View Full Version : [SOLVED] Trying to get IEEE1394 to work.

October 12th, 2010, 01:19 PM
I have a Toshiba Tecra M10, and wish to connect a Sony mini DV camcorder. Despite several months of trying on and off I have got nowhere, I hoped updating to 10.10, which apparently has the new Firewire stack as the default would sort it out, but no joy.

I have installed Kino and dvgrab, and launched them from the terminal using gksu and sudo, but just get error messages to the effect that no camera is detected. The `AV/C Device´ box on the IEEE 1394 tab in Kino's preferences is blank.

lspci gives:
06:0b.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ba)
06:0b.1 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)

lsmod|egrep 'firewire|1394' gives:
firewire_sbp2 12767 0
firewire_ohci 21106 0
firewire_core 46643 2 firewire_sbp2,firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 1383 1 firewire_core

I have searched the forum here and the net in general and tried all sorts of things that I probably shouldn't, since I don't really have much idea what I'm doing, so any help would be gratefully received.

October 12th, 2010, 01:31 PM
I have had similar issues with my JVC Mini DV camera. My firewire ports work fine with external hard drives but do not detect these video cameras. Perhaps a driver issue? It would be nice to know which cameras are compatible.

October 13th, 2010, 11:20 AM
I can't even get my Firewire HDD to work, but I've read a bit about this sort of problem and I might be able to give you some pointers. What version of Ubuntu are you using? If you install Kino and launch it from terminal by typing ‘gksu kino’ do you get any further?

October 16th, 2010, 02:39 PM
I have now resolved my problem with some help from elsewhere, in case it is of use to anyone else, I typed

tail -f /var/log/kern.log

into terminal and this showed that the IEEE1394 was working with my external drive, but not with the camcorder (which uses a different cable), this lead me to suspect my new cable and I purchased another one, my camcorder now shows up in Ubuntu as it should.

October 26th, 2010, 04:52 PM
I am not able to get kino to work on on firewire on the mac mini - I get the error:

WARNING: raw1394 kernel module not loaded or failure to read/write /dev/raw1394!

October 26th, 2010, 09:55 PM
I had the same problem with kino and my old camcorder. So I went to terminal and typed sudo kino and went it started it fixed the problem. I can't remember but it had something to do with loading a module and having permission. Hope this helps.

November 16th, 2010, 06:08 PM
I had a similar problem. I followed the information in the various posts above to get the raw1394 module loaded, but still received the Kino error message :

WARNING: raw1394 kernel module not loaded or failure to read/write /dev/raw1394

verified the module was loaded using


turns out my problem was the /dev/raw1394 was not globally read-writeable, so I changed the permissions

sudo chmod o+rw /dev/raw1394

now I can capture video from my Sony miniDV camera using Kino. YAY!