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Matthew
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   Posted 3/6/2008 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
 
 
 
       Hey guys I know this isn't really the place to ask this, but I am becoming increasingly frustrated, enough to raise the old blood pressure.. sad
       Can anyone tell me how to connect a Digital camera to my Dell PC? My Samsung camera ( my birthday present last monday) has a USB cable, but the manual, well let's be frank.. IT SUCKS. Where to I attach the side with the pointy end? I have about 4 spots that it will fit, but I cannot get any satisfaction so far. Any Dell users here with cameras like mine?
       If I can get this figured out, not only will it help me with something personal, but you all may actual see what I look like. cool
 
       Anyone?
 
       Sincerely,
       Matthew

gachrons
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   Posted 3/6/2008 7:06 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Happy B -Day My teen connects the camera on our Dell in the front of the PC we use the camera there and MP3's and cell phones not sure what the pointy thing you are talking about is . Hope this helps and have fun with your pics. lol gail

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   Posted 3/6/2008 7:13 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the Samsung USB has a flat part that attaches to the camera, And splits at the other end to two plugs, each with a single prong. That is what I am talking about.
Well, let me give it a try,

Thanks,
Matthew

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   Posted 3/6/2008 7:27 PM (GMT -7)   
Well did you get any where? lol gail

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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:02 PM (GMT -7)   
matthew, i think from the sound of it that you may be doing it backwards. the 'flat' part is the usb connector and it should plug into one of the (probably) many usb ports on your computer. probably 2 or so in the front (you may have to open a door of some kind) and a couple more on the back panel of the tower. one of the pins probably goes to the camera. although, that makes me wonder what the other pin is for. is the camera brand new? i'm also thinking that maybe there should be a different usb cable for it. most of my digital cameras from cheap to expensive use a cable that has a connector with a bunch of tiny pins wrapped in an odd shaped metal plug and a usb connector at the computer end.

another solution for you would be if the camera has a removable media like an sd (secure digital) card, you could pull it from the camera and use an adapter (that you can pick up at any electronics store, or wallyworld for $5) to plug it into a usb port on the computer. if the dell is a laptop newer than about 5 years, it may have media ports built into it for micro drives, sd cards, and micro sd cards. some towers even have those. in this case, you just take the card from the camera and plug it directly into the computer and access it through 'my computer'. it will present as a 'removable drive'.

vv

mama2jmt
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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Matthew,

any luck yet?I totally understand your frustration,I bought my daughter an MP3 player for her b-day,& had a devil of a time getting her music on it.It's not much fun to get a new toy if you can't use it,hehe.

I have a Dell,but a kodak camera.Are you powering the camera on after hooking up the usb?
Both of my kodaks have to be powered on after connecting them(neither of my manuals say that either!)
just a thought,I hope that you get it going soon....

take care & good luck :)
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Roni
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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:31 PM (GMT -7)   
The smaller all these memory devices get, the more complicated! There's just too many holes in our computers!! ;-)

Matthew
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   Posted 3/7/2008 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   

 

 

       No joy! mad sad

        Why can't they make decent manuals anymore? The flat end seems to attach to the camera. I cannot find a spot on the camera that a single prong plug will couple with. The diagram is useless. Oh, and the flat end won't fit in the spot you describe.

      Grrrrrowwllll! Yeah, its a fairly new camera ( not a cheapie either.). This is what happens when you outsource!

      Well, I can buy another memory card at my store, I guess that is what I will have to do.

 

      Sincerely,

     Matthew

       But I'm not giving up!

 


vietvet
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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:15 PM (GMT -7)   
devil hey matthew, take a picture of the cord and send me a pic of it via email, and maybe i can tell you which end is the usb end. oh yeah.............................................

are you sure you are not missing an adapter or something in the package?

vv

Matthew
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   Posted 3/7/2008 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
LOL. I got it!
I had the wrong cord. (Don't ask me what that other one is for, cell phone???). But I downloaded some shots of my fishtank. The right cord was attached to an AC adapter for battery re-charging. Sucess!!!
VV,
Yeah your a laugh riot as always, maybe I'll send that pic now!

