Posted by | September 16, 2008 | General, Technology | No Comments

So my firewire ports have been giving me tons of trouble recently. External HD’s not being recognized, the whole nine yards. So I come in tonight and absolutely nothing fire-wire related works. I probably should mention now that I’m using an external card for firewire. I try all my tricks: unplugging, power cycling, restarting. Finally, I look in the device manager to see if maybe the latest windows update changed something while i wasn’t looking (cause sometimes I just don’t pay attention to whatever the automatic update runs past me).

Lo and behold, I see an error message! IEEE 1394 Bus host controllers… VIA… This device cannot start. (Code 10). ZOMG, not CODE 10?!?!?! Nooooooooo! But hey, now I know that the device cannot start… meaning that the problem is probably with the device itself. So I pull it out of the PCMCIA slot and give it a thorough(sp?) looking over. Turns out there’s a little bit of dust and hair jammed into one of the pinholes. I get a needle and pull it out. It’s really packed in there. I give the slot a blast of compressed air to clear out any more dirt/hair and viola, my HD’s are all back up and running.

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