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Digital Camcorder-Bad Firewire Cable?

By rayl ·
I'm a Mac user with 10 years of graphic design
experience (on computer) - little "IT" experience.
My question concerns a Sony TRV20 digital
camcorder which connects to a Mac G3 Firewire
port (6-pin, computer -- 4-pin, camcorder). For
two months the Monster-cable I used worked fine
and the iMovie software recognized the camera,
but now, the software cannot see the camera. Is
there any way to "test" a firewire cable to see if
it is functioning properly (or not)? Would it be
better to buy the cable directly from Sony?

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Digital Camcorder-Bad Firewire Cable?

by Gary_W In reply to Digital Camcorder-Bad Fir ...

You can check the continuity of a cable with a cheap little voltmeter from Radio Shack.

Basically you set the voltmeter to the appropriate setting, then touch the probe to either end of the same wire in the cable. The meter shows if the current is flowing through, meaning that the wire is not broken inside.

I have checked many cables this way.

Good luck,
Gary

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