Old Camera, Newer Computer

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    My digital camera is about 10+ years old. Still works fine and takes good pictures. If I remember right it came with a CD for my old computer and I have the connectors for the camera to the computer.

    My newer computer has no CD type slot and I don't know if my camera will even be compatible to this computer. Will I be forced to buy a new camera now? For the internet I use pictures mainly to post on craft sites and I used to be on Flickr until I got permanently locked out of that site after deleting my Yahoo account even though I remembered all pass words.

    I think I may take my camera to Best Buy where I purchased both the computer and the camera. However those places intimidate me. You either get someone who is nice and helpful or someone who treats you like an idiot because you didn't learn all this stuff from the first grade!

    Any ideas. Thank you.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    I have never found a need for any of the stuff that came on CD with cameras that I have bought. Generally, it's photo editing software and that sort of thing. Your computer should be able to transfer photos from you camera to the computer without it.
     
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    I used to have a Casio camera, and it had a docking station and when it was in the dock, then the pictures would transfer right into my computer, and they could also be transferred just by connecting to the computer without using the charging dock. I liked the charging dock because then my camera was always charged up and ready for me to take pictures.
    After my daughter gave me an iPad and iPhone, I just gave the Casio away; because now I take pictures with the camera on the phone, and it transfers into the iPad automatically.
    If you look up your camera on Youtube, there should be tutorials about booking up the computer and the camera, and then you do not have to go to Best Buy unless you want to.
     
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    Not an expert on your computer, nor mine. I would proceed with the following steps if your computer does not have a DVD capability. I mention this as a DVD equipped computer probably should read CDs, but I don't think it should be necessary unless you have some exotic file format.
    1. Plug in the camera or memory card. Your computer should recognize the drive. Open File Explorer and look under "This PC". It should be under devices and drives. At that point it should be just opening the appropriate drive and copy/paste whatever to wherever.
    2. If your computer does not have the correct slot for your memory card, you most certainly have USB... and walmart, etc. have multi memory card readers rather cheap, as under $10 ($6~$8). If you are like me and are already loaded up with USB devices, consider a usb hub splitter, also for less that $10 ($5~$8).
    3. If the computer fails to recognize any of the above, then a driver might need to be installed. A simple google search for "camera model" and "driver", should yield a downloadable driver.
     
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    @Kitty Carmel , my camera is about 7 or 8 years old. When I got my new computer last spring, I plugged the connector into the camera then into the computer. The computer went clickety, clickety, clickety, detected new hardware. And, Bingo, it was installed. Easy peasy.
     
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    The last camera I bought, I don't think I even took the CD out of the package.
     
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    One thing we found out pretty fast.........old electronic stuff/technology doesn't get along with new electronic/technology stuff. Depending on how old any kind of software is, it's highly possible it will not be compatible with a new computer.

    Our old Panasonic digital was still taking good photos, but the rear screen was history on it. We really needed the rear screen for different things. The camera was bought in 2005. At the same time, I noticed that the media slots on the computer we had was not functioning right when I put the camera media card in.

    So, ended up buying a new digital camera and a new desktop computer. Had no problem inserting the new camera media card into the new computer media slot. I didn't use the software that came with the camera either. The Windows 10 camera software and an older software, that the new computer did accept, worked fine for me. BWT, the old computer was bought in 2004.
     
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    Thanks for your help and replies everyone. I was able to connect my camera and all the pictures transferred. I was very surprised. With my old computer I believe the CD was needed so the computer would recognize the camera but I guess newer computers do this automatically now.

    I'm learning to edit pictures on this computer but I think I'm getting it.
     
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    Kitty, does your camera have a media card inside that captures the photos you take? Does your computer have a slot or two for a camera media card? Not sure why you are connecting your camera to your computer.
     
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    @Cody Fousnaugh No media card slot. I know what they are as I used them at Costco when I had a membership. I looked for this first. There is some kind of slot but it's much too big for the camera cards my camera uses. I'm almost surprised my computer doesn't have this. But I just connected the camera with what it came with and the computer indicated it was "reading" and transferred all pictures over. I'm glad to have them on my computer now.
     
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    jp.jpg jp.jpg Celebration picture!
     
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    Posted the picture up twice but at least I did it. I'm shocked. YAY!
     
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    Great job and beautiful cat.
     
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  14. Ken Teas

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    Your camera probably connects through the USB port. The storage card in your camera can be inserted into a card reader. If one is not built in to your laptop, order a USB card reader online for less than 20 dollars. They read multiple card types, and plug into the USB port. Check online with the cameras company website, you can probably download the software for the camera there and you wouldn't need the cd/DVD that came with the camera. Example, if you have a Canon camera, Google Canon customer support, go to website and look for downloads, then your model camera and download the the cd software and install it. Usually a automatic install.
     
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    Please read what you wrote in your post above!

    If she doesn’t have a USB port on her computer, she can’t use a Media Card Reader. Our old (10 years old) laptop has USB ports on, don’t know why her’s wouldn’t, but.....

    As already stated, by me, we had to buy a new computer after buying a new digital camera, because our old computer and Windows 7, wasn’t compatible with new camera. On top of that, the Media Card Reader and USB slots were going bad.
     
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    Ken, thank you for your help. I was shocked when I just plugged the camera into my computer and it worked with the connectors that came with the camera. I guess my computer is new enough to be able to read off the camera. I was able to transfer everything in the camera. I too was surprised to find no memory stick slot in this computer because it's newer. Not top of the line but not a cheap computer either.
     
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