Mac OS9.2 and KonicaMinolta Z3 camera

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by martin63, May 9, 2006.

  1. martin63 macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2006
    I recently purchased a KonicaMinolta Z3 camera and after checking that it was compatible with MacOS9 took it home and connected it to the computer. The manual describes the operation as being as easy as plug and play. However a window appeared on my desktop telling me the disk is unreadable by this computer, do I wish to initialise? By initialising the disk I have rendered it unusable by the camera. Unless I initialise the computer will not see the camera at all. What is going on?:confused: :confused: :confused:
    I know it is a long shot but is there anybody out there who can tell me why my Mac is doing this? I am to say the least:confused: and a bit:mad:
  2. chaos86 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003
    the problem here appears to be that the camera saves on it's 'disk' (it's flash memory card) in a file system that is unreadable by OS9, and when OS9 senses the 'disk' is connected but unreadable, it offers to 'initialize' it (wipe it clean and format it with a file system that OS9 likes better. apart from reading the manual and finding the OS9 instructions (good luck), I have no advice for you, theyre speaking different languages.
  3. martin63 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2006
    First of all thankyou for a quick reply to my question.
    All of what you say is clear to me and makes a great deal of sense. However the manual is perfectly clear, and its also written all over the box, that this camera is compatible with all operating systems, pc and mac, right back to OS9 and windows 98. Clearly this is not the case.
    Thankyou all the same. :(
  4. Dave00 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2003
    Two thoughts:

    (1) You might see if it works with a card-reader instead of the camera. Get one that's compatible with OS9. I think I may even have one still that worked with OS9 but not X.

    (2) Search for drivers. I seem to remember when I had a USB card reader for my old Pismo G3, I had to download a driver to read the CF card.

  5. martin63 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 9, 2006
    Thanks Dave for your reply.
    A card reader will be my next step. But I wonder wether my mac will ak me the same question as it may not recognise the format of the card once there are files on it. I'll have a go.
    Also the manual for the camera makes it clear that no drivers are required for os9.
    I hope I have joy, especially as the reseller has refused to reimburse me at all!:mad:
    Thanks for your help.:)

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