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Inspiron 1501 - connecting my Hitachi VM-D865LE video camera

Inspiron 1501 - connecting my Hitachi VM-D865LE video cameraCan somebody out there please assist me - I purchased a ''Best Connectivity''Firewire 1394A express card (34mm) which apparently is compliant withIEEE1394-1995 & 1394A- 2000 standard (T1 X102200 - 2X 1394A) which the computer refused to recognise - I tried the adding new hardware system but still nothing - the I even tried powering the card with a seperate supply but still dead - really getting miffed now because I want to burn some disks and this has been going on for months -initially I returned the card to the supplier (I security marked itbefore I posted it ) and they replaced it for me having checked it was working before they sent it - (I do believe they did because the sealed package had been opened) - what am I doing wrong ? is there a better express card more compatable with the Inspiron 1501 - or would I be better off dumping this Dell heap and going back to another Toshiba ? -

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  • dewisant123 Feb 09, 2009

    I cannot even get the express card to be recognised

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  • dewisant123 Feb 10, 2009

    there is no software with it - it just plugs into the puter and the puter should recognise it - but it does not - unless is it listed as an MPT device ?? thats the only thing there I dont know what it is


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Did you make sure thw cam is compatible with your operating system

make sure while installing software cam is unplugged until asked to plug it in or on a restart if you have done all this then
i want to go to they should have your cam type and download your cam from there
see if that helped
if this deos not help please let me know and don't forget to rate me

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  • DEKR
    DEKR Feb 09, 2009

    your still having problems

  • DEKR
    DEKR Feb 09, 2009


    after u install the software can you see the driver in device manager

    if so and you see a ? or ! click and try to update

    if that did'nt help then do a win update let me know any error messages you get

    and what operating system did you say you are running

  • DEKR
    DEKR Feb 10, 2009

    Do you have it turned on

    make sure it's compatible with your operating system

    also make sure you don't have to download another program for it to work.

    Please read all your info that came with your procuct

    I would contact the company foer further assistance


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