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Is there a source for a 64-bit driver for the LS-120 drive (Panasonic camera).

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January 23, 2012 1:56:47 PM

I have a Panasonic camera which uses LS-120 Superdisks for storage. I use it for my work as a natural gas engineer. It is extremely tough and I do not have to downsample the 1.3 MP images to email or post on the web. I also (rare occcasions) use it with an old Win2000 laptop like a floppy drive.
Unfortunately Windows 7 64-bit does not even recognize it is hooked up. I went to 64-bit to facilitate AutoCAD memory use. Now I have to use other computers to get photos onto my primary machine. Panasonic has not updated their driver since Win2000, but the camera has worked fine with WinXP and Vista. Any ideas for a 64-bit driver source?
a c 316 G Storage
January 23, 2012 2:07:12 PM

How do you hook up to the PC? Do you have a Superdisk drive installed (which I think uses the floppy interface), a USB reader, or connect the camera directly? This would tell us what direction to go in.

The first suggestion would be to see if Panasonic has a support page. But I think that that is a fairly old format. How old is the camera? What is the model number?
January 23, 2012 2:48:23 PM

I connect the camera directly to the computer using a USB cable. I just realized my original request is misleading; the computer initially tries to install a driver but fails, and thereafter does not see the drive/camera. In previous Windows versions (98-Vista) the camera was listed as Floppy B:.
This Panasonic camera is similar to the Mavica camera manufactured by Sony which uses floppy drive memory, but mine uses 120 MB disks as well.
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a c 316 G Storage
January 23, 2012 5:37:46 PM

My first approaches would be
0) Try another USB cable.
1) Try it in another PC, just to check
2) Check Panasonic to see if there are any recent updates for support for that model
3) Throw up my hands in despair, or buy an external USB LS-120 reader.

If you find that you can read the disks attaching the camera to another computer, and if you haven't already, make backup copies of every one of your disks.
January 30, 2012 11:14:15 AM

Best answer selected by TommyPE.
January 30, 2012 11:15:46 AM

Thanks for the help! I am a Newbie to this forum and do not know how to close a thread, but I am ready to stop receiving emails about it.
Thanks again.
January 30, 2012 5:06:27 PM

This topic has been closed by Mousemonkey