I am trying to download my footage via fire wire to my hard disk but my computer does not recognise the camcorder. I have been using this before without any problem. I tried different computer with different fire wire cable and fire wire card no joy. Device manger shows "VIA OHCI complient IEEE 1394 Host Controller". System is WinXP pro.
Go to Device manager/IEEE 1394 Host Controller, open it, Driver, update driver, display a list of suitable drivers etc, next. You may have to reboot. When you boot up have dv camcorder plugged in and on.