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HD-CEIU@ I am having trouble plugging in the firewire adaptor into the port on the drive station. I have the HD-CEIU2. It has always been a little tricky plugging it in- but, now it just does not seem to fit. Same plug that has always fit in there. And, all that I did was just unplug the firewire. When I tried to plug it back in- it just wouldn't fit. Certainly a low tech problem- but it has me stomped. I know that I was not rough in unplugging it- rough enough to to ruin the input. By the way, if you do not have a solution- Does anyone have any idea how much money it would cost to replace the port on this unit? Unfortunately, finances are a concern for me. I bought the unit for $100. Thanks in advance for any help you may provide.

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Did you check if the Firewire cable is causing the issue? You can try changing the Firewire or iLINK cable and check if the same issue persists.

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