|Quoting LMML 14/32 (Reply 2):|
I found through previous experiece that extracting and re-inistalling the card repeatedly in it's camera slot will eventually wear out some camera components and it will wear out or damage the slot and/or connections
Are you serious? I have never heard of that happening before and am quite shocked that it happened to you. I am ejecting and inserting my cards several times a day. Especially during long events, I run through at least 10 cards and I have never been careful about that aspect of the camera usage.
I am also advocating the use of a card reader, particularly because I am very worried about a physical connection between my camera and my computer. Any surge to the computer has a good chance of damaging the camera as well. But then again, I might just be as paranoid about this event as you are worried about damaging the card/slot/connections.
To get to the bottom of your issue: Could it be that your camera needs to be turned on or in a specific setting for Vista to recognize it? I used to have a point and shoot that I had to set to "review" mode (rather than shooting mode) to get the computer to recognize it.