Having problems with your Pentax *ist DL Digital Camera ?

PC won't pick up camera connection

\015 I have a Pentax *ist DSLR. When I try to put photos from the camera to the computer programs, they won't download. A message comes up that it's a problem with the camera. The batteries are new. The memory card is good because I can download them using a writers card to the computer and my USB cord is good because I've been using it. I've had the camera for about three years and just now having the problem with the downloading. Do you think this is an internal problem with my camera? The message says that the storage card cannot be read and to make sure it is installed properly. I've done all of this and have never had this problem before.\015\012I would appreciate any help you can offer.\015\012Jamie\015

Answers :

Get a separate card reader. They are very cheap. Use this to check the card.
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\015\012If the problem is with the camera you may still be able to use the card reader until you get it fixed.
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\015\012An important thing to note when disconnecting the USB cable is that some devices do not like to be simply unplugged.
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\015\012If you get a 'remove device safely' icon in the bottom right of the PC screen when somethin gis plugged in, make sure you click on that and follow the instructions before unplugging the device.
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\015\012I personally do not plug my camera directly into the PC to avoid this risk entirely. Rather I use a card reader. I have still managed to destroy card readers by forgetting to do this though!
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\015\012If the card is faulty, then you will be able to reformat it on the PC using the reader. The required software can be downloaded from the official SD card standards site.
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