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Cant connect to PC

I have a firewire cable plug it in to the camcorder plug the other end into my sony vaio running XP SP2. I keep getting a windows message asking for drivers. Where do i get the driver or how can i get this to work with my sony vaio?

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I have the same problem. Windows indicates that it sees the camera and for some unknown reason to me it refuses to install the drivers.

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Here is Panasonic's support site. You should be able to find it there.

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