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Connecting Camera through firewire or USB PC wont see it.

First of all i wish you a merry Christmas :)

I have a Sony camera [Sony HDV 1080i].
I'm trying to connect it to my laptop (Sony Vaio VGN-NR31) through firewire or USB but the laptop doesn't see it (running Vista).

My desktop PC doesn't see it either (Windows XP).

When i connect the camera i run Pinnacle and-or Windows Movie Maker with no luck.
I tried to find any useful settings in BIOS (ex. enable firewire) but there aren't any settings to fix.

When i connected the camera to friends PC it worked fine (Win XP + Pinnacle)

Anyone had the same problem?
Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance.
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1 Solution
First plug the camera in question in via USB and turn the camera on.

Go to Control Panel > System > Hardware Tab > Devise Manager
Start > Run > devmgmt.msc

Look for a yellow question mark under USB - if there is one present you need to install the drivers for the camera

After that with the camera plugged in open "My Computer" and look for a new drive letter (may say USB, Sony, Camera, MDIC, removable disk...)
Right click on that and go to Auto Play - ensure Prompt me each time to choose and action is selected.

Try those and post back results, sounds like you need to install the drivers for your camera
CodedKAuthor Commented:
Hi StealthWifi12.

Nothing :/ with devmgmt.msc or Control Panel. No trace of the connected device.

Looking at the Sony website, it says that there are no drivers to install, they are already included in the system (Win7, Vista or XP)

I don't know what else to check ...
I figured that might be it, download and run the AutoPlay repair wizard from Microsoft here:


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CodedKAuthor Commented:
I cannot choose the drive to correct the autoplay feature since the camera in not shown anywhere...
I tried to my usb stick and nothing happen camera wise...
CodedKAuthor Commented:
I tried this also :

But he hotfix i tried did not worked with my system.
Did the camera come with any software?
If so I would uninstall then restart and try again, if not installed try installing it.

If that fails I have to recommend calling Sony camera support
CodedKAuthor Commented:
No, no software came with the camera.
StealthWifi thank you very much for your time and effort, but i found a solution for this.
I will close this question now.

For feature reference.... because i searched a LOT for this.
There is NO solution for this posted on the net.

[b]1)[/b] I uninstall the 1394 / firewire driver from the PC and let Windows recreate it.
[b]2)[/b] I edited the registry and added the (mentioned by many people) key :
Added the key (EnumerateInactiveLink) and gave it a value of 1.
[b]3)[/b] I downloaded the hot fix from Microsoft to individual search for any updates
(suggesting that my updater is damaged)
[b]4)[/b] On and off the camera, rebooted the system, Bios settings, cross system check, USB / FireWire checks...

All of this do not work !

You need to get a Sony brand firewire cable...(Belkin cable) ~$25....
It all make sense since my friend used his firewire cable.

Thank you for all your help.
ah gotcha, glad you got it sorted

-no objections to closing the question

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