Rebel XTi - piece loose AND it will not take photo!
I accidentally posted this as a solution to someone else's 'loose piece' problem... but they seem to have solved it, that it's the flash... I think my issue is sadly worse:
Sporadically, the camera simply will not take a picture! At first I thought my settings were off (yes, I'm a beginner, be nice), but then I realized it would simply take a bad photo, not refuse to take one at all! So I can't help but think that whatever's come loose inside is a bit more serious. I have to point to the ground, then lift it up slowly, THEN it will take the photo (most times). So for me, I'm thinking it's more than the flash or whatnot previously mentioned. Very frustrating as I just got this camera four months ago, and treat it like a baby!
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Will it fire if you take the lens off AF and set it on M? If so then your release switch may be bad - I see a lot of that. Also there is a screw that comes loose that may be shorting out the auto-focus sensor flex connector. The bottom right screw on the back circuit board always comes loose/out on XT and XTi cameras.
You should not have any problems. ALTERNATE WAY TO TRANSFER PHOTOS TO COMPUTER If your photos are stored on the memory card, then removethe memory card from the camera and insert it into an USB memory card reader.Connect this USB memory card reader and memory card into the USB port of yourworking computer. Your computer will see this as an USB Mass Storage Device oran external storage device; you can then open the folder on the memory card andcopy the photos to your computer.Memory card reader is a handy device and is inexpensive. Youcan copy photos from other cameras and you can also download photos off yourmemory card to someone else's computer without the need of installing anyprograms.
Most Canons don't seem to be able to embed the date on photos unless the resolution is set to "postcard mode", which is 1600 by something pixels. Set to that resolution, and then try to set the date mark feature (it will be greyed out when the resolution is not set to a compatible mode).
I had the same problem with my 400D. It refused to focus. On manual focus I could take pictures though, but not on Auto focus. What happened was I cleaned the mirror with a piece of soft cloth, the spring hooked onto the cloth and came loose.
I took my lens off, checked the mirror, found that the little spring connecting the mirror and the little glass part above the mirror was loose. Took a lot of patience and hours to get it back in. I used a pair of tweezers 2 x toothpicks and a short piece of fishing line (thin line). Go have a look at another 400D how the spring should be clipped in. I used the fishing line to hook the " L " shape of the spring back in after I lined the back part of spring up, since there is no space next to the mirror and the body of the camera.
Like I said. This takes a lot of patience and be prepared to sit for 3 to 4 hours.
You can actually still keep taking photos with your camera without loosing the images. The XTi will never delete the images off a card unless you press the trashcan key and tell it to "delete all".
It's always good practice in these situations to have a memory card reader handy. You can pick up a compact flash reader for your XTi for about $14 at BestBuy or many other retaillers.
But to answer your question: Use the ZoomBrowser EX software that came with the camera. If your Picasa is set to automatically connect and download every time the camera is connected - temporarily disable it. That way it wont inturrupt Canon's software (which I prefer).