Solving FireWire Connectivity Problems

FireWire is a great form of connectivity. It's fast, convenient, painless, and inexpensive. One cable is all it takes to get data from one device to another, with few or no special settings to maintain. But as with all connectivity standards, you can run into problems with it. Here are some troubleshooting tips.

FireWire Connectivity Problems at a Glance

Type of Problem


Possible Cause


Nonmounting FireWire drive

#1: Disconnected FireWire drive doesn't mount

Drive was improperly disconnected

Remount your improperly disconnected drive, page 832


#2: FireWire drive doesn't mount despite correct connection

Bad cable or damaged port

Improve your FireWire connections, page 833

Dropped frames with daisy-chained FireWire drives

#1: Dropped frames during playback and recording to daisy-chained FireWire drives

FireWire drives and DV deck are sharing the same bus

Separate FireWire drives and video devices to separate buses, page 834

Lack of communication with FireWire deck or camera

#1: Insert editing is unavailable with current device

Unsupported device or machine control protocol

Use compatible deck or switch device control protocols, page 836


#2: Log and Capture reports no communication with connected device

Camera or deck not set to DV or HDV (depending on the type of video format you are working with)

Correct your FireWire device settings, page 837


#3: Can't communicate with connected AJ-HD1200A deck

Incorrect menu settings for this deck

Make sure your settings are correct, page 837

Capture interruptions and failures over FireWire

#1: "Unable to Lock Deck Servo" message during capture attempt

In point for capture is too close to first frame of video on tape or preroll setting is too short

Make sure your device can reach needed playback speed, page 838


#2: Interrupted captures and spotty performance when using RAID-0 volumes of FireWire 400 or 800 drives

Conflicts and bottlenecks on shared FireWire bus

Optimize your system for HD through FireWire, page 839

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