Still no joy

I'd just like to report that I have had no further luck in getting either my iPod or Sony camcorder hooked up to my PC via the IEEE 1394 connection.

Since my last blog on this subject, I have tried:

  • Installed a fresh version of XP on a separate partition
  • Installed Linux on a separate partition
  • Installed the PCI 1394 card I bought in a different machine also running Linux
All to no avail :(
I even nearly spontaneously bought a Sony laptop at the weekend in the hope that because it's the same brand as my camcorder, they would automagically work together. Fortunately, common sense prevailed (and the threat of my bank manager paying me a visit with some hired heavies) and I didn't do it!

A friend had a similar problem with his iPod and finally determined that it required more power than his basic 1394 card would provide, so he bought a card with a separate ATX style power socket on it and this made things work. Now, to be honest, the fact that the iPod doesn't work over FireWire is not such an issue for me, as it works just fine over USB on both XP and Linux (yeah, I even tested this). However, my friend also mentioned that he'd tried his JVC camcorder on his 1394 board, both with and without the external power to the board, and the camera failed to be recognised when the power connector was disconnected from the board.

So, today, as a last ditch attempt to get things working, I have ordered one of these. As you'll note from the picture of the card, it has a power socket mounted on the top edge of the board. If this fails to do the trick, it can go right back where it came from and I'll only have lost a couple of £ in postage. This figure will pale into insignificance when I end up buying a Sony laptop (although actually, I'd prefer one of these).

I'll post up my success or otherwise after the weekend.

Comments:

Have you been able to successfully hook up your DV-capable camera to another computer? This sounds like a problem with the DV-camera itself.

Posted by Jed Cousin on January 18, 2005 at 01:08 PM GMT #

I'm not sure I actually tried the camera when I put the 1394 board into the other Linux PC I have. I suspect I gave up when the iPod failed to work.

The camera may indeed be at fault, although it does recognise when it is plugged in to a 1394 port as a little "DV IN" sign appears in the viewfinder. This sign disappears when you hit play (and is quite normal according to the manual).

I have an acquaintance who's offered to help out by bringing over his laptop and camera for us to compare, so that'll be the next thing if this powered 1394 board doesn't work.

Posted by Trevor Watson on January 19, 2005 at 01:29 AM GMT #

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