Question 1. Turn off OL and change the preferences for the device to not use OL but PR. Make that the default.
Question 2. Did you change the firewire driver in Device Manager to use the driver with 'Legacy' in the description?
the suite wants to shift to OnLocation
Huh? You open Premiere, you hit F5 for the capture utility, and it opens OnLocation?
Not quite. Regardless of whether Premiere is open, as soon as the camera connects it opens OnLocation. I then try to close OnLocation and switch to Premiere, but OL tends to crash and restart. When OL is open, the capture feature in Premiere didn't work.
I did get it working for a short time today, I found that by officially 'exiting' OL rather than clicking 'X' I didn't freeze up like it had before. I would provide more info, but now the camera isn't being detected at all through the firewire connection (and I don't have a 2nd calbe to test).
For the legacy driver, I switched to the legacy driver & rebooted the computer, but am still getting the same "can't activate" error message for both cameras. For me that's the most important thing.