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When I try and disconnect the camera from the computer (attached by usb cable) I lose some of the pictures stored on the camera. I do use the safely remove hardware tool in the tool box lower left of the screen.

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You could eliminate this problem by using a card reader to download your pics.

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1. Most cameras today use a removable memory card of some kind. If you can get it out and have a computer with a card reader on it you can plug in the card directly with a PC. Go to My Computer - Open (Name of Card) - Open Folders until you find your images. Next, select the pictures you want to delete by highlighting them and dragging to the Recycle Bin. (Remember you can drag your mouse to highlight lots of pictures at a time.) Best not mess with the other folders if there are no images in them though, because they contain the information to run the camera. Your card should now have only the images you want. Safely Disconnect the card from the computer. Reinstall the card correctly in the camera and you are ready to go.

2. If you don't have a card reader on a computer then use the USB cable you said you have and attach the camera to a USB port on your computer. Follow the steps above for opening the Memory Card in the camera.

All the above assumes the camera is in good working order with fresh batteries or a power supply. Most USB ports don't output the power necessary to run a camera.

Good Luck.

Mar 02, 2015 | Cameras

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Follow this instruction, see the diagram attached. God bless you

. If it is attached to the computer with a cable, detach it and try turning it on again.
2. Try powering it through a USB cable or an AC adapter, if it has one. If this works, it probably needs new batteries, unless the battery compartment is corroded.
3. Replace the batteries. Try to avoid this if it has photos stored on it and is a camera which loses them when the batteries are removed. If the batteries were recently replaced, make sure they were inserted in the proper direction.
4. If the temperature is very hot or cold, try it in an area with a more normal temperature.
5. Some digital cameras have a feature which automatically turns them off after a second if the batteries are low. This allows them to retain enough power to store the photos and transfer them to the computer when necessary.

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How do i put pictures from my camera to my computer

After attaching the cable to the USB port on your computer, it should see your camera as an external storage device. Click on My Computer and you should see your camera as a drive, click on this drive and open the picture folder, than you can copy these photo to your computer.
If your photos are stored on the memory card, then remove the memory card from the camera and insert it into an USB memory card reader. Connect this USB memory card reader and memory card into the USB port of your working computer. Your computer will see this as an USB Mass Storage Device or an external storage device; you can then open the folder on the memory card and copy the photos to your computer. Memory card reader is a handy device and is inexpensive. You can copy photos from other cameras and you can also download photos off your memory card to someone else's computer without the need of installing any programs.

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I dropped my canon camera and it says lens error restart again. i dont want to lose my picture but the lens dont go in. i can see my pictures but i cannot take a picture.

Any pictures you have taken in the past should be safely stored on the memory card. Make sure you copy them onto your computer to ensure you don't lose them while fiddling with your camera. You can use either an external card reader or you might be able to connect your camera to a computer using a USB cable.
A lens error is one that the average user can diagnose and fix. It usually requires a trained technician or worse (but sometimes cheaper), a replacement camera. You have already experienced that the camera will not take pictures with the lens error.
Good luck.

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Do u have an english manual of sanyo xacti ca9?

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No matter which computer I put my digital camera attachment to download pictures, it will not download pictures at all. It keeps telling me there is nothing attached (camera or scanner) to get pictures...

Since that you already used different computer still its not detecting the camera It means the problem is either On the USB cable itself or on the camera USB slot. Because windows XP vista or Windows 7 has a generic driver for all the camera it should detect all the camera thats been inserted on the CPU.

try to used different USB cable and make sure the USB cable is MODEL U-8 thats the right cable for your camera

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PC won't pick up camera connection

You need to reinstall the driver that will make your computer to see your camera. The driver for the hardware must have been corrupted, re-installing this driver will solve the problem. if you have a cd application that came along with your camera, it will be better if you use that to repair the damage driver by installing the software unto your system. Thanks

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Back up disconnecting

To Answer your question: If the PC says it safe to remove, this means that it has completed all data transaction between Camera and PC. The Camera will remain in the USB MASS STORAGE mode until the 5v USB is removed (USB cable disconnected from PC).

I suggest you read further and perform the procedure at the end of this LONG explaination. Sorry, I would have paraphrased if possible. The short version is that you do not need to worry about "Safely Removing" the camera.

The Term "SAFELY REMOVE HARDWARE" is misleading. You run no risk in losing the original data if it is already backed up from the location you are writing from. For EXAMPLE, if it is saved on the Camera and you are only copying from the Computer to the PC....there is NO RISK of losing the data on your Camera by disconnecting the USB without safely removing.

The process of "Safely Removing" the camera is necessary if your Camera is set to "Cache" data as it writes to the PC.

If you do not have the camera set to "Cache" as it writes to the PC, you Do Not need to safely disconnect as the Data has been immediately transferred and stored to the Computer Hard Drive.
Cache means that the Camera files are written to a volitile memory location on the computer before final storage to the Computers Hard Drive. If the Camera is setup to do this and you do not safely remove the Camera before disconnecting the USB, there is a potential for data Loss....on the computer side.

You may check if your Camera is set to cache using the following. These Cameras should be default "no caching"

1. right click "safely remove" ICON
2. "Safely Remove Hardware" Window Appers
3. select the JVC Camera on the "USB Mass Storage.." drop down tree
4. select [properties]
5. select "policies" tab
6a. select "optimize for quick removal" if you want to eliminate need to "Safely Remove" (BEST)
6b. Select "Optimize for Performance" (FASTER)

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When I hook up my Little Shots Camera it says can not connect to device

Uninstall all old pc cam,mars software and do a fresh installation. Restart computer.Before plugging in usb cable,push the shutter button down and hold it.Shutter is the button that takes the pictures. Now plug in usb cable. Camera should say pc cam and installation of software should start and complete. If asked about newer reference files answer yes. Software should now be installed. To use as pc cam,Dbl Click pc cam,mars icon on the desktop.New screen will on right facing triangle and another screen will open. Camera will now show on monitor what it is aimed at.To shut off,close all screens,and click on icon tray and shut usb device if necessary. To use as camera and view pictures,connect usb cable without pushing any buttons,and camera will say usb,Dbl click my computer,dbl click removable disk D,E F whichever it has been assigned,dbl click DCIM folder,and there are your pics to do waht you want with,save,print etc.Do not delete pics using the computer,delete only by camera so you do not damage files necessary to store and take pictures.If you do camera may have to be reformatted.Disconnect from pc same way by clicking usb icon in tray and stopping device,then its safe to unplug cable.

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Vivitar ViviCam 10

Try hooking it back up to the computer then in the bottom rights hand corner see if the safe remove hardware icon is there if it is then safely remove the camera and 80% of the time that will correct it.

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