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Connection to PC problem

I get a message, "Connection error, Check printer" when I connect the camera to my laptop through the USB connection. This has never happened before. Usually a dialog box just pops up and I can transfer pictures over right away. Any similar experiences and hopefully solutions?

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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 such as Picasa.

Posted on Aug 25, 2012

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SOURCE: USB Connection problem Optio S4

have you turned the camera ON after connecting the cables? Next, does this USB port on the computer work with other USB devices such as memory sticks? My O555 has a USB socket that feels really "fragile" and I fear I will damage the socket with improper insertion (alignment seems touchy). I bought an external USB card reader and am really happy with that. You don't use up battery power transferring your files. Much better solution, IMO.

Posted on Sep 08, 2005

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SOURCE: plug usb lead into side of camera pc does not recognise camera so cannot pictures from memory card to pcdownload

After trying different suggestions I inserted the c d that came with the camera while the transfer cable was still attached to the camera, and this seamed to solve the problem, the p c read the memory card and recognised the camera and all went well from there.

Posted on May 05, 2009

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SOURCE: PC won't pick up camera connection

You need to reinstall the driver that will make your computer to see your camera. The driver for the hardware must have been corrupted, re-installing this driver will solve the problem. if you have a cd application that came along with your camera, it will be better if you use that to repair the damage driver by installing the software unto your system. Thanks

Posted on Sep 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Power surge on USB port

disconnecting other USB devices does not work. I contacted Live support on pentax site and they said issue is fault in circuit card in camera which requires shipping back, and paying for repair. They knew right away what issue is, so probably fairly common.

Work around is to copy images from internal card to memory card and then just use a card reader to get pictures. Thats easier or at least cheaper then sending in for repair.

Posted on Nov 13, 2009

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SOURCE: USB port is not detecting my digital cameral.

Time to start using a separate card reader. 977ad3d.jpg

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What type of printer are you having a problem with? Is it on and do you see any error messages on the printer? How is it connected to the computer? Do you have the driver installed? Some printers need to have the driver installed with a USB connection before moving to a network install. (For all-in-ones, the driver/software must be installed before you connect the data cable.)

If a wired connection, try new cables (fully seated) and different ports. If it is a USB connection, try a direct connection if the printer is connected to a USB hub or print server. Make sure that the cord is 6' or shorter. Check if other devices work. (I've seen a few computers loose their USB ports for no apparent reason. On desktops, try rebooting the computer and uninstalling the USB drivers and rebooting again. This is in the Device Manager for Windows machines. On a few laptops, sometimes removing the battery and the power adapter will reset the ports.)

For network connections, make sure that your network is up and that you aren't getting signal loss issues (for wireless networks). Try a wired connection to check for network loss. To check a network, I tend to check a few points with the ping command. For Windows, launch the Command prompt and ping the numerical IP location of your router. Then ping the IP location of the DNS server. Can you see the printer on your list of network places. (The format for ping is
ping 192.168.1.1 or ping www.google.com followed by enter. The returned message will be either the time for a small packet of data to go to the location and return or a connection timed out.)

If you are losing your network connection, reboot your router and broadband modem. (Try rebooting the router first.) Make sure your firewall is not blocking access to the printer.

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Most of the issues can be solved by either reinstalling the software or by disconnecting and reconnecting the device.
In this case we can close in on three solutions
1) The USB drive in the system is not functioning. Try connecting any other USB devices to the same USB port and check whether it works or not. If the other device works well then it could be a problem with the data cable or with the port in the camera (usually firewire)

2) The data cable used to transfer data might have become faulty.Try using another data cable if possible and still the same issue continues then try connecting another camera to the system and if the other camera gets detected then the problem must be with the camera.

3) Try connecting the same camera to another system and see whether the camera gets detected. If no, then the port in the camera is defective.

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"Connection failed" -- USB connection


The "Connection failed" error message indicates a communications problem in the USB connection between the camera and the computer. Simply put, the computer cannot find the camera it is being asked to connect with. There is usually no single "most likely" reason for the conflict -- it could be a hardware issue as easily as it could be a software issue. Fortunately, the most common causes of this error message are also the most easily identified: * Make sure that the computer's operating system is USB compatible. Microsoft Windows 95 and NT operating systems are not compatible with USB technology. (In addition, PhotoMAX and PhotoImpression software cannot be installed on Windows NT systems.) If you have an incompatible operating system, you must upgrade to Windows 98, Me or 2000 to use a USB connection. Your computer must also have the appropriate USB connectors. NOTE: This camera cannot make a USB connection with a computer running Windows XP. * Make sure that the camera power is on. Follow the camera instructions to turn the camera on. Some cameras conserve battery power by turning off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity. If necessary, install new batteries or connect the camera to AC power (if it has an AC power adapter). * Make sure that the camera is correctly set to access images. Make sure the camera is turned on and that its mode dial (if it has one) is correctly set for transferring pictures to the computer. Refer to the camera user guide for more information. * Make sure that the camera cable has not been damaged or become disconnected from the computer. Confirm that both of the connectors are firmly attached. Check the cable for breaks, kinks or other defects, and check the connectors for bent or broken pins. If the cable is broken or kinked, obtain a new cable.

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The "Camera not connected" error message indicates a communications problem in the USB connection between the camera and the computer. Simply put, the computer cannot find the camera it is being asked to connect with. There is usually no single "most likely" reason for the conflict -- it could be a hardware issue as easily as it could be a software issue. Fortunately, the most common causes of this error message are also the most easily identified: * Make sure that the computer's operating system is USB compatible. Microsoft Windows 95 and NT operating systems are not compatible with USB technology. (In addition, PhotoMAX and PhotoImpression software cannot be installed on Windows NT systems.) If you have an incompatible operating system, you must upgrade to Windows 98, Me, 2000 or XP to use a USB connection. Your computer must also have the appropriate USB connectors. * Make sure that the camera power is on. Follow the camera instructions to turn the camera on. Some cameras conserve battery power by turning off automatically after a few minutes of inactivity. If necessary, install new batteries or connect the camera to AC power (if it has an AC power adapter). * Make sure that the camera is correctly set to access images. Make sure the camera is turned on and that its mode dial (if it has one) is correctly set for transferring pictures to the computer. Refer to the camera user guide for more information. * Make sure that the camera cable has not been damaged or become disconnected from the computer. Confirm that both of the connectors are firmly attached. Check the cable for breaks, kinks or other defects, and check the connectors for bent or broken pins. If the cable is broken or kinked, obtain a new cable.

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