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Sony Handicam DCR-HC40E not getting recognised by Vista

I am connecting my handycam to my laptop via firewire but vista does not reconise it - any ideas anyone?

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  • alfmeek Apr 14, 2008


    I suffer the problem that my Sony Handycam DCR-HC40E can't connect to my computer with windows Vista, via firewire. I presume the cause to be lacking proper driver for Vista. I know that the camera, firewire-cord and its reciever in my computer functions. My firewire cord is newly replaced by a new to check if that was the problem. Transfering movie-clips to my second computer (with Windows XP) causes no problem, but this computer have problems with burning useful DVD's.

    Please notefy me when such driver is ready, and where I can download it. My e-mail adress is:

    Alf I. Löhr Meek

  • Anonymous Apr 25, 2008

    vista does not recognise my dcr-hc40e please help

  • alnirala Apr 26, 2008

    I am connecting my Sony handycam model DCR-HC40E to my laptop via USB cable but vista does not reconise it - Please send the solution and software for sloving this problem?

    my email address:


    Yours Faithfully

    A L Nirala

  • Anonymous May 03, 2008

    My sony dcr-hc40e is not recognizable by vista. there are no drivers. please help

  • Anonymous May 11, 2008

    I´m from spain and I´ve the same problem. Only I need the drivers for windows vista.

    Here my e-mail adrees thank you

  • Anonymous May 31, 2008

    hi,same problem with vista,same camera!

    please help


  • Anonymous Aug 08, 2008

    Before Vista was (automaticaly) updated I had no problems what so ever. Now It tries to find drivers for DCR-HC30.

  • panmih Aug 18, 2008


    Vista driver needed for Sony DCR HC-40

  • dipsyashy Aug 26, 2008

    My Sony DCR-HC40E camcorder is not being recognised by my Laptop having Windows Vista Business OS, THROUGH FIREWIRE.

  • igzsu Feb 26, 2009

    I am hungarian poor english excuse !

    I want to copy from sony DCR-HC40E kazett to my COMPUTER, i have kabel , but doesn't work ...............
    thanks Suzy



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I found a solution installing the generic Sony USB driver in Vista Ultimate using compatibility mode (Windows XP SP2).

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    robert_rainf May 30, 2012

    Where can you this generic USB driver? I can only download the SPUdownlioad manager from the sony site, and cannot get the correct driver from the download manager because the camera is not recognised. Can you add a link to where I can DL this please?


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I've got the same problem wirth the same camera, I need help! please, help me!

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I've just bought a new computer for video editing, I'm aware that this model DCR-HC40E does not run under vista. Question is, is there a driver that actually be able to drive this?
If so please link me the site. Or is there any other solution.

Your Help is very much appreciated.

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