Greetings Everyone!

I've been trying to access a HDD via Firewire and can't seem to get it up and running.
Here is some config info:
- Dell Precision M4600 (has 1394 connector), running Ubuntu Studio 12.04 - 3.2.0-30-generic-pae #48-Ubuntu SMP

- lsmod command shows:
firewire_ohci 40172 1 firewire_ohci
firewire_core 56906 1 firewire_core

- ls -l /dev/sd* shows:
... /dev/sda
... /dev/sda1
... /dev/sda2
... /dev/sda5

- ls -l /dev/dsk/by-id :
only lists the above shown system disk and DVD reader

- ps -ef shows:
root ... [firewire]
root ... [firegl]
root ... [firegl]
root ... [firegl]

- dmesg shows that device fw0 has been created. But
od -c /dev/fw0 produces no output when HDD is attached and powered up
(yes, /dev/fw0 is readable - chmod 644 /dev/fw0)

So... At this point I'm wondering if the dang FireWire port is even working.
Any ideas of how I might confirm that it is indeed conf'd properly in the OS
to handle HDD and to monitor I/O across that interface???

Thanks much, in advance!!!