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I have a sony dslr a100 and when I hook up the camera to my usb port my computer won't detect the camera,my card reader does'nt support CF cards.

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  • juxtapose777 Mar 08, 2009

    I tried w/ the camera on and off.I feel sure that I need a driver but have not been able to find the drivers online through sony.I just keep getting led to DRIVER DETECTIVE which I have no use for.

    Thanks for your help-

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Was your camera off when you connected it to the pc? It has to be off in order to work. Also, Does your camera require drivers? You might have to have the driver installed in your pc order to work.
Also, did you plug in your camera to your pc and go to my computer to see if it's listed there as a drive?

Rob

Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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    Rob Mar 08, 2009

    I found your drivers through Sony. (you just gotta know what where to look...and which arm to break. LOL).



    Just go here:

    http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/select-...



    Under Type it, choose canada, then pick your camera, and on the next page (down alittle ways) pick your operating system. Give it a sec, then scroll down for what you need. Let me know if you need more help. And you can re-rate my solution if you think it deserves. Thanks.



    Rob

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