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Old Dec 30, 2010, 9:35 PM   #11
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Insert and removing the card will not cause and card failure. As has been noted several times, the simplest "fix" is to buy a card reader that plugs into a USB port.

It will save you a lot of grief.

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 9:43 PM   #12
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Roger,

I have an older Panasonic, the FZ28. When I first got it, I had trouble transferring pictures until I:

1. Took the mode selector off of "Intelligent Auto" and selected something like "manual" mode.

2. Went into the setup menu and changed the USB mode to "PC."

After that, my WinXP Pro PC recognizes the camera and pictures every time. To be honest, I doubt this is it (and I don't remember my specific trouble symptoms!), but I thought I'd throw it out just in case....

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Old Dec 30, 2010, 10:21 PM   #13
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"I do share the concern expressed by a post above -- repeated removal and insertion of the memory card may make it prone to failure. With my previous cameras, the card was never removed, excepting when it was "full" and I exchanged it for a new one. Is this concern a valid concern, or will these fragile cards handle repeated transfer from camera to reader, return, etc?"

I've always pulled the card out of my cameras & put them in the card reader; I've not had one fail yet. Not saying that it's the best for them; but so far, I've not had a problem.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 11:16 PM   #14
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You should not need a special driver for FZ35, but do make sure that in the setup menu USB mode is set to "PC."

Try the camera using another PC. If it is still a problem then it most likely is a real problem with the camera. Have friend verify your findings.

You have purchased a new camera. An important activity is to test it to ensure that ALL ITS FUNCTIONALITY IS OPERABLE. Ability to off-load PIXes is an important/major feature. If that cannot be made to work then the camera is defective. You did not receive what you paid for which is a fully functioning camera. Settle for nothing less.

PS: So if you wanted to turn around to sell such a camera, how do you think a potential buyer would feel/react when you tell them that the USB transfer capability doesnt work? Do you think that they would still be interested purchasing it from you for full or near full price (if at all)?
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 11:22 PM   #15
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Did you try to format the sd card from the menu of the camera ?
try it and see if it works. Also before putting it in the pc go to the camera menu and change the USB mode to PC as mike said. If you have multiple usb ports try to put it in another one, and if only one is available try to change the name of the usb port from the windows, for example from F: to G:. As for the sd card i dont think that pulling the card in and out will create any problems its not a cheap camera.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 11:44 PM   #16
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To simplify trouble shooting, get the SD card out if the equation. Remove the card from the camera and take a few PIXes so that they become stored in the camera's onboard memory. The user manual states that when the SD card is not present, then the USB off load is from the camera's onboard memory, so try just using that.

It is possible that you just have a bad USB cable. As per the user manual instructions, with the camera turned on remove then reinsert the USB cable back into the PC.

If you cannot get the camera to off load then you might want to pay a camera store to test it and give you an opinion.

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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:04 AM   #17
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not to hijack the thread, but i'm sure glad i have a mac, where i don't have to worry about drivers/viruses/funny little glitches...

i think it's funny that the simple solution to a problem like this is to spend more money. that should be a last resort, in my opinion. the transfer SHOULD happen, as one would expect, without having to make an additional purchase.
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 10:41 AM   #18
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I've had nothing but PC's and to date, have never had ANY problems with them; including all the accessories I have running off it.

Sorry for going off-topic!
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Old Dec 31, 2010, 11:00 AM   #19
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It is true, the transfer effectively should be effortless. The PC has been demonstrated to work with other cameras so in all probability something is not right with either the camera or the connection cable.

Regarding MACs versus PCs, you're not really getting something for nothing. PCs are open architecture - MACs are not. That means that third party developers have available the needed disclosure of the PCs hardware & OS to be able to develop hardware and software applications. This results in lower prices with more choices for both hardware & software. The trade-off is interoperability. The issue concerning spyware and viruses is that PCs are the center of attention as percentage wise, there are substantially fewer MACs on the networks.
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agreed on the percentage wise aspect, but i've been mac-only since 1998, and have never had virus software installed, never had a virus, and have never had a hard drive crash.

could it be that i've been very lucky? perhaps. but i think having an open architecture which no one person/company can 'control', only helps to promote viruses/spam/spyware, etc.
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