Firewire Cord always goes bad

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Underbelly, Jan 25, 2009.

  1. Underbelly macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2005
    I have an older Sony DV camcorder that I've been using with imovie for years. Here is the problem The Firewire cords go bad after a few months. After a while, the computer (G4 ibook) doesn't recognize that a camera is attached.

    First it's once in a while but I can get it if I play aorund, but after a while it doesn't see the camera at all until I buy a new firewire cable.

    These cables are $25-$30! I don't want to keep investing in new ones.

    Let me know if you have any thoughts/ideas!

  2. MattsxB macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007
  3. TJunkers macrumors 6502a


    Aug 24, 2007
    New Jersey
    See... this is why Steve Jobs wants to do away with it... haha.

    But yeah, I've had the same problem. It too was a sony device. I'm guessing sony's firewire cable, or whoever makes it, makes it really sheap.
  4. Underbelly thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 28, 2005
    I've tried expensive ones, cheap ones and its all the same. Makes me go crazy.

    Thanks guys

    And if anyone knows of any free software that can get my video into the computer, let me know!
  5. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030


    Apr 19, 2008
    Pandora, Home Tree
    Is it the cable? or the connection?

    Try the firewire on another device, Backup drive or something. If it works, as it should, the connection is at fault.

    Also, get a Q-Tip, dip in rubbing alcohol, and clean the contact points of the camera and the computer, and the cable. Dirty connections can also make it fail.
  6. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008

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