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Firewire stopped working after plugging into my PC

I plugged my Sony 24e camcorder into one computer and it woked perfectly, then plugged it into my newly built PC and it wouldn't work on firewire. Then when I plugged it into the first PC the firewire wouldn't work on that either. A friend brought his Canon camcorder around and it again worked ok on the original PC but failed to operate through the firewire on the new PC. I'm scared that I may have 'blown' the firewire on his camcorder. IOs this possible please?

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  • cobbersim Feb 21, 2009

    Sorry about being late in replying to the two replies I received regarding my problem but have been 'out of action for a few weeks. Will check my computers Firewire connections as soon as is possible. Many Thanks. Brian



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Hi and welcome to FixYa,

Offhand yes, a strong possibility but only if the firewire connector of the new PC has to be manually wired to the jacks on the motherboard (miswired). And an unlikely possibility if the firewire port of the new PC is on a PCI mounted card or built-in to the rear set of connectors. Of course another to check would be is it 4 or 6 pins Firewire port/connector.

Good luck and Thank you for using FixYa. Happy Holidays.

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Hi cobbersim,

While any port can eventually "wear out" over time, it sounds very unlikely that this is what's happening here. From what you've described, I suspect the issue is software-related.

Have you installed the software for your 24e camcorder on your newly-built PC? The driver for the camcorder is almost certainly required in order to operate the camcorder through the firewire connection. If you don't have the driver, you can download it at the following web address (for Windows XP):

This might also explain why your friend's Canon camcorder didn't work on your PC - you probably need the driver for his camera in order to operate it from your PC.

If you have the required driver, you might also check to be sure that the firewire connection on your PC is enabled and working properly:

1) Click Start > Control Panel > Performance and Maintenance > System.
2) On the Hardware tab, click Device Manager.
3) Click the "+" next to "IEEE 1394 Bus Host Controllers" (this is the technical name for firewire).
4) Right-click the controller that appears when the category is expanded and select Properties.
5) Verify that, in the "Device Status" pane, it says "This device is working properly."

If it's not, you may need to download a driver for this device. If it's working properly, but you still can't make the camera cooperate, please let me know what software you're trying to use with the camera (or if the camera is simply not recognized at all by your PC), and I'll be happy to offer more suggestions.

Kind regards,

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All computers and camcorders (as well as most pieces of electronic equipment) have what are known as ports. The purpose of a port is to act as a means of transmitting information from one source to another. For example, when you connect a camcorder to a television to watch the video, you are running a composite (also called RCA) cable from the camcorder�s composite-out port to the television�s composite-in port. In connecting a camcorder to a computer, you have at the present three basic scenarios.
1. Firewire
Firewire has become the de facto standard for transferring digital video from the camcorder to the computer and back again. The firewire standard was developed by Apple computer in 1985, and has achieved status with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers under the standard of IEEE-1394. It is also known i.Link on Sony products or just as "DV", short for Digitial video, on other models. All these terms refer to the same thing.
The basic procedure for connecting a camcorder to a computer with a firewire port is simple. Make sure your camcorder is running on AC power (ie., plugged into an outlet), and leave it off. Connect one end of the firewire cable to the camcorder�s DV port, and the other end to the firewire port on the computer. When the computer is on, turn on the camcorder. The computer should automatically recognize the camcorder.
Firewire is rightly promoted as having a bandwidth of 400 megabits per second; however, digital video being transferred from the camcorder uses very little of this bandwidth and you will still be capturing video in real-time. That is, if you want to transfer an hour of digital video to your computer, it will take an hour to transfer.
2. Analog video capture
If your camcorder doesn�t have a firewire port, or you for whatever reason you can�t or don�t want to use firewire, you have the option of capturing the analog video signal that comes out of the composite or S-video ports and digitizing it into a signal readable by the computer. There are a number of products out there that support this functionality, and many people claim that video captured with an analog process is actually better to work with for certain functions such as bluescreening. For the average home user however, firewire capture is much simpler and much less frustrating.
Analog video capture works by transforming the analog video signal with a hardware device into a digital signal that can be saved on computer. Raw, uncompressed video takes up a lot of space, so it�s compressed with a codec to make it easier to work with. Most of these devices use MJPEG (motion-JPEG) compression, but it is possible with some to use your own codecs, reduce frame rate, resolution or frame size, in order to save space. In this regard analog video capture is much more flexible than firewire capture; with firewire, you must capture at the standard 720x480 / 29.97 fps combination, which means your file sizes will be quite large and there�s nothing you can do about it.
Unfortunately, the success of analog video capture depends heavily on the stability and speed of your computer system. If you don�t have a stable and/or fast system, the video signal will not be transformed fast enough into digital, and you will drop frames. The frustrating part of analog video capture is that there are many variables which affect speed and stability, so even users with 800 mhz machines can see dropped frames and not be able to figure out how to fix it. With firewire capture, dropped frames are comparatively rare.
3. USB capture
More and more camcorders are coming equipped with a USB port. The only reason a USB port exists on a camcorder is to transfer still pictures, not video. The simple fact is that at the moment, USB doesn�t have enough bandwidth to transfer digital video.

hi,thaknx for asking fixya
there no problem don,t worry
well. the problem is in your data cable that you use connect to PC
replace your cable and try again if problem still.
then you mast reset you camcorder 1st and try
i am not sure but hopeful your problem will be solved

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I think if you exchange the firewire cards between the two PCs, it might solve your problem.

Posted on Dec 16, 2008

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    First check with the firewire cards if they are working properly. Go to your nearest service center to get a new firewire.


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