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Firewire port question

Last response: in Laptop General Discussion
March 10, 2012 8:04:28 PM


I have a compaq cq61 312sa and understand that I need an iLink cable from my 4-pin Sony camcorder connected to a fire-wire port in the laptop in order to be able to download the video tapes from the camcorder to my hard drive.

How would I know if I had a fire wire port, please?


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March 10, 2012 10:02:31 PM

Hello COLGeek

Many thanks for your reply.

The model is: DCR-TRV120E.

Thanks again.
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a c 200 D Laptop
March 10, 2012 10:13:26 PM

I know of no way to add firewire to your laptop. And, I have a similar Sony camcorder that does not have removable media (as yours appears to do as well). An option would be to use a program/adapter like these to use your A/V cable to connect to your laptop: (includes the needed adapter and the software to manage the importing of video)
a c 249 D Laptop
March 10, 2012 10:24:17 PM

Hi :) 

If your lappy has a PCMCIA slot...get a Firewire PCMCIA card...

All the best Brett :) 
March 10, 2012 10:35:14 PM

Many thanks to you both (again) for the links and ideas.

I will check out my computer specs (re PCMCIA slot) and ask in my local shop about getting round the firewire issue.

Cheers!!!! :) 
a c 200 D Laptop
March 10, 2012 11:25:47 PM

The specs do not indicate a PCMCIA or PC Cardbus slot. Otherwise, Brett928S2 would be spot on.