I don't know of a remedy on how to fix it, but you can put your SD card directly into the computer for the same effect. (I don't know if that's the same thing, I just know that I don't use my cord.) Good luck. :)
Hi Blorr, I bought it for my sister and she loves it . It takes wonderful pictures. She hasn't had a chance to use all the options. The photos she has taken are very good, great colour and she like the Black & white option. I was also considering get one for myself, as a back up to my Panasonic Lumix GF1.
Unfortunately, this one uses AA batteries. You could buy rechargeable batteries, but I realize that's not what you're looking for. The battery life is surprisingly long for what kind of camera it is. (I'd say they last about 10 hours of use.)
http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-NP-45-Lithium-Rechargeable-Battery/dp/B000UXDHNY - Perhaps you can buy the battery separately? I'm not familiar with Fujifilm's with rechargeable batteries; sorry.
Just the three settings via internal neutral density filter. Getting desired depth of field can be an issue in some cases where the N/D filter is concerned. It wasn't too hard to figure out the 'sweet-spots'. Here is a link to the Fuji spec site - http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/specifications/s/finepix_s4000/