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.