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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). 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 any photo management program such as Picasa: Organize edit and share your photos
It sounds like a lens issue... Try: 1. cleaning lens (carefully!) 2. Could be condensation I suppose. Unlikely but make sure its fully warmed up and dry. 3. It could be a lens element misaligned possibly due to impact damage. Needs pro repair then. 4. Just a wild thought - it's not been left permanantly in some close-up mode giving a very out of focus effect?
Sounds as if the memory card has corrupted data on it now. You will need to format the memory card. This will permanently erase all the data from the card and then you will be able to use it again. To format the card: Press the Menu button - right arrow to Setup Menu - right arrow to Format- Press Ok. You will see format yes or no. Choose Yes and press ok. This will clear the write protect and picture error messages and the card can be used again.
Sounds as if the memory card may be corrupted. In order to remove the write protect, make sure you have downloaded and saved all of the images from the memory card to your computer and then having the card in the camera you will need to run the format option and this will permanently remove the write protect as well as all of the images from the card.
The card should be able to be used again after the write protect is removed.
You can try to reset the camera to factory defaults to see if this improves the monitor. You go to Menu and then left arrow to Reset and press Ok. Up arrow to Yes and Press ok this will put the camera back in factory default settings. If the screen still shows as pixelated, you might try to do a function of the camera called Pixel Mapping. Go to Menu and then right arrow to Setup then down arrow to Pixel Mapping - right arrow to Start and then the camera will try to repair the CCD processing chip inside the camera. If after this completes if the screen is still pixelated, then you want to send it to an Olympus service center for repair.
I had the same exact problem.The lens is not extending out fully or correctly, probably has broken or damaged gear or gears and needs to be replaced. Expensive repair done by Olympus. It is a very tricky and fragile repair on your own, requiring micro screwdrivers and soldering tool. I replaced my own lens but it was hard to find one.