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Old 05-02-2007, 08:48 PM   #1
Bill Murmann
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Default An Interesting Disaster

I started using a new HP desktop computer in January. I just tried for the first time to copy photos from my digital camera's XD memory card to the computer.

First, I printed the instructions in the Help file: Insert the memory card into the XD slot on the computer, the computer will recognize the card, etc.

Well, I inserted the card as instructed. Not only did the computer NOT recognize the card, it apparently deleted all the photos off the card, and damaged the card to the extent that I can no longer use it in my camera.

When I inserted the XD memory card back into my camera, I got a message "Card Not Initialized," and the camera won't display the photos I had on the card.

I figure I lost about 80 photos--and I have no idea what happened or how it happened.

My old computer used the much-reviled Windows ME operating system. I used a USB card reader and never had any trouble transfering photos from my XD memory card to the computer for processing with Paint Shop Pro 9.

I get a new computer with the XP Pro Media Center OS and I get blown out of the water the first time I try to use it to handle photos from my camera.

I'm venting here, but it seems that my new whiz-bang computer is more difficult to use than my old outdated system--and the newest version of Paint Shop Pro (XI) is also harder to use, especially with its confusing "Snapfire" photo handling software. Whatever was Corel thinking...?

I used to be able to handle digital photos without a problem. Now I'm struggling.

I'm going to call Hewlett-Packard tech support about losing all my photos and my damaged XD memory card.

In the meantime, I'd appreciate any suggestions. I've already thought about throwing the computer out the window, but unfortunately that is not an option.

--Bill
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