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Old Apr 25, 2003, 9:30 AM   #1
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Default FZ1 & Macintosh OS-X -- Connecting & Disconnecting

I downloaded photos to my Macintosh computer (Mac iBook 700 running OSX 10.2.5) and discovered the following issue. By disconnecting the USB cable without ejecting the mounted volume, I completely hung the system; both computer and camera.

After a lot of pointing and clicking (to no avail) I had to do a hard restart on the computer to get it to return control to the desktop. The camera was hung up also. I had to take the battery out, reinstall it, and then turn it off and on. It then worked fine.

This little foray took me one step closer to religion as I prayed I had not screwed up the electronics in either machine.

Here are the proper steps to connect and disconnect the FZ1 to a Macintosh:


I. Computer preparation
Turn the computer ON so the desktop appears
II. Camera preparation
1. Turn the camera OFF
2. Plug the power supply into a power source
3. Plug the DC cable into the power supply & the camera
4. Plug the USB cable into the camera
5. Plug the USB cable into the computer
6. Turn the camera ON

In a moment a "Volume" icon appears on the desktop named, NO_NAME

At this point you may choose one of several ways to copy images from the camera to the computer. I use "Image Capture" which is an accessory supplied with the Mac.

DISCONNECTING [This is where I went wrong and hope you never do ops: ]

1. Select (highlight) the Volume Icon: NO_NAME
2. Choose EJECT from the File menu.
OR Press COMMAND-E from the keyboard
OR Drag the Volume NO_NAME to the Trash
3. Turn the Camera power OFF
4. Disconnect the USB cable from the computer
5. Disconnect cables from the camera

That's it. Follow these simple, logical steps and you should never cause any problems for your Macintosh or FZ1.
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