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I have a "why me?" moment...

OK - to sum it up: I wanted to record/edit the 2nd part of "Pawpet News" on Sunday.

After shooting the required scenes, I went to transfer them onto the computer for editing - but: "Capture Device Offline". Not good. Since I bent the firewire plug on the computer while cleaning last week I assumed the socket did in fact break.

First solution: remove the casing mounted firewire port and check pin connectivity. Checks out fine - still no capture device.

Dump an old unused analog capture card and replace it with an old Firewire card (no other PCI slots free) in case the on-board IEEE port blew a fuse and connect the camcorder to that - still no capture device.

Hmm... I think it must be the cable then! It got bent quite a bit mind you so what else could it be? But it is Sunday and no computer store around here is open.

Monday: Bought new cable, connected to onboard and PCI IEEE controller... no capture device.

A bit of careful prodding with a needle turns out that one of the pins in the camcorder port broke. Argh! It had to be the most expensive of all options...

Now I'm here, trying to open the camcorder without damaging it so I can replace that socket...

Edit one hour later: I managed to open it. Now to find a replacement socket.



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Jul. 21st, 2008 03:59 pm (UTC)
So the camcorder port was the problem, yuck. All those miniature parts to solder around. Hope you have a steady hand. Reminds me a little of assembling multi-channel cable for a specific recording device, only I imagine the firewire thing is smaller or is it surface mount, can't tell.

Good luck

Jul. 21st, 2008 04:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks, I'm gonna need it :(

It's not the actual soldering that had me worried, it's finding the 29 (!) screws that hold the casing together and opening it rather than cracking it open. The biggest ones are about 4mm in length the smaller ones about 2mm.
Jul. 21st, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
29 little screws. yikes!
Jul. 22nd, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Well... either the pin wasn't the original problem or the broken pin caused some secondary damage. Even with the new socket the firewire connection won't be established. I saw some flashes of "iLink" in the display now and then but even they have disappeared. Seems the chip in the camcorder is toast. Everything else seems to work though (even with three screws left after putting it back together ;)
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