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"Failed to Connect to Camera." -- Serial connection

I am trying to use the serial cable to transfer photos from my PDC 640CF camera to my computer. I get a message on my computer that says "Failed to Connect to Camera." What?s wrong?

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The "Camera not connected" error message indicates a communications problem in the serial port connection between the camera and the computer. Simply put, the computer cannot find the camera it is being asked to connect with. Whenever an external device (digital camera, scanner, Palm Pilot, etc.) is connected to a computer through its serial port, a communications error is possible. 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.

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