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Won't upload to Iphoto

Lately when I plug my camera into the computer,it starts to open Iphoto, but then the icon on my desktop disappears and it says that I didn't put the camera away properly. It did this on another computer as well. So i can't upload any pictures at all.

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Use a card reader by taking out the card from the camera and downloading the pictures from the card reader with out using the camera at all.

This is one way to eliminate the problems with camera to computer drivers and software problems.


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