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PC wont recognize usb from camera

I have a canon a85 power shot and for some reason my PC wont recognize the usb , It use to work i don't know what has happened i have never downloaded any soft were for it and i don't think i have any now as iv had it for a few years would be great if you could help
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Check the Canon website under support and see if there is a USB download fix for either a PC or a firmware fix for the camera. Also, sometimes when the USB cord is plugged in the camera and the power is still on, when you disconnect it from the computer or camera. it's like adding a little spike or surge and it seriously damages the USB chip inside the camera. Good luck and maybe you can restore it again. An alternative to the USB function working, is pull out the media card and use an external USB media reader to read and download your pictures. Hope this is some help.   

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