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Old 11-03-2005, 07:41 AM
MrFantsyPants MrFantsyPants is offline
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So, I left my Digital Camera out in the rain...

My 2 y.o. daughter, who can be cute at the worst of times, was being exceptionally photogenic while we were mucking in the backyard the other day, so, I grabbed the digital camera (Canon 20D, cost me about $2500), and snapped a few photos.

The next morning, I opened the back door to let the dog out, and there, on the barbeque, covered in rain, was my dearest, most loved possession. "Holy crap!" said I, as my day descended into quagmire of self-castigation, anger, and sadness. I wiped off everything that I could, took everything apart and put it in front of the fan for the day, on the off-chance that the water didn't get to anything vital.

When I put it back together the next morning, everything worked perfectly. So, big relief, and a mighty big thumbs-up to Canon, who obviously must have realized at some point that I'm a dumbass, and designed the camera with that in mind.
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Old 11-03-2005, 07:54 AM
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I, too, am a dumbass when it comes to my fabulous digital camera. Not only did I leave the case in the car when we went looking at beautiful stuff at the Natural Bridge in Wisconsin (when the skies opened up and dumped gallons of rain on us) but I also didn't disconnect the camera properly after downloading pics to my computer, and I had to send it in to be repaired. :wally To the tune of $135. FUCK!

But I still can't download. Does anyone happen to know what sort of damage I've done to the computer, and is this something that's fixable by me (a computer moron) or if I have to send the machine into the shop as well?
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:03 AM
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So, I left my Digital Camera out in the rain...

(sings)

...and I don't think that I could take it

'Cause it took so long to make it

And I'll never have that Patent link agaaaaaiiiiinnnnnnn........


Oh, nooooooooooooooooooooooo...............





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Old 11-03-2005, 08:46 AM
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But I still can't download. Does anyone happen to know what sort of damage I've done to the computer, and is this something that's fixable by me (a computer moron) or if I have to send the machine into the shop as well?
Doesn't matter. Buy a card reader. Much better idea. Connecting a camera directly to the computer means you can't use it for 20 minutes and greatly increases the chance that you'll hook the cable, sending the camera to the floor.

(I'm actually dubious that you could damage a camera by disconnecting it -- worst that I could see happening would be causing a formatting error on the flash card or a disk error on the computer. You might try running a disk repair program on your computer, just in case.)
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Old 11-03-2005, 08:51 AM
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Doesn't matter. Buy a card reader. Much better idea. Connecting a camera directly to the computer means you can't use it for 20 minutes and greatly increases the chance that you'll hook the cable, sending the camera to the floor.

(I'm actually dubious that you could damage a camera by disconnecting it -- worst that I could see happening would be causing a formatting error on the flash card or a disk error on the computer. You might try running a disk repair program on your computer, just in case.)
My printer prints directly from the chip. What's a card reader? Will it download the images to a disk?

I've always been able to use the camera right after downloading. There is nothing in the instructions that tells me not to. What is the purpose of waiting 20 minutes? By the way, this is an Olympus C5000 zoom. I've had it about 2 years.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:00 AM
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I've always been able to use the camera right after downloading. There is nothing in the instructions that tells me not to. What is the purpose of waiting 20 minutes? By the way, this is an Olympus C5000 zoom. I've had it about 2 years.
I'm pretty sure that was a reference to hooking up the camera to your PC and downloading the images, a process which might take up to 20 minutes, and during which time your camera would be unavailable for use.

Or else maybe his camera is like going swimming right after you eat.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:14 AM
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Use a cardreader, Kalhoun! I find it amusing you don't know what one is. They're very useful.

I bought one that has four slots, for different memory cards - we wanted it to fit both mine and the SO's memory cards. And that way you can pop in one card, start copying the files, and still use the camera or whatever. And the cardreader's software is more universal, or so I've been told.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:21 AM
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Examples of card readers at Tiger Direct.
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Old 11-03-2005, 09:21 AM
Kalhoun Kalhoun is offline
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Use a cardreader, Kalhoun! I find it amusing you don't know what one is. They're very useful.

I bought one that has four slots, for different memory cards - we wanted it to fit both mine and the SO's memory cards. And that way you can pop in one card, start copying the files, and still use the camera or whatever. And the cardreader's software is more universal, or so I've been told.
Wow. I just looked this up at BestBuy. Who knew? (I guess you did.) Yes, I'll be investing in one of these little dudes shortly. Thanks for the tip!
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