I know. I know. I have been back for awhile and have not posted any photos. Well it is not because I don’t want to or don’t have any to post. I am currently having some more technical challenges that I have to over come.
I thought that today I would move the photos from the Olympus camera onto the UBUBTU PC and choose some to post. That was the thing that started all of the new challenges.
I removed xD card from the camera and inserted it into the xD reader that is supposed to be read by the USB port. I plugged the USB card reader into a USB 2.0 slot on the UBUNTU PC. The flash reader immediately appeared as a new device and I thought this was going to be as simple as it was using my Canon photo transfer. However then Linux told me that it could not find any information on the new drive.
Sometimes it takes a while to get new devices recognized by Linux and I thought maybe my reader is an unsupported device. Being impatient, I took the USB reader and inserted it into the Apple Mini Mac. Likewise, the device was recognized by the Mac but it also told me that the device had no data.
I decide that I would try it one more time on the Windows XP PC. Here enters another new problem. The Windows XP PC is not booting up. I don’t know when it was last used, but now I need to find out what is broken with it.
So returning to the Apple I decide to see if I can read the xD card directly from the camera. I replace the xD card in the camera and verify that it still contains all the photos and it did. I then Take the USB camera cable that I normally use with my Canon and find the spot on the Olympus camera where the cable connects only to realize that Olympus and Canon use different standards for the plugs at the camera end.
Damn! Now where did I put all the extra stuff that came with the Olympus. I find where I put it and try the Olympus cable connecting the Apple and the camera. Apple is happy and shows that a new drive exits and this time the device has data. I copied the file of photos to the Apple. I will count that as my success for the day.
Not being satisfied, I go back to the UBUNTU Linux to see if I can transfer the photos directly from the camera. Again Linux sees a new drive, but again, it thinks the device has no data. So as far as Linux is concerned, this has to be a problem supporting the Olympus camera or a problem reading xD memory cards no matter how they are connected.
So to list the new problems I have to solve:
- USB xD card reader not functioning on Linux or Mac OSX. Can’t check it on Windows yet.
- Can’t import photos from Olympus camera to Linux.
- Windows XP PC is not booting.
- Review photos for future posts.
I think I need to take a break and go get something to eat. I now have enough new projects to keep me busy for quite awhile and most of them are projects that I wish I didn’t have. One of these days you will see some new photos.