On Tue, 24 Jul 2007 21:26:26 +0100, "Richard" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>I've been following this issue in this thread and I've now seen lots of
>people with the same issue and its not camera specific, so I suspect the
>common factor is the drivers and/or the chipset on the fire wire cards. Now
>speaking personally my fire worked fine until I added Vista, so the only
>change has been Vista and the driver. I therefore suspect the driver that
>microsoft have put in is not 100% compliant. Does anyone have an 3rd party
>driver software for firewire on vista.
Firewire should work fine with ANY camera IF the firewire interface is
OHCI IEEE-1394 compliant. This has always been a sticking point not
with Windows but the interface itself since SOME are not 100% OHCI
compliant regardless if it located directly on your motherboard (many
newer MB now have it) or if you add some expansion firewire card.
You can check by going to Windows Device Manager and checking what if
any Firewire device it detects and what error if any is shown.
Maybe this will help. While based on older versions of Windows non the
less the basics haven't changed.
For what it is worth I had a similar problem myself years ago. In a
nutshell I build a PC that had what it claimed was a 100% compliant
firewire interface on the motherboard. While I could import from my
digital camera fine, reversing the process writing an editing video
back to the camera's DV tape it would drop frames like crazy.
The solution was simple I disabled the firewire connector on the MB
and stuck in a firewire expansion card. Worked fine.
One such card here: Very similar to the one I've used.
Anyhow my present PC works fine with the Vista installed driver which
is a Texas Instruments version dated 6/21/06 version 6.0.6000.16386
Since Vista includes many drivers on the install DVD and unlike
earlier versions of Windows these get installed regardless if or not
you need them, so they are ALREADY on your root drive one possible
fix those having trouble may wish to try also from Device Manager is
look for the line that starts with IEEE 1394 Bus Host Controller.
Expand. Some driver should be there. Right click on this line, select
uninstall. Immediately close down Windows. Reboot, Windows should
detect your firewire hardware and shortly after it boots pop up a
little window in the lower right of your desktop saying new hardware
found... installing driver. It does no harm to try.