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The chances are that the problem you’re having now is computer related, and not in the camera itself, so maybe that camera will do what you want it to do if you can get it connected.
It could even be the Firewire cable, even though it is new!
How long has Windows been installed, by the way? I’ve cured hardware problems in the past by backing up everything of importance and re-installing Windows, so that might be something to consider as well.
Maybe a few days away from the problem doing something else completely (without even thinking about it) will help you to come back to it with renewed determination. Sounds like you’re about to hit it with something hard. Have a break! 🙂