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Old Oct 24, 2003, 2:50 PM   #1
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Help please. Newbie has a Toshiba PDR-4300. tethering sucks my batteries dry when i download to my comp.
Should I use an ac adapter or a card reader. I don't know the difference.

I lean towards the ac adapter but Toshiba wants $50.00 for onne.
Can anyone tell me of a universal and less costly ac adapter that will work on Toshiba PDR 4300? or how I can search for one? I have had little luck finding one that will work on my camera
Thank you much Swellmel
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Old Oct 24, 2003, 3:14 PM   #2
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You might want to get a card reader that can read the type of memory your camera uses. I purchased a SanDisk card reader at www.newegg.com that reads two types of memory for around $30. If you have other devices that use flash type memory, you can get readers that read up to 7 different types! This is definately the way I would go. All you need to know is the type of memory your camera uses (xD, SmartMedia, etc.). I am not familiar with the Toshiba cameras, so am not exactly sure what kind yours uses.

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Old Oct 24, 2003, 3:49 PM   #3
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use a reader. i have a sandisk 6 in 1 reader. usb 2 really fast.

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Old Oct 24, 2003, 4:38 PM   #4
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Your camera uses SD media and on this website you can buy a reader for that for 16.99USD. I use this company a lot and never have problems. Fast shipping too.

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Old Oct 25, 2003, 9:35 AM   #5
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Check out the reviews of the newer USB 2.0 readers under Steve's Accessory Reviews on this site.


Even a very nice multi-card reader (able to read Secure Digital, MMC, CompactFlash Type I, CompactFlash Type II, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, xD PictureCard, and SmartMedia), is only around $40.00 street price.

See Steve's Lexar "Multi-Card" reader for an example:


You can buy a USB 2.0 I/O card for your PC for around 20 or 25 dollars now, too. Even if you don't want to go to this expense right now, the USB 2.0 card readers are backwards compatible with USB 1.1 (you just won't get the USB 2.0 speed, unless you upgrade your PC, too).

Also, USB 2.0 is many times as fast as USB 1.1, once you spend the extra 20 or 25 dollars for a USB 2.0 I/O card. Many other devices (not just card readers) are now USB 2.0 compatible (external CD-RW drives, external hard disk drives, USB attached wireless Ethernet Interfaces, newer Printers, etc.

A USB 2.0 multi-card reader is the best way to go (IMO). If you buy another camera later, you'll already have a reader that will work with a different card type.

Single Card Type readers are even less expensive.

I've got two different readers now (one Sandisk CompactFlash Reader -- around $20.00), and an HP Photosmart 1215 Printer with built in Card Readers.

However, my latest camera uses Secure Digital and Memory Stick, and I don't yet have a reader capable of supporting SD.

So, I plan on buying one of the new Multi-Card Readers, too.
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