I've tried searching for the repair instructions on the "external ground wire fix" for the Dazzle Hollywood DV but I've had no luck yet (it's an incredibly ancient post that I assume has been archived).
Does anybody have the instructions that they can repost? (or even a picture of it)
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I think what you are looking for is burried among the comments for the card itself at https://www.videohelp.com/capturecards/dazzle-hollywood-dv-bridge/43
Just in case you weren't aware of it, when the regular site search does not find the desired information, sometimes the Google site search (located at the top right-hand corner of the VH page) will turn up additional hits.
Originally Posted by usually_quiet
I had actually found this report earlier as well (through google) but it itself references a "prior posting" that describes the "external ground wire fix". It is the instructions in this "prior posting" that I am hoping to someone will repost.
Thanks though for your quick reply.
Originally Posted by mk2000
The Dazzle HB has grounding problems that causes the unit "not to be" recognized by the OS. After search on Google, I found that the ground part of the "DC power input" must be shorted with the ground of the internal circuit. You can easily achieve this by shorting the two grounds:
- the DC power input connects to the back of the bridge. The outer part of the DC power connector is the ground.
- the 6-pin to 6-pin cable output (that runs to the Firewire port on the PC) is located just above the DC-in. The outer part of the 6-pin connector is the ground.
- Insert a thin wire that will short the two grounds
The above is the crude method. The professional method is to open the unit, locate the two grounds and solder a small wire to both the grounds that will restore a permanent connection. I have done it this way and now the unit works flawless.
Originally Posted by jagabo
Although honestly I was hoping for a repost with pictures and such (but life is not so easy).
So I proceeded to take out my craptastic RS Cold Heat soldering tool and noob my way through the procedure.
I THINK I did it correctly as it now works "more frequently" versus before when it did not work at all.
However, there's a big difference between "more frequently" and "all the time". I'll probably end up buying another solution (maybe a CANOPUS ADVC110?).
Anyhow, here's a picture my soldering work for those text impaired (like me).
If this looks wrong to someone on this forum and thinks that I should modify my work please let me know.
Hard to tell from your photo, but that looks like it's going from the PS ground to the number 2 ground pin on the FireWire socket.
FireWire pinout from Pinouts.ru: http://pinouts.ru/Slots/ieee1394_pinout.shtml
The diagram is from the cable end, I believe. If so, the socket is the reverse of that.
I don't know about the wiring but I have a photography trick for you: Put a magnifying glass in front of the camera's lens to make a poor man's macro lens!