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Firewire on Inspiron - Connecting Canon MD 120 camcorder

My Dell Inspiron 1525 with Vista does not recognize the canon md 120 camcorder. The camcorder came with a 4 pin to 6 pin firewire cable. Since the Dell only has a 4 pin port - I bought a 4 pin to 4 pin firewire cable.

However my camcorder is still not recognized. Do you think I need to use the original cable (4 -6 pin) cable and a converter (6 pin to 4 pin)??

I've tried everything else! The camcorder came without any software CD/drivers. The canon website doesn't offer any drivers.

I'm at a loss. Any help appreciated!

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  • pigpen45 Dec 27, 2008

    I have the same camcorder that I'm trying to connect to a Dell INSPIRON 530s and I need advice on what which type of cable to use. I've gone through the computer manual and unless I'm missing something, I don't see DV (IEEE1394) terminal or a DV capture board.

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Browsing over the md120 specs, included should be a software disc for the usb connector, so it shouldn't matter whether you use an adapter or the 4 to 4 cable. This disc will have the drivers and software for using the camera in conjunction with your laptop. Have you tried this download for the camera.
http://software.canon-europe.com/products/0010449.asp

Also check out this link. Towards the bottom under additional features it lists software, drivers and utilities, and at the bottom under supplied accessories it lists application software/usb driver. Go to the store you purchased this at or contact Cannon support and get the disc that was supposed to be included.

http://www.einfo.co.nz/shop/product_info.php?pName=sony-dcrdvd908e-20x-optical-zoom-camcorder

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