olympus digital camera smart media card reade

July 21, 2010 at 05:46:47
Specs: Windows XP
Neither my Olympus C-3000 ZOOM digital camera nor the 128 MB Smart Media card that it uses is compatible with Vista for downloading photos (I have a Flash Path diskette for the Smart Media card). Is there software or a card reader that will interface my camera or card with Vista reliably?

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#1
July 21, 2010 at 08:13:03
It's not the version of Windows you are using - you would fare no better on Windows XP or indeed Windows 7 where SM cards are concerned. - it's the obsolete hardware you are using.

SM cards were discontinued quite some time ago before multi-format card-readers really took off. Consequently, the manufacturer's of card readers today don't support an obsolete format. Time to upgrade your camera my friend - SD is the card format almost everyone is using now.

Don't make life even more difficult for yourself than it needs to be - the technology is out there, embrace it and make life easier.


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#2
July 21, 2010 at 08:28:09
You should be able to load the Olympus Camedia software and with your camera cable download and view on the computer your pictures. This way the card does not matter. You do need an available usb port for the cable.

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#3
July 22, 2010 at 06:09:42
I've tried that, but apparently the Vista prevents recognition. That is how I used to download the pictures on my previous PC, which recognized the Camedia and Flashpath.

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#4
July 22, 2010 at 16:06:49
Flashpath was a floppy disk you put the sd card into.
That has been unsupported for a long time. I think the last time I used that was with Windows 98/ME.

Are you saying when you connect the cable from usb port to camera nothing happens?
Camedia does pop up?
Nothing showing in My Computer as a drive?


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#5
July 23, 2010 at 18:28:19
Camedia starts up and, with the camera connected, tells me it doesn't recognize it and that I need to contact Olympus, which I have done. They were unable to provide any type of fix, but did recommend I buy a Belkin multi-card reader which the user manual says works with Vista. I'll try that. I do have a newer camera, but it seems silly to just trash this one which works fine other than the Vista problem.

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