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I just got a Nikon S3700 camera. Why can't I upload my

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I just got a Nikon S3700 camera. Why can't I upload my pictures to my desktop computer using the cable provided which plugs in the camera to the computer?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Camera and Video
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.


Due to recent security updates to the Windows operating system and virus protection programs interfere with the camera connections. I have seen many cases where the connection worked one day and would not work the next. Some manual set up may be required to get the camera to connect, even with the new software. See Below

Next, restart you computer. Then with the camera on and connected with the USB cable, press the playback or review button on the camera and go to [Start] control panel, ( In Windows 7 select show all options) scanners and cameras and try to connect through the wizard. If unsuccessful, the last place to look is in the device manager. Go to back Control Panel, double click the System icon and select Device Manager. Under the heading Imaging Devices you should find the camera, possibly with a yellow triangle with an exclamation point. Click on Imaging devices (the words will highlight), then go up and click on Action and select "scan for hardware changes". The camera may then appear under the heading. You can also delete it and allow the computer to try to provide the correct driver. If you are try to use the Nikon software, open the program and try to connect.

While not the most popular suggestion, this one depending on your computer configuration may be the only way around the problem and one of the two cameras photos may need to downloaded as follows. As an alternative, because of multiple compatibility issues with the camera connections and current operating systems, my other suggestion is to get an inexpensive usb memory card reader. You can take your memory card from the camera and plug it into the computer. The card will show up as a removable drive in "My Computer" and you can copy the photo files to a folder on your hard drive and view and print them from Windows or even transfer them from the card into the Nikon software. Personally, I prefer this method due to the simplicity and reduced wear and tear on the camera.

Please keep in mind that my diagnosis & solutions provided are directly dependent on the accuracy of your description of the problem. As with any "do it yourself" fixes, success is a "team effort", since I can't see or touch the camera, and relies on the customer's manual dexterity and ability to follow the instructions well.

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
My computer does not have a memory card slot. Is there a way to purchase the usb memory card reader and let me plug the memory card into the reader and then upload to the computer?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
It also says I need a driver...shouldn't that have come with the camera...I am about to return the camera!
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Russell, are you there?
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

What is your Windows operating system? You should not need a special driver.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I guess you have no more answers?
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

I don"t type very fast.....

An inexpensive SD card reader is available at any electronics store like Best Buy

Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Or even Target or Walgreen.

Is the computer asking for a driver when you go to the camera Wizard?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
OK, I'll try that...Thanks
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it searches for a driver and doesn't find one
Expert:  Russell A. replied 1 year ago.

Also, with the camera connected with the cable, check to see if a removable drive shows up in my computer. Most of the time it will even without an additional driver.