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I cannot play any videos on my windows Vista-running PC

I need urgent help, just bought this camcorder and have a new PC which runs Vista (quite powerful). The software that came with the camcorder does not work, but I've tried a number of other software packages to open the videos from by camcorder and every single one crashes and closes. I've tried recording a video with lesser quality, but when I try to open in another software and the same happens. I've tried with Windows media player but it crashes and closes. I need help. Thanks

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Firewire works fine under Vista, but it's quite possible your USB to Firewire bridge doesn't have proper Vista drivers. You wouldn't expect Vista to include these, they would be installed from a disc that came with your adaptor. USB to Firewire is a questionable option at best... there are often problems with it. You may be better off with a PC-Card or ExpressCard solution, if the laptop is your only computer.

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