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1394 firewire port is not capturing any video

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  • robster_WA Nov 09, 2008

    Sony DCR-TRV320, Windows Vista does not recognize any input although Firewire IEEE 1394 is connected.  Can anyone solve this???   This is on an HP Multimedia PC.



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It may just need to be re installed to get it running again, go to my computer icon, right click>properties>hardware tab>device manager and look down the harware list for IEE1394 firewire, if there are no '!' mark or 'red X' then right click on it and delete. Restart your pc and it will auto install again. Try capturing video again.

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