How to Use Dazzle DVC 80 in Windows Vista

by Theon Weber

Pinnacle's Dazzle DVC80 is designed for transferring video from some external source -- a camera, camcorder or VCR -- to a computer via USB. Since the DVC80 is fairly old, the software that powers it, called a "driver," is designed for Windows XP and may have trouble running in Windows Vista. Fortunately, you can tell Vista to run the driver in "compatibility mode," tricking it into thinking it's running under XP and allowing you to use your DVC80 without trouble.

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Download the Dazzle DVC-80 driver. Visit Driverscollection.com, click "Search," and enter "dazzle dvc80" in the "Simple Search" box. When the search results appear, click "Download Pinnacle Dazzle DVC80 Driver 2.0.19." Enter the letters that appear into the text box and click "Download File."

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Browse to the location of the downloaded file, which is called "PCLEUSB.exe." Right-click it, then click "Properties." Click the "Compatibility" tab, check "Run this program in compatibility mode for," and choose "Windows XP (Service Pack 2)" from the drop-down menu. Also check "Run this program as an administrator," then click "OK."

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Double-click the file to run it and follow the on-screen instructions to install the driver.

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Plug your Dazzle DVC80 into one of your computer's USB ports. Windows will automatically detect the hardware, search for the driver, and find the one you installed. You should now be able to access the Dazzle and use it as an input device in any video capture program you want to use.

About the Author

Theon Weber has been a professional writer and critic since 2006, writing for the Village Voice, the Portland Mercury, and the late Blender Magazine. He was a staff writer at the Web-based Stylus Magazine from 2005 to its closure in 2007.