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Firewire problem I cannot get my JVC DV to work with my laptop. The DV comes with a firewire cable IEEE 1394 4-6 pin. It works with my desktop but the laptop is 4 pin IEEE 1394. I puchased a 4 pin IEEE1394 but the software on the laptop cannot find a device. Is this because DV needs to be 6 pin. Thanks Mark Green.

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It should work. Laptops have a 4pin connection. There is a video on how to specifically connect digital cameras to laptops using 4pin to 4 pin IEEE 1394 cable. So it should work... The video is on www.HandBookLive.com under Electronics category. It doesn't cover the software because all softwares would be different, but you can see that it uses 4 pin to 4 pin. You can double check on this site though.

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