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Get photos onto iPhoto?

I have a Canon Powershot A430, and I've taken pictures, opened iPhoto (I have a MacBook), plugged the camera in through FireWire, and nothing's happening! Can anyone help me out?

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  • NJaneB Jan 26, 2009

    Same problem here. I have a Canon A530. Never happened before, but now iphoto won't open automatically when I hook up to import. I'm wondering if it's a problem with my usb...?

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Try NOT connecting your camera to your computer.


The best way to download pictures from your camera to your computer involves removing the memory card from the camera and plugging it into a card reader (either built-in to the computer or connected via USB or FireWire). This is likely to be faster than connecting the camera to the computer, and won't run down your camera's batteries.


Once the card is plugged in, it will appear to your computer as a removable drive. You can use the operating system's drag&drop facility to copy pictures from the card to the computer's hard drive, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use iPhoto or any other photo cataloging program.

Posted on Nov 02, 2012

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SOURCE: Canon Powershot A430 horizontal lines problem

have opened my camera. (it was useless anyway, right?) GUess what I found: in the lens-assembly there is a ribbon cable that controls the two solenoids, one of the shutter, one of the diafragm (or what it's called). This one is broken, the electric circuits are discontinued and so there is no control. It seems to be a design error since it broke exactly where the ribbon bends at 180 degrees almost with no place for a loop most of the focussing time. Can anyone find out where to find a NEW replacement ribbon cable? 847a466.jpg

Posted on May 03, 2008

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SOURCE: Powershot A430 canon camera battery problem

Alkaline batteries just don't have the power for more than a few pics in a digital camera. Some may have reached their shelf life, and though brand new may even have problems just powering startup of the camera. Digital cameras for the most part should only be used with rechargeable NiMH batteries. Retailers sell these for around $7 for a package of four (about $15-19 for the batteries with charger). Keep in mind they'll save you big bucks in the long run over alkalines, AND they'll last for at least 100 pictures per charge (and probably many many more). You'll be very pleased with their performance, and may slap yourself for not buying them sooner. When at the store, look on the package for a power rating of at least 2500 mah.

Posted on Aug 29, 2008

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SOURCE: Canon Powershot G3

Actually, you don't need software for an USB cable too. If you have Windows XP, it sees your camera right away and would ask you what to do with that device.

Posted on Feb 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Unable to import photos from Rebel XT to iphoto on mac..."busy"

Try changing the "communication" setting on the camera from "PC Computer" to "PTP"
Menu > Tools2 (wrench/hammer/2) Communication = Print/PTP

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=75336

Posted on Nov 17, 2009

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SOURCE: overexposure

The A430 is prone to fatigue failure of a flex cable internal to the camera that causes these symptoms. Please see this other Fixya article.

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