For some reason my PC (XP, SP2) is not detecting when I connect a camcorder to it via FireWire. This PC has been used for capturing and editing for years with no problem but suddenly it will no longer detect either of my camcorders. When I plug them in to any of the 3 firewire inputs, I get the "big bong" sound that suggests it knows something has connected, then the computer freezes for a few seconds, and then nothing. "My Computer" shows no hardware connection (it used to show an image of a camcorder), and Premiere Pro says the capture device is offline.
Going into Device Manager, under Hardware, it states that an AVC Device has been connected but no driver installed. When I try to install one I have no luck - I get a message saying "aborted because of a thread exit or application request" OR sometimes it states no new driver any better than current one.
Interestingly my ext harddrive and Ipod have no problems connecting thru the firewire ports.
Any suggestions most welcome!