Some days I hate computers!

How difficult should it be to take a couple of quick photographs with my JVC digital camera and transfer those picture files to my PC? You’d think it would be quite an easy task!

Essentially I have two ways of doing it: either remove the MultiMedia Card (MMC) and pop it into my iAPP CR-i500 Digital Memory Card Reader/Writer, or I could simply connect a USB cable to the camera and plug the other end into a free USB port on my PC.

You would think!

Over an hour later and I’m still no further forward. The easiest method is of course to slip the MMC card into my card reader. PC hangs. Reboot. Does it again. Reboot. I remove the card reader from Device Manager, reboot, ‘Unknown Device’ is recognised. CD-ROM of drivers emerges — serious stuff now — only to discover there are no compatible drivers for XP on it, these should be built into XP itself.

Plan B. I’ve installed the USB driver for the JVC camera, and my scanner has now disappeared. Not literally! It’s still on the desk to my right, but as far as My Computer is concerned it is nowhere to be seen. I unplug the scanner, plug it back in, and bing-bong! XP recognises a new device which happens to be my scanner. Card reader is still nowhere in sight.

Right, JVC camera drivers are installed, USB cable is plugged in. Still no camera in My Computer. I install the JVC photo application. And now my blood begins to boil. The application appears to have been made from jelly beans. It looks pretty, but its user-interface is utterly, utterly appalling! The screen is littered with shiny, Mac-like, jelly-bean-like buttons each sporting a symbol that does not intuitively tell me what they do. And there appears neither to be any wizard to step me through the process. After five minutes of poking around, and even reading the online manual, I decide to give up. Reboot.

I reach for Add/Remove Programs in Control Panel, and begin to remove everything I’ve installed this morning. Down the list and back up again. When I arrive back at ATi I decide to repair the HydraVision application, which hasn’t worked for months. Reboot. Oddly, my scanner is back, and so is my card reader. No longer ‘Unknown Device’. I insert the MMC card. PC hangs. Reboot. Card reader has now disappeared, scanner is still there.

And that’s where I currently am. I’m cross, I’m upset and I’ve given up. I suspect that the problem has something to do with conflicting drivers. I also suspect that I may have to move which USB port the card reader is plugged into inside the PC. But I don’t have time for this any more. A full system restore will have to wait. Grrrrr!