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I replaced my XP machine over 2 years ago with ...
on 14 February 2017
I replaced my XP machine over 2 years ago with a W7 64-bit one ,including ordering a Firewire (IEEE 1394) card to be installed so that I could download video from my Canon XM2 camcorder. However, it was not until around the end of last year that I actually came to attempt to do this. I found that the board that had been supplied (the now obsolete StarTech PEX13943 with a PLX PEX8112-AA66BI F chipset) combined with the generic Microsoft driver that was automatically downloaded on first use, was not fully compatible with the camera. For example, Windows Movie Maker and Videopad could get the camera to play, pause or stop but only once per boot of the computer; and nothing was ever downloaded in any case. With the computer being out of warranty the computer manufacturers suggested that I just purchased another card "as they are now relatively cheap" and try that, returning the card if it did not work.
I diligently read the questions/answers and reviews of numerous cards on the Amazon website, and found that compatibility issues are apparently commonplace. One common message that I gleaned was to try a different chip manufacturer. Hence, my choice of this AVI card; also. from one of the review contributors (djnev in 2011) I learnt that this card came with some instructions, however, mine did not though. Nevertheless, I heeded the instructions he had received, specifically connecting the camera and powering it up BEFORE switching on the computer. A bit extreme I felt, but I thought lets be sure.
Nevertheless, I heeded the instructions he had received, specifically connecting the camera and powering it up BEFORE switching on the computer. A bit extreme I felt, but I thought lets be sure.
The so called Driver Disk in the kit seems rather irrelevant. It contains Adobe Reader, DirectX, Indeo, QuickTime. RealPlayer, SonyMPEG, WindowsMediaFormat, the last containing WMEncoder,exe which installed Windows Medai Encoder 9 Series. Note that there was no driver despite the name on the disk, but as stated previously, Windows found the correct VIA one without difficulty.