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iPhoto error: Unreadable Files
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Aug 2, 2004, 11:48 PM
Ok, folks, newbie to Macs, OS X, and iPhoto, so bear with me. I have a Canon S45 digital camera and I would like to be able to upload my pictures from it to iPhoto. However, when I hook up my camera, it seems like a lot of the photos don't get uploaded and I get an error saying:

Unreadable Files: xx

The following files could not be imported (they may be an unrecognized file type or the files may not contain valid data).

The "xx" seems to be a different number, usually 60 or 70-something, each time I attempt to do an upload (there are currently 154 pictures on the camera). The "unreadable files" are different and seemingly random each time I try to upload.

Now the thing is, when I hook it up to my Windows XP machine, the photo program I use on it, Picasa, downloads all the files properly. Do I need to do something to set up iPhoto differently? The memory in the camera is a 256 MB CompactFlash card.

Thanks for the help.
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Aug 3, 2004, 09:13 AM
Maybe the USB port is going bad. Try another.
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Aug 3, 2004, 11:35 AM
Try copying the photos off the camera from within the Finder and then drag them from the desktop into iPhoto.

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