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Canon ZR850 The camera works just fine, the problem shows when I hook the camera to my coputer. My computer doesn't recognize the camera. I've checked my coputer and the camera just doesn't show up. I've tried every concievable hook up and nothing works. Do you have an solution to this problem.

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  • lesandben Nov 19, 2007

    even using the windows movie maker it said there's no camera

  • angieinva Dec 09, 2007

    I've tried everything as well with no results. :(

  • Anonymous Dec 27, 2007

    i hook up camera to my new apple imac ,computer will not reconize camera. how is the right way to hook up so can download movies to imac'

  • Anonymous Feb 25, 2008

    I hook up my camcorder ZR 850 to my computer but nothing happens

  • willow666 Mar 21, 2008

    I've got a Canon ZR850. My windows XP system won't recognize it. I've installed two new PCIs - a USB 2.0 & a Fire-wire... Still nothing. I've installed Studio DV, still nothing... I am now looking for some sculking driver to encourage the above additions to find the camers.

  • dalexander1 Mar 30, 2008

    My computer is not recognizing my Canon ZR850 when I plug it in via USB port. What should I do?

  • Anonymous Apr 04, 2008

    I can't belive such problem still get no anwer. I mean, this is not an discrete incident. It is a VERY specific and popular problem. What happens with Canon? Is it still the giant that used to make good video electronic or has become some kind of "One More of the Lot" orphan gadget maker?

  • JeffGo May 12, 2008

    Same thing. My computers (plural) will no longer recognize the ZR850. I have tried 2 machines, one with Vista 32 bit & 64, one with just 32 bit. I bought this camera because my Sony had exactly the same problem. The Canon worked for 9 months or so and now it's the same thing. :(

    I've tried numerous cables, 4-6 & 4-4 pin but no joy. I'll try an XP machine to see if that helps but in the past it didn't make a difference.

  • grenzebach Jan 30, 2009

    I hook up my camcorder ZR 850 to my computer but nothing happens

  • Tiger009 Apr 15, 2009

    I can not believe there is no solution for this problem. No has answer. Does anybody know "Why windows XP won't recognize Canon ZR850 through the firewire?" Anybody ever able to do this?

  • Tiger009 Apr 15, 2009

    Best Buy SUCKS.



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I DON'T have a solution. But I am very ******. i bought the camera specifically to ttake videos and transfer them to my computer for editing. I was told at Best Buy that this camera did this, my crappy Cannon ZR 850. They gave me the firewire to use and everything. But my computer does not recognize the camera. What a piece of junk.

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I was told by Best Buy I could use the USB to transfer video which is not the case, you have to get the firewire cable. To get the computer to recognize the camera (for still images not video) you have to have the memory card in the camera then hook up the USB.

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