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Vista and firewire 1394?

I have been reading that Vista does not support 1394 firewire? I am trying to hook up my video camera to capture and Vista does not see the camera attached to the 1394 port. How can I get Vista to see it? I purchased a 1394 4 pin firewire (camera)/ USB to attempt to download video from my camera's Mini DV tapes. my computer is new and only has USB ports. I turn on camera in play mode plug in and camera says DV IN computer says USB device not recognized one of the usb devices attached to this computer has malfuncioned windows does not recognize it OS Vista Home Premium running windows movie maker Any help would be appreciated Thank you

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  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2008

    i have a regular firewire cable no funny adapters or anything and my vista run pc will not recognize it. canon says it doesnt need a driver.. Vista says it does. WTF?

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    cannot download the tape

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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.

Also, when the camera says "DV IN", it's expecting video from the PC to be sent to it, it's not in capture mode. Most camcorders must be in either "play" mode, or a special "link to PC" mode in order to even be recognized by Windows (any version) as a video input device.

However, until you resolve the issue of supporting your Firewire device in Vista, nothing the camcorder does will be an issue yet. You should check the documentation that came with your USB to Firewire device, the driver disc, etc. for information on Vista support.

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