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Old July 3rd, 2006, 09:27 AM   #1
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Canon GL1 DV Cam

I believed my GL1's firewire port is fried now the camera doesn't power on can this be fixed?
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Old July 3rd, 2006, 09:40 AM   #2
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Hi Eric, welcome to DV Info Net. I've moved your post from the Open Discussion forum to our GL1 / GL2 area. Your camcorder can probably be fixed, but you'll need to send it to Canon Service. Here's their contact info:

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Old July 6th, 2006, 08:55 AM   #3
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Firewire port

Experienced the same problem a while ago. It can be a result of a short occurring when you hook up the GL1 to the computer. Had 3 occassions before I changed the firewire connection. I suggest you get an independent port not one on board.

It can be fixed . the whole logic board has to be replaced. Very costly about 900.00

Unless you have a warranty I would get an inexpensive capture camera and use that to capture with.

Sorry for the bad news ...
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Old July 12th, 2006, 03:02 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear that!

Eric,

Just curious...

When did the problem happen? Did you happen to plug in the camera to your computer while it was turned on or was the computer turned off when you plugged in the camera?
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Old August 24th, 2006, 09:54 AM   #5
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Same issue perhaps

I just tried to hook my GL1 up via firewire last night and my computer wasn't seeing it at all. Sounds like I have the same issue happening.

I wasn't planning on downloading from that camera anyway, so it's not a huge deal that I can't. I have another deck to use that works fine hooked up to the PC. Everything else on the camera seems to work fine.

$900 to fix the firewire issue? Definately not worth it to me.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 10:02 AM   #6
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Ports on a PC can also go bad. I had that happen twice with my Canopus DV Storm card. The easiest way to find the culprit, is a 2nd camera. Hook it up via
1394 cable to the other camera's 1394. Set one to camera and the other to vcr. If none of them work, it might be the cable.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 10:14 AM   #7
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After I couldn't get the computer to recognize the GL1, I hooked up my other miniDV camera to test if it was the cable or card.

The other camera worked fine, so I'm guessing it is the port in the GL1 that isn't work - unfortunately.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 10:23 AM   #8
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That still leaves room for a driver error on the PC. Try camera to camera to be positive.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 10:37 AM   #9
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That's a good point. I'll try that tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.
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Old August 24th, 2006, 11:44 AM   #10
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Yes, there are always more ways to screw up something, and it isn't always the most obvious reason. Had some funky stuff happen with my Rebel not being seen, nothing really mechanical, just sw/driver issues.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 04:38 AM   #11
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On some system the GL1 will be seen only if the GL1 is connected and turned on before the PC is turned on. Worth a try if you have not already.
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Old August 25th, 2006, 08:13 AM   #12
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A general caution is to always shut down the PC and the camera before connecting or disconnecting via firewire. Then boot up the PC and camera in the order that works for you.
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