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Communication Error on the camera screen?

I have been downloading pics from my camera to my laptop for months with no issues, now all of a sudden when I plug my camera into the laptop, the camera comes up with 'Communication Error' on the screen? and won't allow me to download anything?

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    KEN LaPOINT May 31, 2010

    Did you happen to upgrade your memory card in your camera?

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Time to start using a card reader.

Posted on May 31, 2010

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