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Uploading Video Problems

Recently, my camera when I hook it up to my computer, will not read on the computer. I thought it was the USB cord that was screwed up, so I got a different one, but that one didn't work either. I fear it is something wrong with the camera itself. Any suggestions?

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Re: Uploading Video Problems

Hopefully it's just a usb port voltage problem. If you have other usb peripherals connected, try removing them and conecting your cam again. Secondly try using a different usb port.

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