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Panasonic & Vista problems

by yeeman / January 28, 2009 10:10 AM PST

From what I read, this seems to be a common problem: My new Vaio laptop ( Vista business ) cannot detect my Panasonic miniDV camera ( 10 years old ) thru the firewire. I hear the same horror stories with much newer cameras.There doesn't seem to be any updated drivers available. Some person mentioned XP drivers for Vista ? So far, it seems hopeless & I either buy a new camera or settle to do my video work on an older XP computer.Phone support to Sony & Panasonic is a joke & total waste of time.What can I do ?

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Just one last shot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 10:34 AM PST

1. The camera and cable work on XP.
2. Not the new PC.
3. Try WINDV (see google)

-> At this point what's to tell us the new machine's firewire port is not blown?

I can't see why I would call Panasonic on this one. It's a Sony issue so bring it down to something simple. Have them show you any firewire camcorder working on your new laptop.

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Panasonic & Vista problem
by yeeman / January 28, 2009 10:45 AM PST
In reply to: Just one last shot.

I was at the Sony store today & they quickly used one of their cameras & MY seemed OK....of course, the battery in their camera only had about 30 secs.of power left so I couldn't even see Windows Movie Maker display the video. Panasonic told me Sony should have software for an Ieee1394 card....Sony had no idea what that was about...another dead end. I'm holding out as long as I can until I get a solution....maybe I won't.
I tried to check out that WinDV site....I'm still not sure what that was.

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WinDV is...
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 11:41 AM PST

A small program I use. I can't count on Windows Movie Maker. It has failed me too many times and if you insist on that working, we can't call Sony or Panasonic.

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