Question about Sony Handycam DCR-VX2100 Mini DV Digital Camcorder

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Yes, it is in VCR Mode...

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 have the same problem using a 4 pin to 4 pin cable

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You need a 6 pin to 4 pin firewire cable, friend :) It should work with one of those.

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