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You also may have a faulty hot shoe adapter or pc cord. Check them with an ohm meter, or with an old 35 mm camera. Or just short out the hot shoe contacts with a piece of metal and see if the strobes flash.
Have you installed Sierra Image Expert, with this installed go to menue item Camera, and click on View or Get All etc.I do have a problem with this program in that it will not make a new directorey but this can be overcome by first making the new directorey with Explorer.
The sound on the camera can be adjusted or turned down.
I bought a 3000Z but can't get it to download using USB, it works
ok using the serial port, but that is very slow. I'm using Windows
98 SE. My USB ports are ok because I use other devices on them.
When trying to hook up the camera I never get a new hardware
found indication, I tried MS and Epson online for possible driver
updates and couldn't find anything to help. I'm thinking there is
a problem with the camera. It also makes a rather loud snap type
sound when the shutter button is pressed, this may be normal but
it seems louder than I've heard on other digital cameras. Anyone
have any suggestions or should I send the camera back as defective?
I have tried a couple of external flashes on the 3000Z. It is my understanding from reading various Internet posts (and I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong) that, other than triggering the flash to go off, there is no communication between the external flash in the hot shoe of the 3000Z and the 3000Z itself. Settings need to be made manually in the manual mode to set the f-stop and the aperture to get good exposures. The Metz flashes are expensive. Most have opted to use less expensive flashes such as the Vivitar 283/383, or a Sunpak, or even a "Wal-mart" flash. I chose an inexpensive bounce flash with a secondary "fill-in" flash to get rid of the shadows sometimes seen with indoor bounce flash pics. I purchased the Phoenix 82ZBDA Multi-dedicated twin flash from Porter's Photo Catalogue for $37.95. This flash works fine, but is not that powerful (GN 79 ). If you need a more powerful flash, you might consider the Vivitar 383.
If you have a version of Image Expert from a different camera, printer, or other product, make sure you install the version of Image Expert included on your PhotoPC 3000Z Software CD-ROM and use it when you are connecting to your camera. The correct version is named Image Expert - PhotoPC 3000Z (version 1.8.7).
If you see an error message or the software doesn't install correctly, you may not have software installation privileges. Contact your System Administrator. In Windows 2000, do not select Block under Control Panel > System > Hardware > Driver Signing, or your driver installation will not be completed. Select Ignore or Warn instead. In Windows 2000, if you see a "Digital Signature Not Found" screen, click Yes to continue with the installation. If you select No, your camera's USB installation won't be completed.