pc does not recognize video camera

I have Sony TRV350 video camera, trying to capture video via USB connection, no software (Adobe Premiere, Windows Movie Maker) recognizes the link.
It's been years since I've tried, so I need all the help I can get.
When I turn the camera on, the system "beeps", but then "beeps" again, so I'm not sure there's not another problem.
joreill2Asked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Open Device Manager and see what is under the main Imaging devices tab or the Sound / Video tab. The camera should be in one of those two. Is it there?  and is it working?
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nobusCommented:
you can always test by connecting the camera to different USB ports - front, and back
could be a bad usb pot - so inspect the usb connector
or a bad cable
test the camera on another pc (with a friend?)

**the first beep signals it "sees" the camera - and probably the second beep signals a problem
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rindiCommented:
On most cameras, you have to tell it that you are connecting it to a PC, so check the camera's display menu for such a connection option. Besides that, what is your OS? According to the specs I found on the sony site for your camera, it doesn't support Windows 7 Starter... Besides that, it doesn't support streaming, so once connected you would probably have to download the files from the camera to your PC, and then you can manipulate them with your other software.
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dbruntonCommented:
Does this camera have a Firewire port?

If it does insert a Firewire card in your computer and get a Firewire cable.  Also read the following  thread http://club.myce.com/f32/video-capture-sony-dcr-trv350-windows-7-a-315647/?PageSpeed=noscript on how to transfer.
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nobusCommented:
joreill - how is it going?
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marsiliesCommented:
The DCRTRV350 is a Digital8 camcorder, and so has a Firewire (aka i.Link, IEEE 1394, DV, etc) for transfering the video to a PC.
http://esupport.sony.com/p/model-home.pl?mdl=DCRTRV350

The USB connection did support streaming video over it, but only on older Windows like XP. According to this page, streaming video over USB isn't supported on  Windows 7 and Windows 8:
https://us.en.kb.sony.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/39388/session/L2F2LzEvdGltZS8xNDE2MjY0NjExL3NpZC9mbVRGWUc3bQ%3D%3D
The USB Streaming feature is not supported with the Windows® 7 and Windows® 8 operating systems.

IMPORTANT: Only the USB driver included on the supplied CD-ROM will properly enable the camcorder for USB streaming. If the software included with your camcorder has been lost or damaged, it may be possible to purchase a copy. Parts or accessories for Sony® Products are available online through Parts & Accessories Sales.

Streaming via Firewire is still supported in Windows 7, I just did it today in Windows Movie Maker. You'll need a Firewire port on your PC though.
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joreill2Author Commented:
Thanks to all. Device manager shows an audio card (not video), and since I'm running Windows 7, I can't use the Firewire connection anymore (without a card).
Working on analog video out (it works on my HDTV), need to figure how to get it into the pc (too many hours of video to just watch it all).
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rindiCommented:
As I already mentioned, first make sure your camera is set to connect to a PC. Then on the PC you need to copy the files to the computer, you probably can't work directly on the files in the camera. You may be able to see it in the explorer as a separate drive. Maybe there is also software available for the camera.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Look under Display. There must be Video (unless the card was kluged onto another card). If not, you may just be out of luck.
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dbruntonCommented:
Firewire cards are cheap enough.

See http://www.amazon.com/Rosewill-FireWire-1394a-Components-RC-504/dp/B004F3DM6C/ref=lp_284717_1_6/182-4652305-6179909?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1416435707&sr=1-6 for an example (Note this is an example only, don't know if would fit in your computer).  You should be able to get one from Amazon for around $20.
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joreill2Author Commented:
I'm adding a Firewire card to my system.
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