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I'm having problems transferring my pics from my canon powershot A540 to my computer. I've uninstalled and reinstalled the zoombrower program, recharged the camera batteries and restarted the computer. Usually as soon as I open the program and turn the camera on, the display screen on the camera opens.....but right now...nothing!!! Any suggestions?? Peggy

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Try 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 ZoomBrowser or Picasa.

Posted on Oct 28, 2012

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SOURCE: Canon PowerShot A540 Digital...Problem

To view the pictures on the computer, remove the card from the battery compartment and put it in a card reader connected to your computer.

Posted on Mar 25, 2008

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SOURCE: Connecting the Canon Powershot A540 to a computer

First you should have a program installed in your computer to transfer your pictures, best is canon's.
Once the USB cable is connected you should turn your camera on, automatictly the program detects your camera and asks you to press the transfering button. Good Luck.

Posted on Nov 11, 2008

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Please see the following blog article, as it describes the use of a card reader as a much easier, faster, and less error prone way to download your photos. In fact there are several important reasons discussed in the article for using a card reader vice downloading from the camera. USB Card readers are also very inexpensive these day, with cost virtually not an issue: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-do-i-download-photos-or-pictures.html

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SOURCE: How to use the timer on Canon PowerShot A540...

From the menu, select Drive Mode (third item from the top) then one of the self-timer options.

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I have been trying to download my photos from Canon A540 Dig Camera - previously I would simply plug into my computer and instantly the Canon software would pick up I was trying to transfer images and...


What OS does your computer have? If you open the file explorer (Computer or My Computer), is the camera listed among the devices with removable storage? If it is, the problem is that auto-run has been turned off by Windows (this is a security issue) for removable media. (It applies to flash drives too.)

Treat the camera as removable media and either launch the software first and then choose File > Open > the camera or click on the pictures on the camera by opening the Camera folders. The software should launch if the default program association has not been changed. (In Windows 7, click Start > Control Panel > Programs > Default Programs.)

I hope this helps.

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I just got a new computer and need to download pictures from my powershot A540 digital camera but cannot remember what or how I once downloaded pics on my old computer. I have the usb port and need...


You can download Canon software from
http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer/digital_cameras/powershot_a_series/powershot_a540#DriversAndSoftware

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. Or you can use any photo cataloging program.

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My computer will not detect my camera when connected.


Suggest with the camera disconnected from the computer, you uninstall, then reinstall the Canon software. (Start>Control Panel>Add/Remove Programs, or Start>All Programs>Canon>Uninstall) Windows is a 'funny animal', and drivers need to be occasionally reinstalled.

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Cannot trasfer pics from Canon Powershot A540 to computer.


Try 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 ZoomBrowser or Picasa.

Dec 28, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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Connecting the Canon Powershot A540 to a computer


First you should have a program installed in your computer to transfer your pictures, best is canon's.
Once the USB cable is connected you should turn your camera on, automatictly the program detects your camera and asks you to press the transfering button. Good Luck.

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1. Change USB cable
2. Make "Format" command at camera
3. Change SD memory card

Jan 04, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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Upload non-Canon pictures to Canon A540


Upload from the camera using the usb cord to your computer..
dont try to write to the sd card while connected to the computer.

Jan 04, 2008 | Canon PowerShot A540 Digital Camera

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Canon PowerShot A540 Digital...Problem


To view the pictures on the computer, remove the card from the battery compartment and put it in a card reader connected to your computer.

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I see black on my canon A540 screen


press the "disp" buton two to three times.
but are u able to take pictures and transfer it to your computer?

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