My camera cannot connect with my Dell XP laptop computer. I uninstalled the driver, rebooted the computer, installed the latest version of the driver, connected the camera - as told to do. It will not recognize the camera. When I go to device manager, it shows a yellow explanation point under imaging, and it shows the camera there. I've also tried deleting it from there and re-attaching the camera - and rebooting computer. Nothing works.
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Re: Can't connect camera to computer (Windows XP)
It's very hard to troubleshoot software problems online, and it likely is a software issue. But why put up with the headaches of bad software in the first place? Please see the following post, as it describes the use of a card reader as a much easier, faster, and less error prone way to download your photos. Note that card readers are also VERY inexpensive. Just make sure you get one that's stated capable of reading your S200's CF card.: http://camerarepair.blogspot.com/2009/01/how-do-i-download-photos-or-pictures.html
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I'm sorry that the Camera is not recognized by the Computer. Unfortunately, knowing the Operating System is the key element in providing troubleshooting the PC connection. However, I will give you the troubleshooting steps which is general for the compatible Operating Systems for the Camera:
The compatible Operating Systems are as follows:
Mac OS X
Please follow the below troubleshooting steps if your Computer is installed with any of the above mentioned Operating System. Please note that other Operating Systems are not compatible with your Camera.
Please make sure that the connections are secure. Prior to making any adjustments, first ensure you've firmly connected your Camera's USB cable into the USB port on your PC.
Power off and disconnect your Camera from your computer.
Restart your computer.
After your computer is rebooted, connect your camera to your computer using the USB cable provided. Note: Connect your camera to an alternate USB port, preferably on the back of your computer.
Select MTP instead of default PC from the USB select screen appears on the LCD screen after connect the Camera to the Computer.
If the issue persists, please check the Device Manager driver conflicts by following the steps:
Connect the camera to the computer with the USB cable.
Turn on the camera.
Open the Device Manager of the operating system.
Windows 2000 - Right-click the My Computer icon, left-click Properties , left-click the Device Manager tab. XP: Right-click the My Computer icon, left-click Properties , left-click the Hardware tab, left-click the Device Manager button. Windows Vista: Click the Start button, click Control Panel , click System and Maintenance , click the Device Manager button. Windows 7: Click the Start button, click Control Panel , click Hardware and Sound , under Devices and Printers , click Device Manager. You may try the steps before give up even if the Operating System is Windows 7 as it supports many cameras with default driver.
In the Device Manager window, at the left of Universal Serial Bus controllers , click the PLUS (+) symbol.
Under Universal Serial Bus controllers , right-click Sony DSC or USB Mass Storage Device to display the drop-down menu.
In the drop-down menu, click Uninstall or Remove.
In the Confirm Device Removal dialog box, click the OK button.
Restart the computer.
Follow any on-screen instructions to complete reinstallation of the USB driver.
If the issue persists, reset the Camera by removing the battery for more than one minutes and check the operation. I hope following the above troubleshooting steps should definitely resolve the issue. If you require any further assistance, please get back to me with the exact Operating System, I can definitely help you with this. If a PC connection is not recognized by a Computer, most probably it will not be a hardware issue.
Uninstall the camera software from your laptop and try to install it again or you can download it from this Link suitable to your Operating System.
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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.
Did you contact the tech support for your camera? They may be able to give you a less risky solution in comparison to what I am going to tell you.
In the worse case if you cannot find a driver for your camera:
I found that many of the Windows 2000 drivers worked with XP. You will get a warning that the driver is not approved. Just over-ride the warning and install it. Re-start the computer and see if it is working okay.
I would suggest to do an image backup of your complete drive before trying out non XP drivers on your computer. From past experience I had very little problems over the last number of years with Windows 2000 drivers used on XP.
You probably have too many unused devices in your computer, reboot in safe mode, and delete unused device from system devices.
Not enough space here for a longwinded howto, but plenty of info on how to do this on the web.
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Hmmm... Yea sometimes the pc doesn't see the added gizmo your camera.
In which case, I suggest when you connect camera to computer click on "my computer" and you should see your device listed there along with your C drive & so on. Click on the camera icon & viola, you can copy the images from there to your computer.
Yea I had the same experience with PS too, well Elements in particular. And there is a setting (somewhere in Elements Browser window) to turn it off.
Yea to simply download images - it doesn't require any software at all with XP.
I use a card reader & rarely deal with using the camera cable to computer hook up. To use that device you'll remove the card from the camera & stick in the reader & its ALWAYS worked for me. Again you'll have to click on "my computer" to find the images there.
Otherwise --- next step would be to try another usb cable.
Assuming your laptop is XP then it should recognise the camera as another drive.
Have you installed the Camera software that come on a disk?
If so uninstall it and let Windows do the work.
The other way is to invest in a cheap USB card reader
If the removable disk does not appear when you open "My Computer" in Windows, it is possible that the USB drivers are not installed correctly.
Update to the latest version of FinePix Viewer (including the USB drivers). To update FinePix Viewer, you must have the software from the CD-ROM bundled with the product (Utilities for FinePix) already installed.
As an alternative method to updating the software, you can also reinstall the USB drivers. The USB drivers can be reinstalled by installing the software from the CD-ROM again.
If the removable disk is still not displayed after the above measures have been taken, check the following:
Windows system checks
1. You should be using Windows 98, Windows 98SE, Windows ME, Windows 2000 or Windows XP.
2. The Windows XP USB drivers are supported as standard system drivers but are only compatible with Software for FinePix versions 2.0 or later. If you are using an earlier version of the CD-ROM, an update to FinePix Viewer is required.
3. The software cannot be installed properly from "Scanners and Cameras" in the Control Panel.
Digital camera checks
1. Check that the digital camera can play back images on its LCD monitor.
2. On digital cameras with the PC Camera function, select "DSC" as the USB setting. (Refer to the Owner's Manual for your camera for information on specifying the camera settings.)