Lightroom: Can't import from Camera issue (Windows)

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OK this is the second time this issue has occurred, first time Adobe staff connect for 2 hours and screwed my machine, no amount of re-install of LR CC would fix the issue, had to re-install Windows in the end and re-install all my applications (will not be doing this this time)

So I have 2 Canon 5D Mk3's, when connected directly to USB and I attempt to import the images, no images are found, using other import applications and windows all images are there and retrievable, remove the SD and CF cards, place in a reader and LR can now see and import the images.

So connect the 2 camera's to my MacBook Pro and all is as expected I can see the images and import, so it is not camera, usb lead or memory card issue's on LR on my PC

PC has 32gig of physical RAM, over 1 TB or SD HD memory, running windows 10, LR has been stable for around 8 months.

ANY idea's... I can put up with memory issues when editing and importing and restarting LR every 1 hour, but I'm not re-installing windows again when it's either a DLL or registry issue, I will find another vendor

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Not a solution but a means of avoiding the problem.  Use a card reader, either one that'll fit a spare bay on your machine or an external USB one - best to get a USB3 version if your machine has the ability to work with these. 

I've never been 100% happy about direct connection, although many do without problems but by not using LR this way, it does allow some different file naming options (like DDMMYY date format in the string) and pre LR loading sorting into user relevant folders. OK, some LR fanatics say doing anything outside of it lengthens the workflow time and it's unnecessary, but it works for me.

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I understand your reasoning, being an event photographer I don't really like taking the cards out, especially the CF (possibility of bent pins) I have to process 2~3k images and just connecting the camera is the easiest, bundled with LR slowdown it may be time to change.. ty for the comment.
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Silly question. Are you plugging both cameras in at the same time. If so connect one at a time and also try using different USB ports. LR has been know to have issues with some USB 3.0 ports. Try a different USB port preferably a USB 2.0 port. Also try shutting down windows, turn off the AC power, wait about 10 seconds, and then reboot. If that doesn't work tell us your system model, LR version, and Windows version including any recent updates (Anniversary, Creators).
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Update:10/05/2017 07:59
Adobe Bridge does find the image now after I have formatted the cards, LR still NG

It's defiantly LR related, if I attach camera (any Camera) I can use the std windows import without issue,  can open an image directly with PS CC with file open and selecting the camera, tried different USB ports, cleared the cache..

i7-3820 @360
32gb Ram
Windows 10 64-bit
500gig OCZ SSD for the OS
250gig  Corsair for the import and Scratch Disk

EIZO 4k Monitor

Once imported and edited files are moved onto Raid

Lightroom version: CC 2015.10 [ 1111918 ]License: Creative Cloud
Operating system: Windows 10
Version: 10.0
Application architecture: x64
System architecture: x64
Logical processor count: 8
Processor speed: 3.6 GHz
Built-in memory: 32709.0 MB
Real memory available to Lightroom: 32709.0 MB
Real memory used by Lightroom: 875.7 MB (2.6%)
Virtual memory used by Lightroom: 958.6 MB
GDI objects count: 497
USER objects count: 1224
Process handles count: 3240
Memory cache size: 920.7MB / 7921.2MB (11.6%)
Maximum thread count used by Camera Raw: 8
Camera Raw SIMD optimization: SSE2,AVX
Camera Raw virtual memory: 294MB / 16354MB (1%)
System DPI setting: 168 DPI (high DPI mode)
Desktop composition enabled: Yes
Displays: 1) 3840x2160, 2) 1080x1920
Input types: Multitouch: No, Integrated touch: No, Integrated pen: No, External touch: No, External pen: No, Keyboard: No

Graphics Processor Info: 
AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series

Check OpenGL support: Passed
Vendor: ATI Technologies Inc.
Version: 3.3.13399 Core Profile Context 15.201.1151.1008
Renderer: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
LanguageVersion: 4.40

Application folder: C:\Program Files\Adobe\Adobe Lightroom
Library Path: E:\LightRoom Download\LR-2017\LR-2017.lrcat
Settings Folder: C:\Users\Kevin\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Lightroom

Installed Plugins: 
1) AdobeStock
2) Canon Tether Plugin
3) Facebook
4) Flickr
5) HDR Efex Pro 2
6) jf Zenfolio
7) Leica Tether Plugin
8) Nikon Tether Plugin
9) ON1 Photo RAW 2017
10) ON1 Resize 2017

Config.lua flags: None

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Subsystem : 174b174b
Revision : 0
Video Memory : 1011
Adapter #2: Vendor : 1414
Device : 8c
Subsystem : 0
Revision : 0
Video Memory : 0
AudioDeviceIOBlockSize: 1024
AudioDeviceName: Speakers (High Definition Audio Device)
AudioDeviceNumberOfChannels: 2
AudioDeviceSampleRate: 44100
Build: LR5x8
Direct2DEnabled: false
GL_RENDERER: AMD Radeon HD 6800 Series
GL_VENDOR: ATI Technologies Inc.
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GPUDeviceEnabled: false
OGLEnabled: true
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No one else is posting import issues with the the 5D MKIII and LR CC2015.10 and that's a widely used camera. Two more things to try:

1) Remove all USB connected devices (HDD, Phones, etc.). Restart LR and retry direct USB Import with no other USB connections.

2) When LR is uninstalled the Preferences file is not removed. On reinstallation the old Preferences file is used and can causes issues if corrupt. To check this close LR, navigate to the Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs, and rename it Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs.OLD. This will allow you to restore it if the issue isn't resolved. When you restart LR if will create a new Preferences file with the default settings. Don't change any settings just yet! First try the direct USB camera connection import.

Windows C: \ Users \ [your username] \ AppData \ Roaming \ Adobe \ Lightroom \ Preferences \ Lightroom 6 Preferences.agprefs
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This was not a camera, sd, cf card issue, it turns out that for ME the %temp% folder was very large, once I deleted the files all resumed