'AVC compliant DV camcorder' actually causes problem for me!

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I've been using a JVC GR-PD1 camcorder and Windows XP with a firewire
connection without issue for months.

The JVC instructions included a special section on 'Driver Installation'.
When you connected the camera for the first time 'Found New Hardware Wizard'
popped up and you were directed - by the JVC instructions - to install from a
'specified location' and to select 'I will choose the driver to install...'

You entered 'Sound, video and game controllers' and selected 'JVC' and even
'JVC Tape Device'.

Once you did this, the connection between the camcorder and the computer
always worked great. In fact, I had to re-install my system software a number
of times, for unrelated reasons, and each time I went through the above JVC
driver routine with the camcorder without issue.

I have a broadband connection and allow my system to update
(download/install) from Microsoft automatically. Accordingly, I was very
quick to adopt SP2. No such updating seemed to effect the said connection to
the camera. Indeed recently I re-installed my system software with the old CD
that came with the computer when first bought, then downloaded SP2.
Subsequent to that, I went through the JVC driver routine detailed above. No

Yesterday I connected my camera to the computer and was surprised to
discover that the camera's capture software wasn't finding the camera.

Normally the name of the camera appears in the capture window. It didn't. A
fairly typical bubble appeared at the bottom right of the screen, alerting me
that a 'AVC compliant DV camcorder' was connected.

I noted this was slightly different phrasing than I was used to from that
bubble. I also got a window asking me what did I want Windows to do? Record
Video using Windows Movie Maker? Take No action?

The camcorder was also clearly visible when I opened 'My Computer'.

However, the camera's capture software was not aware of the camera at all.
It just sat there, idle, with it's buttons shaded and unclickable, as if no
camera were connected...

I explored Device Manager for a while, also right-clicked on the camcorder
icon in 'My computer'. All I got from this was advice that everything was
okay - driver and camera. I think everything was okay, too, if I wanted to
use the camera in conjuction with Windows software...

However, the camera's capture software which I use (and use crucially!)
looked the way it looks when no camera is connected.

I didn't know what to think. There's a DV/MPEG2 switch on the camera which
has always been set to MPEG 2 and still is; an ILink Out setting which needs
to be set to 'SW' instead of 'Auto' - always has been and still is!

I recently set up a Bluetooth connection on my PC and worried that might
have caused the strange shift in attutude - it was the only thing I had done
to change my PC recently.

Reluctantly I completely re-installed my system software with the old SP1 CD
and re-updated to SP2.

I went through the normal routine connecting the camera, assuming it would
work now.

However, when I connected the camera for the first time it didn't even open
Found New Hardware Wizard!

It found the camera, without allowing me to install driver from a 'specified
location' or select 'I will choose the driver to install...' as JVC require.

Once again, the camera seemed properly connected - but the camera's capture
software was unawares.

Anybody got any ideas?

This may be totally unhelpful, but I have heard a lot of JVC camcorders
didn't originally work in Windows until Microsoft addressed JVC's
non-standard FireWire implementation. Is it possible Microsoft has, somehow,
undone the fix for JVC camcorders that it implemented by way of some update
that occured automatically on my computer? Just a thought.

I would deeply appreciate any help.
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.video (More info?)

    I continued wrestling with this problem. First of all I found that through
    Device Manager I could still 'install from a specified location' and 'choose
    driver to install'. There were two JVC options on the list then - tape device
    or digital camera.. but neither made any difference.

    I have, however, found that sometimes when I plug in the PD1 to the computer
    by the firewire it's model name DOES appear in the camera's capture utility.
    Sometimes it doesn't.
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