Newbie question on Coolpix 950.

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by algae, Jul 31, 2003.

  1. algae

    algae Guest

    Hi all,
    I am borrowing a Coolpix 950 from a friend. I installed Nikon View 6 and
    have the camera connected via serial port. However I can't see the cameral
    on my computer. I think it is supposed to appear as another removable drive?
    It may be something obvious but I'm stuck! Any help would be appreciated.
    algae, Jul 31, 2003
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    MarkH Guest

    I used one of these cameras for over 4 years and there are still plenty of
    pic from it on my web site.

    When I first got it I took about 18 pics which filled the 8MB card, then I
    used the serial cable to transfer the images to my PC. That was the only
    time I ever used the serial cable to transfer images. It took about 15min
    for only 8MB!

    Card readers are cheap and compared to a serial cable they are staggeringly

    Don’t waste your time trying to get the serial to work, as soon as you do
    you will realise that you do not want to use it anyway. Save time and get
    a card reader now.
    MarkH, Jul 31, 2003
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    Don Wiss Guest

    Get a card reader! Now I am aware that others have made this suggestion.
    And it has even been pointed out how cheap they are. But I'll add a link to
    make it easy for you:

    Only $19, and it reads both CompactFlash and SmartMedia!

    The CompactFlash only version got so cheap that it doesn't pay to sell it
    by e-mail, but you may still find it in a retail store.

    And here are the new faster models:

    And then this one, but I've read that it has problems:

    Don <donwiss at>.
    Don Wiss, Aug 1, 2003
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    Logan McMinn Guest

    Cheap (and better) as they are, I suspect you may not want to pay for a
    card reader if you are only borrowing the camera for a short while.

    Before you do, I believe that you have to start and run Nikon View as
    an application. Then it should look for the camera and let you
    transfer the files to your computer. The camera may not show up as a
    device on your desktop. I installed it on My Macintosh ( a couple of
    years ago, so my memory is a little fuzzy, and it may have been version
    5. I soon switched to a card reader and haven't used it since.), and
    that's the way it worked for me at the time. It's worth a try,
    anyway, before spending money on a card reader.
    Logan McMinn, Aug 1, 2003
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    algae Guest

    Thanks all. I hear what you are saying about the card reader but this only
    involves transferring 2 photos and I'm done with the camera! Logan I have
    run Nikon View as an app but I still can't see my photos.
    algae, Aug 1, 2003
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    NV6 does not support serial connections!

    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Aug 1, 2003
  7. algae

    algae Guest

    Thanks Ed. Which version does support it?
    algae, Aug 1, 2003
  8. algae

    algae Guest

    Btw I am running Win XP Pro.
    algae, Aug 1, 2003
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    From what I can tell, Version 3 was the last to support serial connections.
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Aug 1, 2003
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