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Repair firewire Sony HDR-HC3

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I have a HDR-HC3 and I had the same problem too... This model has ALOT of problems with transferring files and I need to pay $90 to get it repaired... Try it on a Mac, if iMovie cant pick it up it means you have a firewire problem.

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We have Handycam HDR-HC3. Our old PC worked well importing videos, but eventually died, and we upgraded, but didn't check new pc didn't have Firewire. We have a spare Vista PC which has Firewire socket,...

I searched under HDR-HC3 firewire driver and got the above link.

It says the following:


The problem was a missing MSDV.SYS file.

Actually, on the Sony site it says that no additional drivers are required to connect the camera in Windows XP, Vista, or 7.

But, the user of this camera and firewire noted that he was having trouble convincing windows of this.
Another link that talks about the firewire problem follows:
You can find more links by searching under 'HDR-HC3 firewire driver' or related searches to find the solution to your problem.

I hope this helps.

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every time you open and close lcd pannel of camera there is a wire belt frome main circuit to lcd it brakes it is not a major problem but you can not do it at home. if you can see picture in view finder, take it to authorised service centre.

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humm, interesting.... You need proper service manual to open n repair this expensive camera. Service manual is available on charge basis.

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Hello, yes I am aware of that problem. Basically one should change the so called VC441 Board. Luckily PAL version has almost twice cheaper VC441 board then the US version. For my account about 300 Euro. So, in order to repair the camcorder above mentioned board has to be replaced. If you need more info please advice.

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