FireWire <- -> MiniDV Camcorder problem resolved

Discussion in 'Video Cameras' started by Malcolm Stewart, Jul 18, 2006.

  1. Just in case others fall into the same problem, and waste time on it. (Ulead
    VideoStudio 9, Win98SE, 1GB RAM, large HDDs etc. ...and stable.)

    I've been uploading video from my Sony MiniDV camcorders over several years
    without a problem, until fairly recently, when although the camcorder's
    screen indicated that it had recognised the FireWire connection correctly
    ("DV IN" shown on screen), my video editing application couldn't "see" the
    camcorder, and an error message appeared.

    The FireWire card was being reported correctly in Device Manager, and I
    assume my Sony camcorder was appearing lower down with a yellow "?" against
    it. Can't recall seeing this before.

    After trying the usual options of re-installing Windows, removing and
    replacing the FireWire card, waggling the connectors etc., Googling for
    "FireWire error" and learning about IRQ conflicts, siting of FireWire card
    relative to mother board, power problems and the Microsoft Knowledge base
    etc., I investigated the Device Manager for the IEEE1394 driver. This took
    me to the "Settings" page under "Properties" where I found that the
    "Diagnostic" mode had been ticked. Unticking "Diagnostic" mode and
    rebooting cured all the problems, and I can now get back to uploading my
    video.

    What I can't understand is HOW the diagnostic mode got set as I'm the only
    person who uses this PC, and until prompted by the Microsoft Knowledge base
    I'd never looked at this page before. (And I don't have teenage kids in the
    house...)
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Jul 18, 2006
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  2. Malcolm Stewart

    Tim Streater Guest

    Or a punishment for using Windows.

    <ducks and runs>

    -- tim
     
    Tim Streater, Jul 18, 2006
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  3. At least my experience with Windows gave me the urge to get it sorted. My 3
    (adult) daughters all have iMacs, and tease me... But it's Dad (retired and
    with time on his hands!) who perseveres to actually make the family DVDs.
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Jul 18, 2006
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  4. At least my experience with Windows gave me the urge to get it sorted. My 3
    (adult) daughters all have iMacs, and tease me... But it's Dad (retired and
    with time on his hands!) who perseveres to actually make the family DVDs.
     
    Malcolm Stewart, Jul 18, 2006
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  5. Malcolm Stewart

    Tim Streater Guest

    Yes, those are very important. When I was very little we had a
    housekeeper with a little girl my age. A few years ago the girl
    (grown-up now, clearly :) traced and contacted me to see if I had any
    pictures of her mother (she had almost none). I was able to find one
    very good one, by raking through a boxful of negs. I think she
    appreciated that.

    -- tim
     
    Tim Streater, Jul 19, 2006
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