My panasonic mini DV suddenly started not being recognized by my emac ("camera not attached"). I tried other computers, same thing. I tried different fire wires, same results. I needed to finish a project so I borrowed a Canon camera. Once I plugged it in to the emac, it has the same problem, it now is not recognized by any computers we try to use it with. The only commonality was the firewire port. Is it possible the port is faulty and giving an electrical charge that damages the ability for the camera to import? Everything else seems to be working fine on both cameras.