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Nikon Coolpix S550 transfer problem

Trying to transfer pictures. When I plug into PC via USB, a box comes up. The top says S550, then below says Camera connected. Just below it is suppose to let me Select the program to launch for this this action, nothing is shown. When I try Nikon Transfer program, it does not find my camera. I have tried to uninstall and install Nikon Transfer multiple times. I am running Windows XP Media Center w/service pack 3. FYI: I also have software for my Olympus camera.

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  • sgunder007 Jan 18, 2009

    Thank you for the quick response. That is what I have been doing through the card reader on my printer. I then use the camera to delete all the images once downloaded. It seems to be a problem with plug and play for Windows XP Media. When I plug the camera into my wifes laptop (Windows XP) the plug and play pops up to ask what software to use. Plug and play works fine for my iPod and other devices.

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It's very hard to troubleshoot software problems online, and it likely is a software issue. But as a solution I highly recommend that you instead consider a card reader to download your photos to your computer. They're very inexpensive, much faster downloading photos from the camera, do not use the camera's batteries during download, and are much less prone to file corruption of the photos during the download.

You place the camera's card in the reader, and your computer sees it as a hard drive. You simply copy/paste or drag/drop your photos onto your hard drive. For all of these reasons, most professional photographers utilize card readers exclusively. Really, you'll save yourself a lot of heartache. Here are some examples from Amazon. Also, don't be fooled by the cost. some of the cheap ones work just fine. Go by the reviews. Also make sure you get a reader that is stated capable of reading your card (particularly if you have an SDHC card)::

http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=1232260593/ref=sr_st?keywords=sd+card+reader&rs=172282&page=1&rh=n%3A172282%2Ck%3Asd+card+reader&sort=acrelevancerank

For international readers, here's another source for card readers (free international shipping too :-)

http://www.dealextreme.com/products.dx/category.300

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