My powerbook g4 won't recognize my external hd or my web cam but it recognizes my ipod.
I am renting a powerbook g4 from the college. I keep my files on an external hard drive, but the powerbook doesn't recognize it. It doesn't register with the latop at all. neither will my web cam. It does recognize my ipod. i am using the usb ports for all of these and have tried all the different usb ports. I don't know if it is a driver problem of what. If it help my external hd is a western digital and myweb cam is logitec.
If you could help sole my problem i would be very thankful.
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I am not really sure but i think the Camara and the External Hard Drive have to be compatible with Apple I think so you can use it. An IPOD is made by Apple so thats why your G4 recognizes it. I would just buy like a USB Drive. And also try to download the Drivers also and you can do that by google-ing it that sort of think. Anyways just use a windows based computer Bro its much more efficient. Let me know how it goes alright.
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click start control panel
administrive tools ,computer management ,device manager scroll down universal
serial bus controllers you should see a yellow question mark? right click to reinstall
drivers make sure the lead/s that
attach to this drive have a secure seating and are not bad/faulty the light on
only tells that its getting power it might not be getting enough power you
might test the lead/s or just replace the cable of
the hard disk, when you plugged the external disk drive you got that
windows could recognize the USB device change the cable everything should work
fine again, sometimes the wires inside the cable will be damaged due to bending
or stretching or placing heavy equipment upon the cable, hope this helps
I had this same issue. Found it to be a sequencing issue. Plug the USB into the router with the power off to the HDD. Power on the HDD and you should be able to get to it fine. Also make sure you have the latest firmware on the router.
If your Firelite SmartDisk was formatted for a PC, and you are using the Mac side of the G4 it won't. They use a different format scheme. Need to load Parallel, bootcamp, or another virtual PC program, and then Windows. Using that it will recognize it.
If you know another Mac user that is using both sides (Mac and Virtual PC) is a quick way to retrieve data to move it. Be careful reformatting the FireLite. There are some more complex ways. Hope that this helps.
PS: I use a 160GB FireLite on my G4, MacBook Pro as well as my Tower and notebook PCs.
The problem is that your powerbook G4 does not provide enough power to your 160gb passport HD. This does not happens to the new Macs with intel inside.
There are several ways to fix it:
1) Go to West Digital Website and buy a "Power Buster Cable USB" (that connect your 2 USB ports to your passport HD in order to provide more power). I think that it costs 10$. This is the link: http://www.wdc.com/en/products/accessories.asp?ProdID=170
2) The other solution is easier. If you have an external USB hard drive with two USB ports, or a DVD/CD burner with two usb ports, you can pug your passport in one of the ports while the other HD or DVD/CD burner is connected to you PowerBook. You will be able to see and use your q60gb Passport HD.
I would suspect a corrupted catalog file, these are the map that a comupter uses to find its way around the drive, they are also the first casualty when a crash corrupts something. Disc warrior will write a new catalog and fix everything. PCs do not see discs formatted for macs.
hey im the same person who just posted above. i went to WD's website, and it said unplug the hard drive from the computer, and unplug it from the power source. then plug it into the power outlet, wait for it to spin up, then plug it in via USB/Firewire, whatever. it worked for me, so hopefully it will work for you.
Did you have to format the external drive when you set it up on your G4? You'll probably have to format the drive with the computer you want to use it with. I have seen external hard drives unusable until formatted. I hope I'm wrong about this, and good luck.
Ok! This is bad, just like any HD when you start hearing noises clicking, vibrations, it is due to a loose or faulty cylinder. These things are not worth the repair and your files are lost. The only thing that you can do is try to hook this up to another PC to see if it will work long enought to extract the files. Keep in mind a lot of companies manufacture these devices, but there largest business is geared towards Microsoft customers, so if you have a Mac do not count on guarantees for these devices to function properly with your unit.