We bought a regular Flip camera for our daughter this Christmas and when we attach the USB cable to the computer, we get an error that says the USB device is 'malfunctioning' and that it is not recognized. We can't see the camera at all! A quick tour of the 'net shows this isn't a new problem, but not how to fix it. I've tried the camera on different ports and computers but no go, and also tried to locate possible drivers. I've also submitted a question to Flip Digital, but we'd really rather just fix the issue than go through the rigamarole of returning the thing to Amazon. Any ideas? We're running XP Pro on all our computers. Appreciate any help at all.
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You might want to consider 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 any photo cataloging program.
The USB cables supplied with digital cameras are almost all miniUSB to standard USB. The small connector on the cable fits into the camera, but it must be oriented a certain way. If you flip the small end the wrong direction, it won't fit. And sometimes the connection is tight. You can see on the small USB plug that it isn't perfectly symmetrical.
My flip mino hd USB also will not plug into my MacBook Pro. I've tried it on 3 different machines and it will only fit into one port, and not at all easy into that port. When I look at the USB connector on the device, there appears to be slight raised plastic ridged on the outside ends of the connector.
Since that you already used different computer still its not detecting the camera It means the problem is either On the USB cable itself or on the camera USB slot. Because windows XP vista or Windows 7 has a generic driver for all the camera it should detect all the camera thats been inserted on the CPU.
try to used different USB cable and make sure the USB cable is MODEL U-8 thats the right cable for your camera
There is no software for the computer to recognize and it will not download to your computer automatically. This is what you do:
After connecting the usb cable from the camera to your computer, go into my computer and look for the drive, it will probably show up under removable drives. Can you see the drive VTech 733 there? If so, double click on the drive to open it and find the folder named Photos. Your picture should be there.
Turn off CPU, Unplug Power cable, And all usb devices, let it sit for
about 20mins. Plug it all back in. Turn on the CPU! Also make sure if
your device requires "DRIVERS" or if you have a CD download and install
that before anything.
hey, If your driver cd has been installed and the camera shows up in the pc, and it doesnt complain about anything you should be able to view the images by:
1. goto desktop
2. Open my computer
3. now look around for the cameras storage memory, there should be a new drive there. If you now remove the cameras usb cable. and plug it back, keep the my computer open and watch witch drive disapears and comes back.
4. The one that disapeared and came back, is your cameras memory, open it and open the folders with in it to get to your pictures.
5. now that you have found the picture files, you can copy them to your pc, or print them, or send them to a online picture service to have them mail the pictures for you. This costs ofcourse.