I can not make the computer recognise the camera.
I installed the software disk that comes along with the camera but no matter what I do the computer does not recognise the camera.
There is nothing wrong with the USB port as I attached other devices to it and they worked perfectly.
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Are you using the canon software to download the images and downloading the images through the camera not a disk reader. Sometimes the computer will recognise your camera as a HDD when using the canon software by connecting your camera to the computer with a USB lead. Worth a try.
If you need to format your cybershot camera without losing your pictures , please follow the below steps :-
Make sure that you copy all the pictures from your camera to your hard disk , so that in case of an accidental format your data is saved.
To copy images from your camera to your computer or hard disk all you need to do is connect the camera using the cable which is supplied along with it , to your computer , and then install the software that came along with it, usually in a CD.
When you install the software you would find a storage drive is being reflected in my computer in case you are using windows xp , this will have all the pictures that you have taken from your camera.
Select the folders of the pictures of the specific pictures you want to copy and then select copy option from the edit menu , or press CTRL + C when the images or folder has been selected.
Now you need to paste these images on your hard disk , so you can do this by just creating a new folder on your desktop and then opening it , and pressing CTRL + V option so that the files get copied to your desktop , which is stored in your hard disk.
Note :- It's always better to copy your important images/fies to a seperate partition , instead of copying them to your root drive in which the operating system has been installed. This could save your data from being deleted accidentally in case you format your root drive for reinstallting the operating system or the partition is lost , or corrupted.
The computer would require photo editing softwares installed to recognise imaged from camcorders. for example, generic image softwares also with photo format convertors performs recognistion of foreign images like with camcorders. Download the image format converters, possible the brand details of the camera is useful towards acquiring compartible generic image photo softwares.
Cameras come along with software cd which will help you acquire the images from camera onto pc. The software installation is easy and just a 1 time process. Next time onwards, you can just connect your camera through a USB cable and start the camera, the software gets started automatically recognising the camera and uploading pictures and videos to your pc. Picasa from Google can do the same task if you don't find the software cd which came along with your camera.
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it seems that your computer is not recognising the camera. How do you connect it via USB . check the USB cable or the installation / driver software of your camera. and if every thing is ok and still the computer is not recognising the camera you can transfer the images thru card reader.