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Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini DV not recognized by Windows 7

My Sony Handycam DCR-HC42 Mini dv digital recorder is not recognized by Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit when connected via usb. This worked fine on xp Pro with my prior pc. Sony support download site says the driver is included with Windows 7 and does not offer a download. I have installed the Sony pmb application but it cannot locate the handcam. Searched the web for another provider of the driver without luck (including Driver Whiz application). Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

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I have DCR-HC42 video camcorder and now for some reason when I play the tapes the screen tells me to eject tape, does anyone no what this problem is

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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 :)

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