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jennifer doxakis Jul 18, 2008, 02:45am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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I still have a disc for Arcsoft Photo Impression from our previous computer, I installed onto our HP Vista system. Its the only program I can use without a hitch to upload photos from camera, etc. Only thing is when you click "create" the program freezes and stops responding and closes. Same thing happens with my Kodak Easyshare program. Any ideas as to why?


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Jules Jul 18, 2008, 04:59am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with some programs freezing and stops responding
Hi Jennifer
For uploading photos from a digital camera all you need is Vista. Connect up the camera lead to the computer using the firewire port on the camera and the USB on the computer. When you turn the camera power on Windows Vista should recognise your camera and ask you if you want to upload your photos. Just follow the instructions to put the photos into "My Pictures". Its really easy and straightforward.
I usually recommend to folk that they do NOT load their camera software unless they want to use the editing features on it because
Vista also has "Windows photo gallery" where you can tag, rate, sort and edit your photos.

Loading older software on a Vista computer can be fraught as it often will not work as the software is not designed for Vista.
For your Kodak easyshare software (if you must load it) - go to the manufacturers website and see if there is an updated version of the software for Vista available for downloading.

Programs that 'hang' with Vista may require more memory (RAM), especially graphics and games programs. Some new Vista computers come with only 1GB of memory, which is a bit naughty of the vendor, as, even though Vista will run, it really should have at least 1.5GB of RAM to be OK, and much more capably with 2GB.

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john albrich Jul 18, 2008, 05:55am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with some programs freezing and stops responding
Jules said:
...Connect up the camera lead to the computer using the firewire port on the camera and the USB on the computer....

I don't think so....
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As for using software that came with a previous computer on a new computer (e.g. the Arcsoft CD you mentioned)...sometimes "bundled" software like that is specially designed to be used on a specific brand of computer or specific OS installation. The license agreement that comes with the software may in fact tell you that it must not be used with any other computer. and doing so violates the terms of the license...basically, the vendor considers it to be pirating. The software may work 100% properly on another system and it may not, especially if you change from a "lower" OS to a "higher" OS.

I do agree with Jules that often the "built-in" photo management software that comes with the OS is all that is needed. If you need more, there are a number of freeware graphics and photo editor programs available that often far surpass the features and quality of "bundleware". For example, some people like "GIMP".

Ref:
MajorGeeks Graphics Section
http://majorgeeks.com/downloads37.html
"Gizmo" Best Freeware-Digital imaging / Photo software
http://www.techsupportalert.com/imaging


edit-fix format prob and add comment on freeware
edit-add reference links to majorgeeks and "gizmo" graphics info

Jules Jul 18, 2008, 06:44am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with some programs freezing and stops responding
john albrich said:
Jules said: [quote]...Connect up the camera lead to the computer using the firewire port on the camera and the USB on the computer....

I don't think so....
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Ok, what do you call the place where you plug the camera lead into the camera?
OK so lets call it the 'camera connector".
In my experience - Different sorts of ports for different brands of camera....

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john albrich Jul 18, 2008, 11:26am EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with some programs freezing and stops responding
I was trying to use dry humor that you don't connect a "firewire" interface to a "USB" interface, regardless of whether it's a camera. Not a big deal.

However, it probably would have been best to just refer to a generic data connector on both devices. While some digital video cams use a firewire connector, I think most digital cameras* use a USB interface. So, there is a mix. But, in use, you can't mix the actual interfaces.


*Many digital cams do have the ability to take motion video, but their primary purpose is generally considered to be capturing static images. Even high-end high-resolution (e.g. lots of data to transfer) cams like the Nikon D300 still use a USB connector.

TamTheBam Jul 18, 2008, 02:10pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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Lol Jules, I have to find this USB/Firewire cable :P

....I'm back, but only as a part-timer... :)
Jules Jul 18, 2008, 04:36pm EDT Reply - Quote - Report Abuse
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>> Re: Problem with some programs freezing and stops responding
Hi again Jennifer
Well, after all that - just connect the camera lead to the camera and the other end into your computer, and follow the Vista instructions - easy.
Sometimes we just have to move on, forget about what we are used to, and embrace the new ways of doing things.
FYI the 'tagging' feature in Vista is very useful.

Yep - John - consider me corrected
Tam the Bam - ditto.

Another thought Jennifer - I would go to Add remove programs in your Vista computer and uninstall that Kodak easy share and the ArcSoft software if you see them in the list.
Then all you wil be left with is the 'default' picture handler - Vista.

Let us know how you get on.


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