Software for Kodak DC 210 Does Not Work With Windows XP?

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by JEFF TURNER, Mar 3, 2009.

  1. JEFF  TURNER

    JEFF TURNER Guest

    Hello.

    I have an old Kodak DC 210 digital camera that I like very much. I recently
    upgraded (kicking and screaming) from Win. 98 to Win. XP Pro., and the
    software for the camera no longer works.

    Can you advise me on the best approach to take, so I can continue to use
    this DC 210 camera. Like, I have thought about getting a memory card
    reader, and removing the memory card from the camera when I want to process
    the images, but maybe there is a better way.

    Thanks.

    Jeff Turner

    Gates Mills, Ohio
     
    JEFF TURNER, Mar 3, 2009
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  2. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    I have a DC 210+. I use it with a card reader on a Linux system. So
    what's the issue? Faster file transfers and save the camera battery -
    seems like a deal to me (actually I have an AC adapter too). Get yourself
    an inexpensive CF USB card reader (or a multi unit if you think you might
    do other cards sometime). Crucial makes several for good prices, or visit
    your local walmart.
     
    ray, Mar 3, 2009
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  3. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    Hardly. My DC210+ is still working and so is my (more recent) P850. The
    DC210 is a good camera with several redeeming qualities: it's paid for,
    it takes decent 1mp photos (I've printed to 8x10 - they come out nicely),
    it has an available AC adapter (which came with mine), it uses CF cards
    instead of a proprietary expensive card, it's rugged, Kodak used to have
    an SDK you could download and use for free (may or may not still be
    available, but I have it), it's dependable and it's a nice size.
     
    ray, Mar 4, 2009
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  4. JEFF  TURNER

    dwight Guest

    My old Olympus 1.3MP camera with 2X digital zoom still works, too, but I
    wouldn't think of using it today. In fact, I still look back at the photos I
    took back in 2004 and wish that I could go back with today's cameras and do
    them over.

    Of course, I have no desire to return to Windows 98, either. Or black and
    white televisions.

    dwight
     
    dwight, Mar 4, 2009
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  5. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    I guess that would be a part of the difference. I look back at pictures I
    took with the DC210+ and wonder how I ever got such good looking photos -
    the modern equipment may surpass in resolution, but that's about it. I
    still use mine from time to time when I'm doing shoots for special events
    at the local library. They like to be able to print our photos 'on the
    spot' to give out to the kiddies - works fine.
     
    ray, Mar 4, 2009
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  6. Go and buy a decent digital camera and trash the Kodak.
     
    Hiram B Culpeper, Mar 4, 2009
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  7. We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the
    drugs began to take hold. I remember "JEFF TURNER"
    If the old software actually installs ok on XP Pro, then do this...
    Go to the installation folder, right click on the .exe file and select
    properties. Select 'compatibility' and run it as if it's in W98.
    It might work, it might not.
     
    Grimly Curmudgeon, Mar 4, 2009
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  8. JEFF  TURNER

    Guest

    | I have an old Kodak DC 210 digital camera that I like very much. I recently
    | upgraded (kicking and screaming) from Win. 98 to Win. XP Pro., and the
    | software for the camera no longer works.
    |
    | Can you advise me on the best approach to take, so I can continue to use
    | this DC 210 camera. Like, I have thought about getting a memory card
    | reader, and removing the memory card from the camera when I want to process
    | the images, but maybe there is a better way.

    1.

    I don't know the DC 210 but some googling, which did NOT come up with a full
    set of specs, does suggest the possibility it is connected to the computer
    via a USB cable. You'll have to confirm that for me. This camera is so old
    I cannot find it listed at my favorite spots for full specs.

    Older Windows did not support USB directly. It was necessary to add software
    to support the USB ports. This software would have at least included a driver.
    It often includes other things to let you browse pictures, edit them, etc.
    But this software will definitely NOT succeed at installing on XP if it is
    trying to install a USB driver. That is because XP already has USB drivers
    in it.

    If this camera connects via USB *AND* uses the USB standard for presenting its
    memory to the computer in the form of a small disk storage (just like a USB
    key/stick does ... and just like every camera I have used does), then you do
    not need ANY software on XP to at least get the pictures from the camera via
    the USB cable. You would then need to use other software to work with those
    pictures. But XP has more such software included than previous versions of
    Windows. Vista has even more if you want to go that route.

