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Ask Max: Can I repair a broken iBook Firewire port?

Asked on 09/10/2009:


1. What is the best way to repair a broken Firewire 400 jack on my iBook G4 laptop?

2. Without Firewire, is there any way to connect an external disk drive to control my laptop?


- Ken


The FIrewire port is part of your logic-board, so replacing the logic-board would be the standard way to fix that problem. At this point the repair would cost more than your Apple computer is worth. You still have a USB port on your iBook and USB 2.0 is a fine way to connect external drives. Many drives are available with USB 2.0 connections. Lacie USB drives are very popular and would fit the bill.

- Jacob

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