Thanks for the info. I've checked Device Manager etc, but still no good, then I found this in the Virtual PC help faq file:
"Q. Does Virtual PC support FireWire peripherals?
A. Virtual PC does not emulate a FireWire chip. Support for FireWire hard drives is available by using Virtual PC's folder sharing feature. Virtual PC does not support streaming video from FireWire, iLink, or IEEE-1394 video cameras."
Looks like I struck out. thanks anyway