I recently upgraded this computer from 2000 to XP. Computer is a Dell GX270, P4, 3.2 GHz, 3.0 GB of RAM. Camera used to be recognised previously on Win 2000. Device Manager recognises it as a Disk Drive- Sony DSC-F505 USB Device. But it still does not show up as a disk drive with a drive letter assigned to it. What can I do?
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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, the same way you copy any other files. Or you can use any photo cataloging program such as Picasa.
do you use a card reader? or do you connect the cam to your pc to download the pics? best way to transfer the images to the pc is a card reader, but some readers wont accept a memorystick with "lock" turned off, so for example if you have a 128MB memorystick, turn write protect on. switch to "off" position (it is a small switch on the stick) then the card reader will "see" the stick, but erasing and writing is not possible with the pc...
If you have a computer with a memory card reader that takes the stick. insert it into the computer and goto my computer find the memory stick drive letter and format it their then retry the stick in the camera. also try to go into the cameras menu and try formatting it their if you cannot format the stick it is very possible it is bad.
i'm assuming his laptop is windows XP? I know for my computer XP lists my f717 as a romovable drive in "my computer" ..I then just drag the files into whatever folder in the hard drive and it automatically copies them..if it is windoews XP have him open up my computer and see if the removable drive is listed..
I don't know if I'll be much help, but I own a Dell also. I have an older Dell, it's a Pentium II 300 XPSD3000. When I first installed the driver, it recognized the camera and I was able to copy the images off of it. But when I unplugged the USB cable, or turn the camera off, my computer froze. After trying everything, I resorted to fromatting my drive and reinstalled Windows 98. Everything works great now! No more freezing after I remove the USB cable, or turn the camera off. I also use a Dell at work. It's a Pentium II 450 and it seems to work fine with the camera.
I'm not suggesting you format your hard drive and start over, but if it's your last resort, you might want to try it. Get some help if you're uneasy about doing it.
First you should try these steps though:
1. Remove the USB drivers you had previously installed.
2. Take at least one picture with your camera.
3. Connect the USB cable to the computer and your camera (with the camera turned off).
4. Put the driver cd in the cd-rom and turn the camera on.
The computer should detect a new device and ask for drivers.
I bought a Hama skylight filter for the express purpose of protecting the lens. I've not noticed any degradation in image quality. Of course, ultimately the filter will block some of the light that's hitting the CCD, but it's so little as to not be noticeable.
Being as the lens cap clips into the thread of the lens then yes, it does still fit perfectly into the thread of the filter, so no problem there!
SInce the only storage option on the F505 is Memorystick, you would need a memorystick reader. Sony has a MemoryStick/PCMCIA adapter card that would fit in standard PCCard slots. Once the images are in your computer they are standard JPEGs. Go to the Cybershot forum on http://www.mavican.com and ask what the F55 Mac users do. It also uses only memorysticks.