USB connection Direct from Camera Or Card Reader ?
I have just purchased a Fuji Finepix 4900 and do not know if it is better to use a card reader for downloading etc even though the camera comes supplied with a USB cable. I have found great difficulty installing the driver for the cable even though I have 2 USB ports on my PC. I have a printer and a scanner and a zip drive all connected by USB with no diffuculty in the PC recognising the new hardware. They all operate on a plug and play basis. I am using Windows 98se which is supposed to support USB devices yet the PC does not recognise the camera.I have delayed installing this as I feel I may be better to purchase a card reader to read the smartmedia thus getting away from the danger of disconnecting the camera too soon etc. Am I right in assuming that the card reader comes with it's own driver totally separate from that of the camera therefore I do not need to install the camera driver - just wait until I get the Card reader ? I would appreciate any advice or experience regarding the above...

Comments (6)

Yes, the card reader comes with it's own drivers. I find it more convenient, not to mention it saves me the batteries...

Comment #1

Given the amount of similar problems I had with my pc not finding my olympus e10, buy a card reader. I know of someone else with a new canon and they have had similar problems with the supplied software. It seems this is a common problem.I thought usb allowed hot swapping if I hot swop my camera, I have to re boot, sometimes I have to re boot because the drive that the pc found on boot up then disappears?.

X files or what? May the force be with you..

Comment #2

Had the same identical problems Ivan had, but mine is the Oly-C700.

When I eventually got the PC to recognize the camera through the.

USB cable, I bought a SanDisk 32mb card and a SanDisk reader. Everybody says you must format a strange card and that there is a secret as how to do it. I took a couple.

Photos and sent them to the PC via SanDisk reader, have not.

Found the pics, yet...

Comment #3

I bought a Canon A20 after reading the reviews and printing the test images on this site. As far as the USB connection goes I could not down load if the camera was connected to one of the USB connections on the additional card installed in my PC but it works fine connected to the USB ports on the mother board. To be fair Canon do say there can be problems using a hub connection...

Comment #4

Ivan and George, I have a Polaroid 2300Z camera and Win ME and can't download using USB(seems to be a common problem). I bought a Zio card reader (comes with it's own driver) which appears as a hard drive in Win Explorer. I can drag/drop, copy or move my images to other folders with no problem...

Comment #5

Take a look at any of the threads that relate to problems with memory - most of them refer to removing the memory from the camera. Bent pins with CF, worn contacts with SM, MicroDrives going bad, ... No matter what kind of memory you are using, there will be less problems with less handling. You are going to have to get a USB driver working to use a card reader - that might not be any easier than getting the USB driver for your camera working...

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