext HDD detected by iBook but not Powerbook

Discussion in 'MacBook Air, MacBook & MacBook Pro' started by berniedd, Oct 31, 2009.

  1. berniedd

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    New external hard drive (320 GB, My Passport model) came formatted in FAT32. My 800 MHz iBook running Tiger (10.4) detects it well, but a newer Powerbook 1.5 GHz running Leopard cannot. Both are rated USB 2.0. What gives?
     
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    the usb of the your powerbook is under-powered. try to connect into another usb port or use the usb Y cable:

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    I agree. Nice visuals.
     
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    Huh? You'd think the newer Powerbook would have better specs for its USB ports than the older iBook... go figure. It's named Powerbook but actually has less, uhh, power.

    BTW I tried it in a friend's iBook G4 1.33 MHz running Tiger (10.4.11) and it's also not detected !!!
     
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    Yes, some of the USB ports of the older portables (not just Apple but other brands as well) have only one USB port that has enough power to run a portable HD. Have you tried plugging the external in the other USB ports of your Powerbook? Switch your usb plugs around and see if it works. :)
     
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    Yes, I've tried all the USB ports. None are up to par in the Powerbook.
     
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    Have you tried using a different cable? Had a similar problem a few weeks back. Problem went away with a different USB cable.
     
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    Not yet tried a new cable, since my iBook 800 MHz and a Dell Vista machine detected it well. I'm now looking for a USB Y-cable.
     
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    If you know anyone who owns the old SmartBro modem kit, the one with the flat ZTE modem, you might want to ask them. The kit came with a straight USB cable and a Y-Cable as well.
     
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    Does anyone here have such a cable for sale?
     

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