I read the thread about the bad sony firewire, but I'm having trouble with my Samsung Camera and the firewire. It can't transfer video via USB and the firewire stopped working. The camera itself responds to the wire but the computer doesn't recognize it. I don't know if it's the firewire or my port that's bad. The port is not external, it's right next to my USB ports on my computer. I'm wondering if it's the firewire (relatively cheap fix) or the port. Also, would a capture card that has the 3 AV jacks be a good alternative? Any help is appreciated.