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I have just bought this camcorder 2nd hand and want to connect it to my laptop. it came with a DV cable, but it does not fit into my laptop as a only have a USB port. can anyone help please?

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You may need what's called a 'firewire' port, which was the transfer port of choice for most DV models of the time.

My contact at the local RadioShack advised me that a DV-to-USB cable might work to allow transfers since firewire isn't really supported these days. I've not tested it myself though. The cable should cost less than $20.00... and if you're careful with the packaging, you could always return it if it proves useless.

HOWEVER, this is what you may need to allow correct transfer from the cam to the laptop:

http://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-SBT-PCA4-Firewire-CardBus-Adapter/dp/B0007UY662/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1252477568&sr=8-7

Check, first, to make sure that the pc-end of the cable is, in fact, a firewire connector.

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