Still no joy
By tdw on Jan 18, 2005
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
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.