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Panasonic dmc-fz7 digital camera isn't being recognized

by alant111 / November 20, 2011 7:34 AM PST

My Panasonic dmc-fz7 digital camera isn't being recognized
by my Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit PC. Why? I do not have a driver installed for it. Microsoft's site says I do not need one. Note: My laptop with the exact same specs doesn't recognize it either. Do I need a driver? I don't see any on Panasonic's site. Thanks.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 20, 2011 7:43 AM PST

I see this has a SD card. Try reading that card with your PC.

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Something to Try
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 20, 2011 8:36 AM PST

You do not need a driver.

Turn your camera on.
Put your camera in the "play-back mode"
The play-back mode is the mode that you use when you are reviewing pictures you have taken.
Leave the camera on.
Plug the USB cable into the camera and into the computer.

Now use "My Computer" or "Windows Explorer" on the computer and look for a new hard drive.
That hard drive will be the memory card in the camera.
Check each of the folders.
Use drag and drop to copy the image files to your computer.


R. Proffitt's suggest about the card reader on the computer does the same thing..
But it is a better way - because you will not be wasting your camera battery time while downloading the image files.


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Panasonic dmc-fz7 digital camera follow-up
by alant111 / November 21, 2011 7:24 AM PST
In reply to: Something to Try

Ok. I put the SD card into my PC and got the pictures. Why can't I get them from my camera anymore? I used to be able to. Now, the camera doesn't even appear in the devices. This is what shows in my devices:
M340 digital camera

Want to hear something strange? The M340 digital camera isn't even connected to the computer.

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 21, 2011 8:31 AM PST

The camera will not be in the "devices" as it does not have drivers (it does not need drivers).

I would guess that (in the past) you used a software program to download the pictures from the camera.
If that program no longer finds the camera, you need to contact whoever makes the software.


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