I have a Sony HC-DVR42 mini-DV camcorder. My new laptop (Windows 7) does not have a firewire port. I bought a cheap firewire to USB cable but when I plug it in, Windows reports that it cannot install the USB device.
Has anyone successfully used a USB/firewire adapter to connect a mini-DV camcorder to a laptop? Are there any other options?
Just a Firewire/USB cable wont do the job. You need to purchase and add a Firewire PCMCIA card to your laptop. This card will provide you with a Firewire port. Firewire does come in 4-pin as well as 6-pin connectors. Make sure you get the right one. I would recommend that you take the laptop as well as the camcorder to the store when you purchase the card.
Thanks for the reply. Unfortunately my laptop does not have a PCMCIA slot. I already have that adapter and it worked fine on my old laptop. I understand that the simple and cheap firewire to USB cable is insufficient. Does anyone make a USB dock with a firewire port that would work?