HALP!!

Aug. 11th, 2008 11:36 pm
lilyofshalott: (Timing malfunction (scudthefish))
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GAAAAHH!! Did I already post about my shiny new MacBook? Or is that in the entry I've been meaning to write up (including a Silly Poll of Much Randomness) and haven't gotten to yet (must do that tomorrow)? I've been working on the long process of transfering my IE favourites (yes, I know I should really switch to Firefox) on my PC to a Word document so I can add them to my Firefox favourites on my Mac (also need to lean Firefox). This, as you can imagine, is quite tedious. I therefore thought I should do something today that was still moving things from one computer to another but didn't involve endless copy/pasting. Of course, I figured transferring my pictures from my digital camera would be fairly simple. ::facepalm::

The first spot of trouble occurred when I attempted to install the photo software that came with my camera (a Nikon Coolpix L3)—I was able to install the bits I didn't ever use on my PC, but not PictureProject, which is the main programme. I figured this would be okay as iPhoto seems to have importing capabilities. I happily plugged my camera (her name is Jane, by the way) into my laptop and started importing. As I have a very-nearly-full 1GB memory card and importing would take a while, I thought I would close the screen a bit so I wouldn't be seeing the pictures flash by—I had both computers turned on and was going to go back to working on the PC (where I was already listening to iTunes). I remembered when I had the screen almost closed that Macs sleep when their screens are closed (or is this a general laptop thing?), so I quickly opened the screen again. The "thinking" circle had started spinning, so I waited for about a minute and then force quit iPhoto because it said it wasn't responding. After reopening iPhoto, I was able to re-import the pictures that had been saved on the laptop before the application froze on me. I tried importing the rest of the pictures, but iPhoto froze on me again. This is about when I started panicking. I decided I really ought to disconnect my camera, but didn't know where to look for the icon on a Mac so I headed to Apple's support page. Looking back at the iPhoto screen, there wasn't an icon that showed it was recognising my camera (there had been when I had imported the other pictures); according to iPhoto, my camera wasn't connected. More panicking. I couldn't see any other way to disconnect my camera, so I unplugged it. Very, very bad, I know, but there wasn't anything for me to click on to disconnect it properly! I then tried turning the camera off, thinking I'd see if turning it off and then back again would help things.

IT.WON'T.TURN.OFF. ::flails:: Pressing the On/Off button does nothing. Pressing the button to take pictures does nothing. I just tried the rest of the buttons and none of them do anything, either. The screen is also black. The camera is *still* on and it's been about 30 minutes since I started writing this (right after the initial bout of "I think I broke my camera!! O_O" panicking)—generally it turns itself off after a few minutes of me not doing anything with it.

Does anyone have any idea what I should do? I tried my user manual but nothing in the troubleshooting section was helpful, especially as I'm not even sure exactly what's wrong. Do I take out the batteries and see if that does anything? (Why does technology often hate me?) Please tell me I didn't accidentally break my camera . . . HALP!!

ETA: It's half-one and the camera is *still* on. O_O

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