When I try to transfer images from my XTi to my pc, a red light on the camera flashes "busy" and the EOS Utility screen on the PC says it can't find the camera....this has happened each time I've tried to transfer images and somehow it finally works....any suggestions of what to do???
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Try restarting your computer or try it on a different computer, "Busy" usually means something is preventing your computer from reading the camera. If that does not help,try calling Radio shack or Staples.
I have had the same problem with getting a busy signal after plugging in the USB cord. Usually turning it on and off a few times, giving it a few seconds in between, works for me. Also, have you tried just going into My Computer and clicking on the drive for the USB you've got you're camera plugged into and transferring the photos onto your pc from there? They only go onto your pc, not into a program but you can get them into one from there.
I believe there are 2 modes of usb transfer that you can pick in the camera. They are set somewhere in the menu in the options. If you go through the menus thoroughly you'll find it. One option is for connecting the camera directly to a printer and the other is for computer transfer (there might also be an Auto setting but I don't remember for sure). Make sure that setting is set for computer transfer. If that doesn't fix your problem, re-install or update EOS Utility / ZoomBrowser.
In your case it seems like the software is the problem, try uninstalling it completly and reinstalling it back after a restart of your machine, also check this: http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/digitalphotography/takeit/transfer.mspx
If this does not solve the problem then try using any other software for downloading pics from your camera or simply use the windows built in feature like:
Going to my computer, and check if you can see your camera drive there and simply copying and pasting from there. (see if this helps you).
I hope it helps you!
Seems to be a common problem with the XTi. Some say it's designed to underexpose to avoid washing out the bright parts of scene. Personally I found it a pita. I had to PhotoShop each shot.So I sent it back to the repair facility. They re-calibrated it. Now it works fine.