Panasonic & Vista problem

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      I’ve been on the phone for hours with Sony & Panasonic with dead end results. My new Vaio FW laptop with Vista business cannot even detect a firewire connection from my Panasonic PV-DV910.(10 years old )I’m trying to use Windows Movie Maker.From what I’ve seen in various forums & research,I’m probably “SOL” & either have to buy a new camcorder or settle for working with a PC with XP……….what a drag. Any suggestions ?

      Thanx…………..I’ll just sit on the curb & cry.

    • #188695

      how is working with XP a drag?

    • #188696

      are you sure the firewire port on your camera isn’t bad? sometimes they go bad. But then again, if it works on another computer, it’s not the camera.

      Must be Movie Maker on the laptop.

    • #188697

      I agree, the computer port could be bad, but the port may not be enabled too. That’s a bios thing! If you aren’t comfortable with that check with the vendor or manf. support. On mymost recent computer I had to enable the firewire port on the P6T motherboard – naturally the HELP screens and booklet that comes with the board didn’t mention that at all!

      The portcould be bad on the cameraand the cable may be bad too. To trouble shoot you would want to determine if you can hook up that camera using that cable to another computer. If you can use the combo on another computer, check your bios.

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      We just went through something similar with Vista Biz as it was not recognizing our JVC BRHD50 Deck or a connected external harddrive via firewire. Long story short, it turned out feedback from plugging ina ‘hot’ firewire cable set off the protection circuit in the Deck frying the ports on the deck and the external drive. We quickly found out that other gear worked just fine and it wasn’t a Vista or hardware problem with the NLE. After getting the deck back from repairs, it and Vista works just fine (now if we can only get Premeire to cooperate remotely with the deck in HD….)

      Far as ‘Movie Maker’ goes, I only use it as a barometer to check if firewire gear is properly recognized. Also, (if you haven’t already) check to see if your camera is recognized by another computer to confirm it’s not the port on the camera. Also, it may be a longshot but check with panasonic to see if they have any firmware or software updates available for the camera. If it’s 10 years old, it’s not likely but worth a check. Bruce brought up a good point about checking to see if the port has been enabled in the bios. Sometimes, it’s something simple like that or maybe you have a bad firewire cable.

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