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    I can't seem to get my firewire port to work..
    I see the hardware in the control panel, but whenever I plug something in
    I get no audio chime and nothing shows up that I have attached a device (camcorder)..


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  2. #2

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    Windows 7/8

    You will probably have to look for the latest Windows 7 fire-wire driver for your motherboard (or add-in card if that's where the port came from) and install that.

    Does the fire-wire port device show up at all in the hardware manager? Is there a yellow exclamation mark o nit? Or not?
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    The firewire port does show up in the device manager, and there is no yellow exclamation mark next to it..

    I'll try to find the W7 drivers on Dell's site..
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    I have an older Cannon ZR10 and I plug it in then turn it on to VCR mode which is used for play back. Windows 8 RP found it and installed the default Windows 8 driver and it then shows up in Device manager under Imaging Devices as Cannon DV Camcorder. I use Live Photo Gallery to import my video.
    Are you plugging it in then power it up?

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    This is an older notebook, a Dell inspiron 1520.. Everything else has worked fine..

    The driver shows up in the device manager as Ricoh 1394 OHCI Compliant Host Controller

    I have tried plugging up the camcorder and then turning it on, and turning it on and then plugging it up.. Neither give the new-device-plugged-up-ding-dong alarm..

    I can try other devices I guess (hard drive)
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  6. #6

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    windows 8

    I gave up on the legacy drivers and bought a new PCI express firewire 1394 card from Newegg for $30.00.
    Problem solved. Now my $5k in video equipment works again with my firewire capture to Pinnacle Studio.
    Card: Rosewill "RC-506e" 1394A+B 3 port card.
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