I'm not sure, but I think you have to use the Sony software to download the pictures from the camera. I have an old DSC-P70 and never download directly from the camera. I find a card reader much more convenient.
Thanks for that, but I don't recall installing a driver and my daughter can copy/move images from the camera on her XP machine (without drivers). I'm sure that it should respond in the same way as any other drive or mass storage device.
Hi dogbreath1. My Sony is out on loan at the moment so I can't check to see how it behaves, but I expect to get it back Monday and I'll check it then. I do know, however, that some cameras respond as mass storage devices and some only interface with their own software.
You don't say what operating system you are using. Is it Win98/ME you might have to install a driver to get it recognised. I have had problems connecting USB 2 device in the past because the port is not giving enough power as with an external hard disk it is recognised but won't work until you connect a second USB cable (does not apply to your camera) Download the latest driver and try a different port.