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February 21, 2007

Minolta Z1 "Initializing USB Connection"

This is very annoying: I just bought a cable to transfer data between my Minolta Z1 digital camera and my computer. However, when it is hooked up, it just says:

"Initializing USB connection"

It never gets past that screen.

The cable apparently works. If I plug the cable into the camera (with the camera turned on) without it being plugged into the computer, there's no effect. It's as if there's no cable attached at all. However, if I then plug the other end of the cable into the computer, suddenly the familiar "Initializing USB Connection" screen appears on the camera. So apparently signal is traveling the cable.

The annoying thing is that there is nothing - NOTHING - on the Internet about this, at least that's my experience with search engine results. Well there is one thing: a person who said that he had this problem, but then it went away when he pressed his USB cable more tightly into his cable extension. Perhaps he's right about what fixed his problem, but perhaps he's just guessing and he doesn't really know what changed to make his work. Nevertheless, it doesn't help me any - I'm not using an extension, and my cable is firmly implanted at both ends into their receptacles.

Anyone have a clue what is going on here?

Posted by Jeff at February 21, 2007 01:45 PM


Jeff, Found a link to download owners manuels. Also, Sony now owns Minolta.

If it were me, I would uninstall the software and reinstall the software first. Maybe check to see if your computer is running USB 2.0 (standard enhanced USB host controller)

Hope this helps!!!

Posted by: Randy at March 6, 2007 10:52 PM

Hiya Randy, thanks for the suggestion.

Unfortunately, there is no software to install nor uninstall. The USB port is supposed to recognize the camera as a mass storage device, similar to how it recognizes flash cards and similar media.

I've deleted the USB ports from my hardware profile in an effort to make them reinstall upon reboot, which they do, but...no help.

Posted by: Jeff at March 6, 2007 11:47 PM

Hi Jeff, I agree that USB is suppose to recognize just about anything plugged into it. Unless the device plugged into it is not responding? Of course you know the camera would have to be on. I did find a support page but it did'nt appear to have XP drivers for the Z1.


One last thing if all else fails -
Konica Minolta Technical support phone numbers will remain unchanged.
Film Product Support: 1-877-646-6582
Digital Product Support: 1-877-462-4464

Good Luck

Posted by: Randy at April 1, 2007 10:05 AM

I learned that the camera had to be turned on before the USB cable is plugged into the computer.

Posted by: David at October 30, 2007 02:38 PM

I just had the same problem - did you figure out a way to fix it? Please help!!! I have pics of my two month old on my camera :(

Posted by: Emily at January 16, 2009 08:59 AM

The camera is to be turned off during connection

Posted by: Mark Strand at February 13, 2009 09:47 PM

I had the same problem too... check the usb storage option in the camera and set it to mass storage. That will do the trick. Let me know if it helps!

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Posted by: AddedemRigzed at July 3, 2009 06:04 PM

I have had the same problem with my sony a200 dslr, bought a new cable for it and still no luck.
Please tell me if you have found a solution, thanks Matt x

Posted by: Matt at January 11, 2010 11:19 AM

Having the same issue with my SONY a200. Any solution yet?

Posted by: Glenn at September 4, 2010 04:20 PM

Just had the same issue with my Sony a350, using my pc (Win 7 Pro). So I tried to download to my laptop (Win 7 Home premium) instead of my pc (using the same camera and cable and it downloaded fine. I changed the card in the camera and tried again on the pc - it still did not work. I tried all sorts of changes to the pc, but it still did not work. I then restored to a couple of weeks ago and it worked again. So I reckon it is a windows update that is conflicting with the camera. I suspect the easy option in the long term is to buy a card reader, because I think this might happen again.

Posted by: Robert at May 28, 2011 05:41 PM

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