This seems to be the closest forum for my question...
I want to hook up my camcorder via a Firewire cable and I do not know how to get my system to find it. If I use a USB port it finds it fine.
Firewire is 1394. Frequently Windows will activate the 1394 port as an ethernet interface. You may have to DISABLE that in network setup before it will find the connected camcorder and install the drivers. Also in some cases if the 1394 port is connected to something during Windows install then the wrong driver may be in place. Ascertain that the 1394 port IS Texas Instruments under "Ports" in the Device Manager, rather than under "Other Devices" with some strange driver.