Topic: Apple/Fireface problem: Chipset identification on Mac Computers
FireWire connection problems with Apple computers:
1. TI chipsets (older iMacs, Macbook, Macbook Pro): no problems
2. LSI PCIe chipsets (newer and current iMacs, Macbook, Macbook Pro):
- FW643 (FW800, PCI ID 5901) and FW533 (FW400, PCI ID 5903) Revision 6: connection problems, stop after playback starts - solved with a FW repeater (e. g. Lindy cable, external Lacie FW HD)
- FW643 (FW800, PCI ID 5901) and FW533 (FW400, PCI ID 5903) Revision 7: no problems
Revision 7 Chipsets are also identified as: FW643E and FW533E.
The included chipset can be identified (partially) while pressing CMD + S during the boot signal ("Firewire (OHCI) Lucent ID 5901 built-in now active, ...") or via the console (see below).