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Stinking ION Digital Camera and Vista

My eight-year-old son bought me an ION digital camera for Christmas- needless to say, since it was within his price range (and he is OH SO PROUD of himself for finding it- I should be grateful it's not a Spiderman!)it is absolutely not Vista compatable! It plugs in fine, the CD even loads, and then we get to the part where I choose which system the cd is compatable with, choose XP, go on... Windows says it will have to find the software online, fine, installs, then still no go! Is there any hope for this? I have been messing around with it for 3 months, and still have yet to get it to work, for all that my computer says it has found/installed the necessary software.

I don't want to disappoint my boy, but this is starting to look hopeless!

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In reply to: Stinking ION Digital Camera and Vista

You did not provide much information about the camera.
I did a search for ION cameras and found several models with the Polaroid label.

That type of camera is mostly designed and made in China, and is usually unsupported.

But there is hope.

If the camera uses a memory card, you can buy a card reader.
Then you do not have to install any of the software that came with the camera.

Any store that sells digital cameras will sell memory card readers.
Prices run from $10 to $20.

You can attach the card reader to your computer USB port and Vista will recognize the reader as being a new hard disk. Vista will load the correct drivers.

After that is done, install the memory card (full of photos) into the card reader.
Then you can use Windows Explorer or My Computer to find the new hard disk (which will be the memory card). Use drag and drop to move the photos to your computer.


If your ION camera can not use a memory card, you should contact Polaroid and see if they have a driver for Vista.
If not, use a friends computer.
A friend with XP operating system.


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Same camera.

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Thank you so much! I will try this as soon as I can get to town! What's really strange is that all of the other software that came with the camera works just fine, only the actual driver for the camera won't load! I can even use it as a web-cam! In the meantime, my son is using my cell phone as his digital camera, and I now have several hundred pictures (albeit mostly fuzzy and at funky angles!) that he has emailed to my computer from my phone!

As far as details on the camera, there really are none! It's the cheap grey ION Digital Camera that you see in K-Mart, made, of course, in China, takes one AAA battery, no model number or anything that I can find!

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Can you send me the drivers you have from the cd please I lost my cd and cannot find the drivers anywhere and I believe that the camera you are talking about I have and I am on xp so they should work for me please thanks Peter

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