I have not worked with firewire, but I'll give it a shot.
The firewire is working if there is a entry in lspci
That is the first step in troubleshooting sometimes the hardest.
lspci | grep FireWire gives this:
00:09.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB12LV23 IEEE-1394 Controller
I know the card and cable are working since they were working with Ubuntu, but I find it a little slow on my machine.
The second step is finding the mount point it uses.
So here is a way to find it.
First disconnect the camera.
Now in a terminal as root use this command
watch "dmesg | tail -20"
That should produce some output when you plug in the
If there is output please post it here, if not you can try this command
tail -f /var/log/messages
Try plugging the camera in again and see what output there is and post it here.
I get nothing in dmesg at all. It is like udev is not even recognizing that a firewire device is plugged in. That is fundamentally my problem. Even with the lastest Ubuntu it will recognize the camera was plugged in, but not pass the parameters correctly and will not work with kino or dvgrab. With VL 7.0 I get nothing at all no matter which is the 3 firewire ports the camera is plugged into. As I said, I know it works, but would like it to work with VL 7.
Also please post the name,make,model and version number.
This is with the Texas Instruments FireWire card as seen in the lspci output, Sony TRV-740 (I think) all on Vector Linux 7.0 Standard.
To add to this, manually trying to install raw1394 with modprobe raw1394 give:
FATAL: Module raw1394 not found.
That makes me think I may need to do something more to get this to work.
Thanks for trying to help.