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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2005, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Why won't my Computer talk to my Camcorder?

I have a Sony Handycam, connected to my Compaq Presario 2100 laptop and they don't talk.

I am talking through an Adaptec Fireconnect PCMCIA card to the computer. I have some Sony Video editing software.

I know all the camera and connectivity hardware works, because I connected it all up to my work laptop, a DELL Latitude D600, and it all works just fine. On the work laptop, I simply plugged it all in, it recognized everything, and it works.

On my personal laptop, when I plug the card in, the camera and the card are initially recognized, but when I try to control the camera via the editing software, as soon as I try to import video, the connection times out, the software locks up, and I am dead in the water.

In addition, my wireless card no longer works in my personal laptop, but it works fine in my company laptop.

So, the common factor is- the PCMCIA port within my computer.

I want to check it out and see if it works, see if it is configured wrong, etc.

I have tried a few things........ download updates, tried to get tech support from HP (to no avail), reload drivers, etc., but no luck.

What should I do?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2005, 09:25 PM Thread Starter
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My nonworking laptop is running XP home addition. It has an Athlon processor and 512 Meg Ram.

The working laptop has a Pentium and 1 gig ram, running Windows XP Professional.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2005, 11:02 PM
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Try both pcmcia ports if the card(s) will fit in the upper one (they're stacked on top of each other). But it does sound like the pcmcia slot is bad. If it's still under warranty, it shouldn't be too hard to get a replacement from hp, though their tech support I hear is actually worse than Dell's, and will be a major pain in the ass.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2005, 06:38 AM
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Is it the compaq 2190us? I have the same laptop and before I reformatted it to xp pro I had the same problem(except mine was a wireless network card that wouldn't work). It seems that compaq really screwed up something in their copy of xp they sent with the lappy. Just reformat it to xp pro and save yourself the problem also if you throw a gig of ram in that thing it will really surprise you.

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