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USB to Computer not connecting

Card is not old, not corrupt as it is still able to be read through the display back on the camera itself. We've tried 3 different cords, 3 different computers, and device manager for My Computer-still unrecognizable.

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Use a card reader to download your pictures to a folder you create on your desktop.

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