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DSR-11 not recognized by FCP

For a year I had my Sony DSR-11 connected to my Power Mac G5 FCP system with no problems. I disconnected the deck for a week and when I reconnected it Final Cut didn't recognize the deck (no firewire device). I've changed wires, and ports with no luck, and the deck works fine in every other way. I plugged the deck into my firewire drive and it disconnected the drive from my system (device removal). Is this a deck setting? Is the Firewire port bad? any clues? Thank you in advance! -Tommy

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Re: DSR-11 not recognized by FCP

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Tech Friends - 
I recently got a non-sony tape stuck in my DSR-11 (bummer) and was forced to extricate it using the "my tape got stuck in the DSR - 11" article's method of removing the top cover and highest level of circuit board:

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