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The "No camera is connected" error message indicates a communications problem in the USB connection between the camera and the computer. Simply put, the computer cannot find the camera it is being asked to connect with.
There is usually no single "most likely" reason for the conflict -- it could be a hardware issue as easily as it could be a software issue.
Downloading images from a digital camera can be very easy if you keep these basic steps in mind.
After loading the PhotoMax software on your computer:
1. Make sure that both the camera and computer are turned off.
2. Confirm that the camera has adequate power (using the AC adapter is recommended; otherwise, make sure that there are fresh batteries in the camera).
3. Plug the serial cable that came with your camera into the serial output of the camera.
4. Plug the wide end of the serial cable into the COM port (serial connection) of the computer.
5. Turn the camera on and start the computer.
6. Launch the PhotoMax software (double-click the icon) from the desktop.
7. Click on Get Photo.
8. Click on Album or Camera.
9. Select Twain device from the Acquire From box and click OK.
10. Select your camera from the Select Source box.
11. Click the Acquire icon: (Thumbnails will be displayed).
12. Select images you wish to save from the thumbnails and click on Get Photos. Your images will now be saved to the album you choose.
A new camera TWAIN driver (version 0.1) compatible with Windows 2000 is now available for download. The new TWAIN driver will allow photo transfer using most image viewing or editing programs that are TWAIN compatible.
NOTE: In order for the version 0.1 driver to work correctly, the PhotoMAX software must also be compatible with Windows 2000.
The PhotoMAX SE software originally included with the Fun! Flash 640 is not compatible with Windows 2000.
If you use your camera and computer with the original PhotoMAX SE software, contact the Polaroid Parts Department for more information about purchasing a PhotoMAX software upgrade.
No TWAIN driver is available for use with Windows NT4.
Yes, you can use your Polaroid Fun! Flash digital camera with many popular image-editing software applications. The Fun! Flash is TWAIN-compliant and comes with its own image acquisition software, which is automatically installed when you install PhotoMAX.
Just open your image-editing software and select Polaroid Fun! Flash as your acquisition source.
While it appears that the system is locking up, the actual problem is that a message prompt in the PhotoMAX 2.0 software is hiding beneath other open windows and needs to be answered before proceeding.
In this instance, the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window has been preset to always be the "top" window, obscuring any other windows that may be open behind it.
The PhotoMAX 2.0 window must be "active" (or "brought to the top") to answer any message prompts. Once the message prompt is answered, you will be able to download images.
To deactivate the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window's "Always on Top" preset:
1. Launch the PhotoMAX application.
2. Select Get Photo.
3. Select Camera or Scanner. The Acquire From window appears.
4. Select Twain device and click OK. The Select Source window appears.
5. Highlight PDC 640 and click Select. The album window appears next, followed by the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window.
6. Right-click on the PDC 640 TWAIN Driver window and deselect (i.e. uncheck) "Always on Top".
To move the PhotoMAX 2.0 window forward:
1. Launch the PhotoMAX application.
2. Click on Get Photo.
3. Click on From Album.
4. When the album opens, answer YES to the question "The contents of this album have been changed. Do you want to save the changes?".
5. Click on the Acquire icon at the top of the album window to select the PDC 640 camera and download the thumbnails from the camera. Your system will no longer appear to lock up.