Whenever I put a memory card in my computer or attempt to connect my camera to my computer using the USB plug, absolutely nothing happens. I've searched in Device Manager and nothing is even listed. I used to be able to do this and one day it just stopped working.
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First - have you ever used this memory card in this camera with this card reader connected to this computer - or is one or more "new to to the mix"? If so, which are new?
The obvious stuff is what I like to check out first.. check that the reader is connected to the computer's USB port (switch to a different port if it is and see if your computer displays a message indicating it is installing drivers / reading the memory card). Make sure the card is in the correct slot. Many readers can accept several different memory cards in two or more different slots - make sure you have inserted yours in the correct slot - and oriented properly. The card should slip in easily - not forcing should be required. Some readers maybe connected via USB "hub" that requires power - if yours is set up this way, make sure the power pack is plugged it.
Still nothing? Make sure there are images on the memory card. You should be able to reinsert the card into your camera and play them back on it. If they do play, remove the card and attempt to play them on the camera again - if they play this time, that tells me the images are in the camera's internal memory - not the removable memory card. You will need to transfer them from the camera - not the memory card if this is the case.
If you're still having trouble, please provide the camera & card reader name & model and if you're using Windows or something else. Finally, what is the name model and memory capacity of the memory card? Good luck!
Here are some steps to run through to make sure the camera works as you'd expect it:
Ensure that all cables are properly secured from the computer to the camera.
Ensure that the memory card has not been dislodged from the camera.
the camera's memory socket and the memory card for debris. A can of
'compressed air' can work wonders (typically available at any computer
Make certain that the port connecting the camera
to the computer is not damaged. Look for any bent pins in the camera's
memory slot. Try replacing the camera cable. If the camera uses a USB
port, try another USB port. If you don't have another USB port
available, try plugging in another USB device to verify that the USB
port is working.
Check the power source on the camera. If
you're using batteries while attempting to transfer the pictures to the
PC, try changing your batteries, recharge the batteries, or use an A/C
Try reinstalling the digital camera software on
your computer. In most cases, reinstalling over top of the existing
software will resolve this issue.
Take the media out of
the digital camera and attempt to download it to another computer. If
all else fails, try formatting the camera media. Most newer-generation
digital cameras equipped with an LCD screen have a menu option that can
format your media.
The problem I believe is the sequence or flow of the connection. With the camera turned off. Connect the USB cable to a computer USB port and the other end to the camera digital port turn the camera on by using the "Playback" button here is a diagram
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You know there is an easier and better way of transferring picture files and that's by using a memory card reader. A memory card reader plugs into the USB port of a computer and the camera memory card is inserted into the reader slot. The computer then looks at this as an external Hard Drive. Both methods will need you to format the memory card after the images have been downloaded to the computer. Formatting the memory card in the camera in which it is to be used will clean the card and making it compatible with the camera both the camera and memory card can then communicate without errors.
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.
You can connect the memory card of your camera to your computer by two ways.
First if your computer has a built in card reader on it where you can connect the memory card from your camera that will do and your computer will automatically detect the memory card when connected.
Second if you don't have a memory card reader built in on your computer , you need to go get one from any electronic or computer store near your place. You just connect the memory card to the card reader and then connect the card reader to a USB port on your computer and when already recognized by the computer is ready for file transfer.
You should make sure the memory card slot does not have dust in it and you should also try putting the memory card into another computer,to see if it will work if it do not work the memory card is bad.
The "odd shaped port" you are referring to is most likely:
The Express Card slot (replacing the slot known as “PC-Card” replacing the slot formerly known as “PCMCIA”) are the biggest standard slot on a laptop designed to handle stuff like wireless cellular modems with antenna and micro hard drives. Most people won’t ever use this slot, but it’s a lot faster than it’s old relatives now that it connects directly to PCI-Express. From: www.geek.com
Do NOT put your memory card from your computer into that slot. Since you have indicated that the USB cable connector option will not work, you will have to go out and buy a memory card reader that is compatible with you memory card. They are relatively inexpensive and easy to find at most electronics stores. Plug in the card reader (USB) and seat in your memory card and the OS of your laptop should detect the card and allow you to download the pictures.
There is an alternate way of downloading images from the memory card from the camera. Get a USB memory card reader, remove the memory card from the camera, insert it into the card reader, then plug the card reader into the USB port of your computer. You will now see card reader as an external memory device, open the folder and copy your photos onto your hard drive.
The memory card reader on your computer may not be able to read memory cards over certain capacities (4 GB).
To use your higher capacity memory card without locking up the computer, do one of the following:
If you are using the card in a camera or other device, you can attach the device to the computer using a USB or FireWire cable. When connected, most devices appear in Windows as a Removable Disk and can be used in the same way as the card reader.
Purchase a USB memory card reading device that plugs into any open USB port. Make sure the USB device is capable of reading SDHC. These devices are fairly inexpensive and can be used in any computer that has a USB port.
If the card reader stops working after using Safely Remove Hardware, reset the cable connections and memory card firmware.
Memory card appears in My Computer but errors occur when writing or reading If you are having problems reading and writing data to memory cards, use the following troubleshooting tips:
Try a different memory card of the same type in the same slot. If the different memory card works, the card reader is good and the original memory card should be replaced.
Some cards have a read/write security switch on the card. Make sure that switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to it.
Make sure that the amount of data you attempted to store has not exceeded the capacity of the card.
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for dirt or material closing a hole or spoiling a metal contact. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small amounts of isopropyl alcohol. Replace the memory card if necessary.
Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash (1, 2, and Microdrive), Memory Stick, MultiMedia, Secure Digital, or SmartMedia memory cards.
Make sure the memory card is fully inserted into the slot. Remove the memory card when the light is not flashing and shine a light into the empty slot. Are any small pins inside bent? Replace the memory card reader or have the computer serviced if a pin is touching another pin. Straighten slightly bent pins while the computer is off using the tip of a mechanical pencil.