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When I connect the camera with a firewire cable there is no response

My computer does not respond when I connect the GR-DV3 to it with a firewire cable. I can play footage back on the camera and there is still no activity in my editing program. When I connect my sony mini-dv camera, the computer automatically recognizes it. Is something wrong with the JVC camera?

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Have not verified yet, but manual suggests that unit must be plugged into DC power to use the ieee 1394 link

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