Everything that you suggested I have checked... Apart from plugging in another firewire device to my i8500. That I will try as soon as I find someone with one that I can test easily... [most of my mates use the Mac] Actually I could try my scanner... I'll see what happens...and get back. Cheers.
Try your hard disk with another PC using the firewire connection or test another firewire device with your notebook. That way you can more precisely locate the problem. I have an external firewire drive and it should indeed be recognized immediately when connected.
Because the Device Manager is "seeing" the unit, it sounds like it's being connected. However, with the yellow ? it shows that is some type of problem. What does the Device Manager list as the problem with the drive? Also, was the drive pre-formatted and set up for use?
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