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My Sony Camcorder has firewire output (i.link). My PC does not have firewire input. I want to transfer our camcorder tapes to the computer, edit them and burn to DVD.

What are my options (cheapest)?
 

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spartanstew said:
My Sony Camcorder has firewire output (i.link). My PC does not have firewire input. I want to transfer our camcorder tapes to the computer, edit them and burn to DVD.

What are my options (cheapest)?
Assuming you have a desktop, simply purchase a firewire card and install it. You will need some editing software, but a quick search on-line should help you with that. Newegg sells cards for $12.99.
 

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spartanstew - installing a new card is a LOT easier than you'd think.

Turn off you PC
Unplug it
Press the power button for 5 seconds
Take the cover off
Ground yourself (just touch the power supply inside)
With a small phillips-head screwdriver, unscrew a 'card cover'
Install the firewire card
Screw it in
Put the cover back on
plug it in

Enjoy
 

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OK, update.

I have an old Gateway Desktop that's about 10 years old. It stopped functioning a couple of years ago and has been sitting in a closet for the last 2 years, but I just looked and it does have firewire inputs.

Can I just remove that card from the back of the Gateway and put it in my current PC (Dell)?
 

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wilbur_the_goose said:
spartanstew - installing a new card is a LOT easier than you'd think.

Turn off you PC
Unplug it
Press the power button for 5 seconds
Take the cover off
Ground yourself (just touch the power supply inside)
With a small phillips-head screwdriver, unscrew a 'card cover'
Install the firewire card
Screw it in
Put the cover back on
plug it in

Enjoy
I think if you have already unplugged it and you touch the PC's power supply to ground or discharge any static build up in your body, it will not work since the power supply being unplugged is no longer grounded. Thus, nowhere for the static charge to discharge to. You would be better to touch something metal still plugged in (as long as it has a 3 prong plug) and touch an exposed metal part rather than painted metal. Also, do not do the work while standing on a carpet. Tile, concrete or wood floors are best to avoid any static build up. And, if you happen to walk away to get a tool or something...make sure you discharge yourself again to be on the safe side and avoid the risk of messing something up inside of the PC with a static discharge.

spartanstew said:
OK, update.

I have an old Gateway Desktop that's about 10 years old. It stopped functioning a couple of years ago and has been sitting in a closet for the last 2 years, but I just looked and it does have firewire inputs.

Can I just remove that card from the back of the Gateway and put it in my current PC (Dell)?
That should work fine. Given the age of the Gateway, it's likely that the firewire was not built into the mother board and is on a seperate PCI card. If so, uninstall the card and install in the new system. Windows should install the drivers automatically if needed.
 
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