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Dane Lincoln Posted on Sep 21, 2017
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Firewire fried? I lent out my camcorder (I know: stupid, stupid, stupid) to a friend. It worked via firewire 400 with my Mac (OSX 10.4.7) and iMovie before I let him borrow it. He tried to connect it to his Windows XP machine. When I got it back, firewire would not work. Possible fixes for firewire ports on the camcorder? Any suggestions as to repair prices/shops? Cheers.

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  • Posted on Sep 22, 2017
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Hello Dane Lincoln,

Before you become to intent on repairing the unit you
LOANED OUT...

I would like to suggest you consider buying another
from the eBay site ... I have every confidence you can
get a better "FIX" (replacement PV-GS120) delivered to
your door... than the time & grief spent... LOOKING.

The one I am posting gives a FULL YEAR if you purchase
the $8.99 Square Trade protection ...
(beyond your eBay, PayPal and/or Credit-Card)
Price just reduced:
NICE PANASONIC PV GS120 3 CCD MINI DV CAMCORDER BATTERY AND ORIG CHARGER...

Then set aside your damaged unit
(save it for future part needs).

Even assuming your camera board is serviceable
there are dwindling numbers of "TECHNICIANS"
that even have the necessary SKILLS...

You ABSOLUTELY MUST wear antistatic wrist straps
to even handle (let alone work on) every semiconductor
board YOU CARE ABOUT.

Amazon com Rosewill ESD Anti Static Wrist Strap Components RTK 002 Black...

If you open your existing unit... and decide you MUST attempt THIS REPAIR... Comment me back (typically I am here daily).
The specialty tools are available if you have an ELECTRONICS SHOP nearby... I buy my tools & supplies mainly from
AMAZON & eBay... It is VERY easy to damage a board with the WRONG EQUIPMENT and solder...
(not really an entry level do-it-yourself job)..
AND again ESD (electrostatic discharge: static): The slightest SPARK. you might not even feel, is sufficient to ruin
very valuable COLATERAL semiconductors...
Real PROFESSIONAL "handlers" all know they should wear
straps...!!

Hope this helps

Carnac the Magnificent

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Since we do not know where you are, we can offer no advice as to where you could go for repairs. Sorry.

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Anonymous

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  • Posted on Feb 17, 2008

SOURCE: pV-GS35 to mac connection problems

Do you have another camera that you can use for testing? If so, try connecting that one and see if you get a picture on the Mac. If so, I'd guess a blown Firewire socket on the camera. If not, try a different firewire cable. If that doesn't fix it, suspect the firewire port on the Mac. If it's a Mac Pro, you might try adding a third-party FW card to the system. If some other type of Mac, you may need to send it in for repairs.

If you've completely ruled out hardware problems, did you upgrade QuickTime, recently? I've seen that that sometimes hoses the connectivity between Macs & cameras.

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Anonymous

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  • Posted on Feb 21, 2009

SOURCE: No 1384 firewire driver for Panasonic PV-GS300 camcorder

I found the recipe. To get my DV Camcorder to work using 1384 (Firewire) on my computer I did:

1. Get a good cable. If you paid less than $20 for it, you got the wrong one.
2. Ensure that the 1384 (firewire) port is enabled on your computer. Go into the BIOS setup and check to be sure. Mine was OFF!
3. If you get an error with Windows XP not being able to find your hardware, you need to get all the drivers. There are four or five of them along with a configuration file. Miss any one and you are dead. My solution was to reinstall Windows Service Pack 3. This took a long time, but fixed the driver problems.

Good luck!

fotomohamed

mohamed salim shaikh

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  • Posted on Jun 18, 2009

SOURCE: PV-DV103 will not connect to pc via Firewire - Windows Movie makr

ur COMP. graphic is low. ur camera need capturing card on PC u can edit ur pic in movie maker

Anonymous

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  • Posted on Nov 15, 2009

SOURCE: panasonic pv gs 180 can't import into imovie

Hi, I managed to down load mine by connecting with a firewire and setting the camera to playback mode (not PC), opening imovie, turning the camcorder on and selecting file -' import from camera". a screen came up then I started playback on the camcorder and was able to select import from the screen on the imac.

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