Matthew

vietvet
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   Posted 3/7/2008 8:19 PM (GMT -7)   
great, matthew! now you can share pics of yer rock collection! skull

hey, getting back to your dilemma. that other cable that you were first describing. were the two connectors on the other end exactly the same?.......only maybe with different color code.......like maybe red and white or yellow and white?...........look kind of like a crown with one solid pin right in the middle? if so, that is prolly the cable that you can hook up to your tv (if it has RCA jacks on the back) or your vcr....some vcr's have a couple even on the front of the machine for input.....always some on the back for input. that is so you can hook the camera up to your tv and run a slide show on your tv screen. one of the leads is for video and the other is for sound, assuming your camera takes video clips, and most of them do these days.

Matthew
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   Posted 3/8/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh, yeah. That is the one, two different colors at the end. For the TV, huh?
Thanks for your suggestions. Now I just gotta figure out how to transfer pics to other computers! I feel a migraine coming on.. LOL

Matthew

vietvet
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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
three easy ways, matthew. if the camera has a removable card like i talked about earlier, either with an adapter, or direct port in the computer, you just plug it in, access it through 'my computer' and move the files to your hard drive. or, after you have them on one computer, burn a cd or dvd with all the pics on it, and then put the cd or dvd into the other computers and load them onto your hard drive again accessing them through 'my computer', only this time you will be looking at your D or E drive which are usually the cd or dvd drives. or you can just download (using the cable you just found) the pics from the camera to each computer the same way you did with this one. nowadays they also have little 2inch flash drives, you can pick up a 1 to 2 gig flash drive with a usb fitting on the end that you can just load them over to the flash drive from one computer and take it to another computer, plug it in, and take em off there to the hard drive of that computer. you can pick up a 1 gig for $10 to $15 now, and a 2 gig from $15 to $25 if you shop around.

vv

vietvet
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   Posted 3/8/2008 12:55 PM (GMT -7)   
you didn't respond to 'rock collection', maybe it would have been clearer to say 'stone' collection. devil

vv

Matthew
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   Posted 3/9/2008 7:29 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh those things? I donated them to a secret ninja organization to use like those spikey things assisting in quick getaways!
LOL
Actually, I'm talking about getting them from my harddrive onto a website or other such thing. I got 'em on my harddrive, a few pics of my fishtank..

Ciao,
Matthew

vietvet
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   Posted 3/9/2008 9:49 PM (GMT -7)   
photobucket.com

Matthew
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   Posted 3/11/2008 8:25 AM (GMT -7)   
Ok, I signed on to that website. Now what?

Matthew

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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -7)   

Have you tried Dell Tech Support Phone Number: 1-800-624-9896.

We have had some nice visits.  yeah

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UKpup
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   Posted 3/11/2008 10:54 AM (GMT -7)   
Matthew,

I would recommend downloading Picasa - it's a Google application. The neat thing about is is once you plug in your camera and turn it on, then Picasa will start up automatically, show you the pictures on your camera and ask if you want them downloaded to your computer. Once downloaded you can upload them to several different sites to order or just post so others can see - I order from Snapfish or Shutterfly, but there are several others. Very easy to use - I've been using it for several years now.

It also has tools to "fix" your pictures; ie, Red eye, cropping, turn them to B&W, etc.

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vietvet
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   Posted 3/11/2008 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
matthew, i am presuming you have been successful at getting the pics off the camera, and now want to know how to upload them to photobucket and share them here.

http://photobucket.com/tips

and click on 'tutorials'.

it's easier than it seems.

vv

Matthew
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   Posted 3/12/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Well for the one thing I needed, I already have the hang of it. I'll do this one of yours, since I'd like to eventually share some pics of my fish tank on ReefCentral. They use photobucket to post them.
I'm starting to figure this out now, but thanks to all for your help!

Ciao,
Matthew
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