Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Gotcha Of The Day: Vista Doesn't Recognize My Canon SD630

Ever since I've had a digital camera, my preferred way to get photos off it is to plug the memory card into a cheap memory card reader. These handy little devices mean you don't need to fuss with cables and camera drivers.

Though, lately, I realized that it might be easier to just plug my Canon SD630 right into the computer via the USB cord I have handily available.

I did this a few weeks ago, and nothing happened. I didn't get the usual chirps and beeps that the computer recognized a device. I got nothing. I futzed with it for a few more seconds and then gave up.

Today I tried again, and still, no luck. What the heck? I Googled around and Microsoft claims the camera is compatible with Vista. It pointed me to Canon's to download the driver, yet the site said none were needed.

Again, what the heck?

Then, in a moment of brilliance, I both plugged the camera in and TURNED IT ON. All of a sudden, the computer started chirping and beeping and instantly found my photos.

D'oh. When in doubt, hit the on switch. Don't I feel like a genius.

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