Windows Vista and Firewire – INCOMPATIBLE! Reviewed by Momizat on . So you tried to plug in your Digital Camera or iPod using a Firewire connection and wondered, "Hmmmm why is Windows Vista not even detecting the device?" - Well So you tried to plug in your Digital Camera or iPod using a Firewire connection and wondered, "Hmmmm why is Windows Vista not even detecting the device?" - Well Rating:
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Windows Vista and Firewire – INCOMPATIBLE!

So you tried to plug in your Digital Camera or iPod using a Firewire connection and wondered, “Hmmmm why is Windows Vista not even detecting the device?” – Well here’s the answer, it’s quite simple really.

With the new roll out of Windows Vista, rumour has it that Windows Vista does not support Firewire. There is no confirmation whether they ever will, but I doubt it because Microsoft wants to move towards upgrading USB 2.0 instead of using their competitors hardware.

At the same time, I am a little skeptical whether Windows Vista does support Firewire or not. The reason why I say this is because I’m a bit confused. They say Firewire doesn’t work on Vista, then they come up with the following article on the Microsoft Knowledge Base.

KB927827 – Windows Vista does not enumerate an IEEE 1394a device that you connect to the computer

So who knows?

So far, from what I’ve heard and asked many users, Windows Vista does NOT support Firewire – But if you have anymore information on this please let us know 🙂

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  • mattzweck

    i hooked my camecorder up to my laptop with firewire worked for a couple of weeks ago now nothin it says RICOH OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller but no imaging device shows up. it has to be a vista problem

  • james B

    well like the other guy said support and works are two different things. I’ve tried hooking up my Firewire camcorder up to the computer and windows vista and 7 don’t find it but the camera finds the computer just fine. tried the hotfix that is mentioned and nothing still on both OS’es so I’m guessing that windows dropped firewire for usb 2.0 if you ask me buy a mac if you want to stick with firewire or an opensorce OS

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  • Supported and works are 2 differant things. In my experience I have really low transfer speeds over firewire on my Windows 2008 Server installation, 3.3MB/s average, should be 35MB/s average.

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