When I plug in my camera using an iLink (4 pin to USB), my PC does not recognize the device. Do I need a driver?
Comment by tooferone, posted on Apr 08, 2008
Yes, it is in VCR mode. FYI I have Windows XP Professional. I think maybe this version of Windows does not recognize the camera, or maybe because I'm using a 4 pin to USB firewire instead of a 4pin to 4pin. Any thoughts?
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I believe this camera has a firewire/iLink connector. Using a firewire cable will allow you to not only transfer videos, but will also let popular video editing software control your camera for ease of use!
As for the driver, your camera is specific to latin america. You might try to download this program which is a licensed sony product, but will be in spanish. It may have drivers built in, which will allow your pc to properly recognize your device in other programs.
The CD that came with the camcorder is not compatible with Windows 7. You have to go to Sony's site and get an update. See if the following link is useful:
I think USB streaming is not supported in Windows 7, so probably iLink is the only option available to you, which anyway is better than USB in terms of less frame drops and capture of DVD quality. The camera has 4 pin ilink port. Check whether you have 6-pin port or 4-pin port or both type of ports on your computers. Laptops generally have one 4-pin port. Desktops can have more than one iLink ports and can have both 6-pin and 4-pin. 4-pin port would look exactly like the one you have on your camcorder. You can find a photo of 6-pin ports at
If your both the computers have at least one port with same number of pins, then you can use one cable for transferring to both.
You will need an ilink cable with 4-pin male to connect to camcorder and either 6-pin male (http://cgi.ebay.in/4-Pin-6-Pin-DV-iLink-Cable-/400180203017?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item5d2c994e09)or 4-pin male (http://cgi.ebay.in/4-Pin-4-Pin-Firewire-IEEE1394-DV-iLink-Cable-/400180205113?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_203&hash=item5d2c995639) to connect to the computer side.
win vista and win 7doesn't support usb streaming. the usb driver for this model would not be compatible with your computer's OS. although, you were able to download PMB still this wouldn't work, it's basically an alternative software that you can use with the newer OS. still the device driver would not be installed. and you would get a message that "ilink connection is not detected". the reason you get that is bec the camcorder and the software is intended for use with the dv (ilink or ieee1394) connection. so if your computer has an ieee1394 card and you have a compatible ilink cable,then your good to go,it should be a plug-and-play connection (no drivers required). all you need then would be a video capturing software (like win moviemaker) to transfer videos from tape to PC. hope this helps. thanks :)
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.
You cannot connect a DV cable to a USB port. These are two incompatible standards. DV is also called Firewire, iLink or IEEE1394. You PC must have that kind of port for you to transfer your video from the ZR800 and you will need a DV (iLink/Firewire) cable. You cannot use USB cable they will not work. Check www.MyCableMart.com if you want an example.
Most new PC come with 1 or 2 iLink/Firewire/1394
If you PC does not have an iLink/Firewire/1394 port then you will need to install a iLink/Firewire/1394 card (see http://www.usbfirewire.com/Parts/rr-fw-byt.html) for more information.