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Windows Vista does not detect miniDV Camcorder through IEEE.

by Net_name / April 13, 2012 9:23 AM PDT

I am having problems transferring video from my miniDV camcorder to my laptop. My laptop does not detect my camcorder at all.

I have:
Windows Vista Basic 32-bit
JVC GR-DVL510U miniDV camcorder
6 pin to 4 pin firewire 400 cable
Best Connectivity IEEE 1394a firewire express card port (Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller)

I am using:
Windows Movie Maker
Windows Movie Maker Live

Apparently, this has something Windows Vista not being able to "enumerate" the camcorder.

I have tried Microsoft's solution without much luck:

The camcorder is in play mode, and cables are connected. The express firewire card is detected and the latest drivers are installed for it. I try hitting "play" to get Windows to recognize it, but that does not work either.

In USB mode (DSC), my camcorder is detected by my computer, and I am able to transfer still images, however, firewire does not work. Manual and JVC tech support are very unhelpful.

Anyone know a fix?

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The most common causes I know of.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2012 9:35 AM PDT

1. The Windows was installed by a shop that didn't know to install motherboard and more drivers.
2. The firewire port is blown. Test the camera on another PC.
3. The camcorder is not in the right mode. See manual (I won't guess this one.)
4. The USB means ZIP here. Nice detail but means so little.

JVC Tech here was good but then at 120 per hour...

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None of these apply.
by Net_name / April 13, 2012 12:49 PM PDT

1. This was a laptop bought at retail. All drivers are at factory installed.
2. Firewire port works.
3. Camcorder is in the right mode.
4. Yes, USB working means little.

It seems like it some sort of software issue? I think it is some problem with Windows Vista from what I found on Google. Either that, or I don't know.

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No I don't.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 13, 2012 2:54 PM PDT
In reply to: None of these apply.

You convinced me it's not software.

If it's a new laptop from retail, you only need to have them show you it working with any camcorder.

Yes, it could be software but nothing was told about any changes from stock.

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Show who?
by Net_name / April 13, 2012 3:14 PM PDT
In reply to: No I don't.

Okay, so I think then it is either the camcorder port or the firewire cable. I might go to a friend's house and test it out.

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My camcorder does not work in Windows Vista
by Net_name / April 14, 2012 6:05 AM PDT

I tried my firewire cable and the jvc mini dv camcorder on a friend's windows xp machine, and it works.

You were wrong Bob, it was a software problem.

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My JVC works fine with Vista.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 14, 2012 4:02 PM PDT

Until more clues are found, there is something wrong with this PC. Vista has worked with Firewire for years. It's just this PC that does not.

I'd love to be wrong about this, but it's not Vista at the heart of the matter.

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I have the same problem as you...
by hiwayup / December 12, 2012 10:51 AM PST

My cannon mini dv camcorder mvx 150i is not detected by windows vista 32-bit home premium, in my Laptop through IEEE 1394 port... In my desktop I don't have any problem with windows xp. The same problem as you...all drivers are up to date...???

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How do you know drivers are up to date?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 11:57 PM PST

And again, we don't use the Microsoft Driver Update. That and the buttons in Device Manager are not trustworthy.

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