2011 February 9th, 13:54
Firewire Express card issue.
I have a Dell XPS 1645 laptop which has:
OS: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU Q 720 @ 1.60GHz, 1597 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 8 Logical Processor(s)
Video Card: ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4670
When using the built in Ricoh firewire card with the Legacy driver, I get dropped packets, so the video isn't perfect.
I've read everything I can find on here related to firewire problems and based on that I purchased a PCI Express firewire card with Texas Instruments chipset. Had it shipped from USA, because I couldn't locate one here in Australia.
At the time of purchase I didn't have a clue what 1394b was, so when the Express card arrived, I noticed the sockets were different and they were 1394b. Did research to find that a 'Bilingual' cable was necessary to connect the HV30 to the card. Found one online and it was available here in Australia, so I bought it.
I have successfully installed the latest Win7 64 bit Unibrain firewire driver for the Express card and now the computer recognises that it is there, and the IEEE 1394 Controller device is working properly.
When I connect the HV30 to the Express card Windows recognises the "Canon HV30" is there, but says "The drivers for this device are not installed. (Code 28)". I have searched the Canon website for such a driver, but it doesn't exist. I don't understand how I can install a non-existent driver?
(When the HV30 is plugged into the built in firewire port it appears in the list of devices and "is working properly" and I can capture HDV, but with dropped packets.)
Does anyone have any ideas on how to get this Express card and the HV30 to work together or do you think I've made a terrible mistake, again.
(This is the second card I've bought and the first one was the wrong size!)
I hope I have explained myself well enough!
I have already spent many hours over the past week or so trying to get this thing to work, and my old desktop that I previously captured video on, is old and has motherboard problems, so I would love to be able to capture video on this laptop.
2011 February 9th, 14:22
When you added the new card, you might try setting this back to the legacy drivers.
2011 February 9th, 14:41
Aaah, genius! It worked. You have my everlasting gratitude!
I knew I didn't know what I was doing and this proves it.
2011 February 9th, 15:26
Am I right in assuming that I can now uninstall the Unibrain driver that was provided with the card?
2011 February 9th, 15:31
Not sure. If everything is working as you want, I wouldn't tempt fate.