    So if it is true that this is a USB connection, just try it without adding any
    software and see if a new drive pops up when the camera is connected.

    2.

    I personally find it preferrable to transfer pictures from camera to computer
    by using the memory card. It involves fewer cables. It doesn't run down the
    camera battery (or require yet another cable to power the camera). And it is
    faster, even for my SDHC cards. FYI, CF has the ability to be faster than
    other kinds of memory cards because of its 8-bit data path, but that does not
    mean every device that works with CF achieves such speeds.

    Investing in a small USB to memory card adapter is, IMHO, a good investment.
    If you are comfortable working on the inside of a computer, AND if yours has
    an internal USB connection, and the space to mount a front panel slot, then
    an internal memory card adapter might be an option. Both of my main desktop
    computers have them (but then, I build my own computers). All new computers
    I see in Best Buy and Walmart have them already integrated. Many laptops
    seem to have at least one memory card slot (usually just SD) these days.

    Beware the adapters that have limited SD. If you get a new camera in the
    future, it likely will have an SDHC or SDXC card port. Many of the USB
    adapters still around are limited to the old SD (no HC or XC) protocol, and
    as such cannot support cards greater in size than 4GB (and the effective
    limit is really 2GB because most 4GB cards have been made to work with the
    SDHC protocol due to a few software drivers limit SD to 2GB due to programmer
    errors). If you choose to buy a USB to memory card adapter, don't pay more
    than about $12 for it unless you see that it really has SDHC.
     
    , Mar 4, 2009
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  9. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    Actually, it connects via a serial cable.

    Fine, but the DC210 uses CF cards.
     
    ray, Mar 4, 2009
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  10. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    USB is a specific form of serial. The serial cable used on the DC210 is
    not USB.
     
    ray, Mar 4, 2009
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  11. Well, strictly speaking in a technical sense yes (unless there are any
    cameras with a parallel or no port).
    However the vast majority of people mean RS-232 when they are talking
    about "serial", not USB.

    jue
     
    Jürgen Exner, Mar 4, 2009
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  12. JEFF  TURNER

    Dave Cohen Guest

    Unfortunately winxp doesn't just recognize any device when connected via
    usb. The device has to be aware. Canon cameras do NOT assign a drive
    number when connected and are not listed under My Computer. You do get
    an entry in windows explorer and can access the images on the card but
    you do not see the folder structure on the device.
    Same is true of certain mp3 players, depends on whether device uses MTP
    or MSC protocol.
    My older canon A40 is not recognized by winxp, it probably came with
    some sort of driver but I no longer have it and just use the card reader.
    Dave Cohen
     
    Dave Cohen, Mar 5, 2009
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  13. JEFF  TURNER

    ray Guest

    That's fine, but the DC210 does not use USB. It is an RS-232 serial cable.
     
    ray, Mar 5, 2009
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  14. JEFF  TURNER

    Guest

    | Actually, it connects via a serial cable.

    Oh well.

    | Fine, but the DC210 uses CF cards.

    I'm sure he'd check that the adapter has a CF slot. I'm suggesting also check
    it for SDHC and maybe even SDXC (new) so that a future camera purchase will
    more likely work.
     
    , Mar 6, 2009
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  15. JEFF  TURNER

    Guest

    | Unfortunately winxp doesn't just recognize any device when connected via
    | usb. The device has to be aware. Canon cameras do NOT assign a drive
    | number when connected and are not listed under My Computer. You do get
    | an entry in windows explorer and can access the images on the card but
    | you do not see the folder structure on the device.

    I've connected a Canon camera to a Linux system, and it came up as a drive.
    It didn't have letters like Windows, but Linux doesn't work that way. USB
    has a standard for how a drive should appear in the USB protocol. Windows
    should detect this and assign a letter. But maybe there are some cameras
    that do emulate a disk drive and some that don't.


    | Same is true of certain mp3 players, depends on whether device uses MTP
    | or MSC protocol.

    I don't know the specific protocols. I know my iPod Shuffle appears as a
    drive on Linux, with a size around 1GB.
     
    , Mar 6, 2009
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