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Computer won't recognise camera to download images

My Olympus C-300 digital camera has decided to not work properly when I'm attempting to download the images onto my computer (IBM, Windows XP)


On using new Energizer Lithium batteries (as I thought power was the issue) when I have the camera plugged into the computer using the supplied USB cable, on switching the camera on for the computer to recognise the connection, I'm getting a single flashing green light on the camera, which is not the normal light sequence that occurs when the camera is connected and recognised by the computer.


I have tried plugging the camera into other computers, to no avail. I've tried different USB cables and bought high powered batteries, but it still doesn't work. The camera still operates fine when opening the lens and taking photos, just when I want to obtain my images is it not working properly. Another downfall is that the card used in these cameras is 'Smartmedia' and none of my card readers have a slot to suit this size… HELP!

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  • Finey Jun 29, 2008

    I have tried plugging the camera into other computers, to no avail. I've tried different USB cables and bought high powered batteries, but it still doesn't work. The camera still operates fine when opening the lens and taking photos, just when I want to obtain my images is it not working properly. Another downfall is that the card used in these cameras is 'Smartmedia' and none of my card readers have a slot to suit this size… HELP!

  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    i have fujifilm olympus j50 and i have same problem however no light comes on whatsoever... i have reinstalled and updated the software and everything :-S

  • puttershell Mar 29, 2009

    My Poloroid PDC 640 camera wont work on my laptop (Vista) so I cant load any pix to it. It works on my desktop computer with Roxio Photo Suite but when I tried to add the Roxio CD to my laptop it said is was not compatible. Any ideas?

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** Problem Solved **

I found it wasn't the camera entirely to blame. I tried another USB cable on another pc, and although the camera was doing the same thing as my problem, the computer recognised the camera as new hardware, and asked me how to access the pictures. So I was able to get the pictures from the camera to the computer, and then saved them on to my Kingston flash drive. So taking the flash drive to my daily PC, I plugged in my flash drive via a USB extension lead, and discovered that would read either... alarm bells rang. So I unplugged the lead, and put the flash drive straight into the computer direct. The computer recognised it immediately. So plugging in the extension lead again, and the flash drive, it read this now. So I tried the camera, and it recognised it.

So I don't know exactly what the problem was, but it was solved... saved me a lot of running around and money ;)

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