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Old February 5th, 2004, 03:45 AM   #1
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Can't get my PC to recognise the GV-D900e

Hi guys. I've been loaned a GV-d900 deck to do some capturing with but after plugging it into my machine, it's just not being detected by Windows Xp. The cable etc are fine as my XM2 works flawlessly in it. I've looked in the menus and on the unit and can't see anything that might look like it'd stop detection.

Can't find a manual to download either. Can anyone help me here?

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Old February 6th, 2004, 02:43 PM   #2
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Hi Aaron,

You mentioned the XM2 works ok, is this back to the XP machine or connected to the 900. If its back to the XP machine try hooking the XM2 to the 900 and see if they will talk to each other by themselves(just in case the firewire port on the 900 is dodgy). Otherwise it might be a XP 'funny' similar to what happened with the VX1000(cam not recognised). I think that was fixed with Service Pack 1.

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Old February 6th, 2004, 03:18 PM   #3
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Jon, yeah the XM2 is fine to my computer. I'll have to get a small (4pin) to small firewire cable to test the connectin between the two though but I might do this if I have no luck.

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Old February 13th, 2004, 12:58 AM   #4
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Are you trying to plug a 6pin Firewire into a 4pin connector? Most computer side are 6pin (the big opening) and nearly all video equipment are equipped with 4pins.

If you have done exactly that with your PC power on, you might have shorted out the GV900 internals.

Reason - 6pin Firewire all carry a 15Volts 5amps current (intending to keep powering up external hard-disks and other computer peripherals). Nearly all video equipment don't need this current.

4pin Firewire connectors don't carry the current, just only the data traffic.

So, if you plug in GV900 with a 15V 5amps coming in, depending on the circuit design, it might or might not be able to withstand the shock.

You really need a 4pin to 4pin Firewire cable here, with a proper 4pin socket on your PC side to safely connect/disconnect video equipment.

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Old February 13th, 2004, 02:19 AM   #5
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TingSern, thanks for that information, I never knew that about the 4pin - 6pin thing. My firewire cable is used for PC <-> Camera stuff and my camera needs it own power, but I guess that doesn't mean that the firewire port uses the cameras power, or needs it.

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