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Why does my camera continuously beep?

When I connect the PDC 640 camera to the computer, there is constant beeping. What is causing this?

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Re: Why does my camera continuously beep?

The serial cable supplied with the camera (RS232 serial cable) is not securely connected. Disconnect the cable from the camera and reconnect it -- the beeping should stop. Turn the camera on, then power up the computer. You will hear two short beeps, and the characters "PC" will be displayed in the LCD window. This indicates a proper connection with the computer.

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The camera beeps when we put the card in.


The images you take with your PDC 640 camera are stored on a removable 3.3V SSFDC or SmartMedia 2 MB memory card (also available in 4 MB and 8 MB). Note: You must insert the memory card before you can turn on the camera.

If camera beeps is enabled, the camera beeps if the card is not installed and displays the [ ] message on the Status panel.

To insert the memory card:
1. Make sure the lens cover is closed (the power is off).
2. Open the memory compartment on the side of the camera.
3. Insert the memory card into the slot (gold side of the card facing the front of the camera).
Make sure the card is pushed firmly into the slot. Note: The camera prompts you to format the memory card if it is not formatted. The camera displays the format menu on the LCD viewfinder. Press the button next to Format.
4. Close the memory compartment cover.

If you can, try using a different memory card. Else, your memory card contact terminals inside the camera may have become worn, causing the camera to not recognize the card once it is inserted.

Mar 13, 2011 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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ERROR: code 402 in LED panel


Error code 402 indicates an issue with the SmartMedia card. Make sure that the memory card is properly inserted into the camera. If the card is not the one that was originally packaged with your camera, check to make sure that it meets the camera's requirements. The PDC 640 digital camera accommodates SmartMedia cards at 2 MB, 4 MB and 8 MB capacities. If the condition persists after checking the above, the SmartMedia card may be faulty or corrupted and in need of replacement.

Sep 21, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 M Digital Camera

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ERROR: code 402 in LED panel


Error code 402 indicates an issue with the SmartMedia card. Make sure that the memory card is properly inserted into the camera. If the card is not the one that was originally packaged with your camera, check to make sure that it meets the camera's requirements. The PDC 640 digital camera accommodates SmartMedia cards at 2 MB, 4 MB and 8 MB capacities. If the condition persists after checking the above, the SmartMedia card may be faulty or corrupted and in need of replacement.

Sep 21, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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USB port with the PDC 640 camera?


The Polaroid PDC 640 digital camera connects to an available 9-pin serial port only -- it does not support the use of a USB/serial converter. However, you can use a SmartMedia Card Reader with the camera's reremovable memory to download the images via the USB port to your computer.

Sep 21, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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How do I the delete images so I can re-use the memory card?


To delete photos from the SmartMedia memory card in your camera, you must first download them to your computer. Follow this procedure to transfer your photos from the camera to your computer: 1. Make sure that your PDC 640 is connected to your computer and both are turned on. The "PC" icon should appear on the status panel on the top of the camera. 2. Open the PhotoMAX application on your PC. 3. Click Get Photo. Note: If you are using PhotoMAX Pro to transfer pictures, you need to select PDC 640 Camera from the Select Source dialog box (select File > Acquire > Select Source), and then select File > Acquire. 4. Click Album or flashPath. 5. Select the album in which you want to save your images, or click New Album to create a new album. 6. Click Camera or Scanner. 7. Select PDC 640 from the Sources list on the Select Source window, and then click Select. The PDC 640 Twain Driver window opens. 8. Click Get All to transfer all the images in the camera memory to your computer, or select the images you want to transfer to your computer and click Get Selected. The images are transferred to the selected album, which is located in the PhotoMAX Albums folder. The PDC 640 Twain Driver window closes. 9. To edit a picture, double-click the image in the album that you want. The image appears in the image tray.

Sep 21, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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My system locks up when I attempt to download images from my PDC 640 camera.


While it appears that the system is locking up, the actual problem is that a message prompt in the PhotoMAX 2.0 software is hiding beneath other open windows and needs to be answered before proceeding. In this instance, the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window has been preset to always be the "top" window, obscuring any other windows that may be open behind it. The PhotoMAX 2.0 window must be "active" (or "brought to the top") to answer any message prompts. Once the message prompt is answered, you will be able to download images. To deactivate the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window's "Always on Top" preset: 1. Launch the PhotoMAX application. 2. Select Get Photo. 3. Select Camera or Scanner. The Acquire From window appears. 4. Select Twain device and click OK. The Select Source window appears. 5. Highlight PDC 640 and click Select. The album window appears next, followed by the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window. 6. Right-click on the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window and deselect (i.e. uncheck) "Always on Top". To move the PhotoMAX 2.0 window forward: 1. Launch the PhotoMAX application. 2. Click on Get Photo. 3. Click on From Album. 4. When the album opens, answer YES to the question "The contents of this album have been changed. Do you want to save the changes?". 5. Click on the Acquire icon at the top of the album window to select the PDC 640 camera and download the thumbnails from the camera. Your system will no longer appear to lock up.

Sep 14, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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Can I use a Polaroid digital camera as a web camera?


None of the Polaroid digital cameras listed below can be used as a "web cam." All of these models are designed for taking still images only. DMC/DMC 1e DMC2 Fun! Digital 320 Fun! 620 Fun! Flash 640 Fun! Flash 640 SE Fun! Flash 820 MP3 Digital Camera Olympus C-211Z PDC 300 PDC 640 PDC 640CF PDC 640M PDC 640 Plus PDC 700 PDC 800 PDC 1100 PDC 1300 PDC 1320 PDC 2000/3000 PDC 2300Z

Sep 14, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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Is it possible to install only the TWAIN driver for my PDC 640 camera?


Yes, you may install the PDC 640 camera TWAIN driver only. The PDC 640 TWAIN driver can be used with most TWAIN compliant image editing software. The most current driver is available for download on our website and is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, 2000 and XP (there is no compatibility with Windows NT at this time).

Sep 14, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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What accessories are available for the PDC 640 and what are their part numbers?


The following accessories for the PhotoMAX PDC 640 camera are available for purchase by contacting Polaroid's Parts Department: Serial cable part # 118082 Video cable part # 109404A AC adapter part # 118079 Camera case part # 100-806003-0 Hand strap part # 1BM857A PhotoMAX software version 2.02 part # 101815B

Sep 14, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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Can I use the PDC 640 camera with Windows XP?


Yes -- with some minor modifications, you should be able use your PDC 640 camera with a computer running Windows XP.

Sep 14, 2005 | Polaroid PhotoMax PDC 640 Digital Camera

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