The card reader is a USB device which can be used to read the removable memory card (usually SD type these days) which stores pics on the camera.
Note that most cameras also have a small amount of internal storage (say 4 or 5 pictures worth) which can only be accessed via a cable or dock attached to the camera. If you are having problems accessing pictures on the camera avoid using the internal memory (just remove the memory card and fire off some test shots to fill the internal memory -- then any subsequent shots will be stored on the card).
However, I still would like to send my pics via email to my family and friends. If my USB device is indeed defective, is it possible to buy another one and see if that works? I have used it before to download my pictures and I have had no problems until recently.
I really appreciate your comments. Thanks again!
August 19, 2010 10:26:49 PM
If you have a desktop computer it is possible to add a PCI card which carries USB sockets. If you have a laptop and your's has a PCMCIA slot you can buy a PCMCIA card which carries USB sockets.
Test your USB port with a device other than the camera -- if necessary borrow a USB flash drive (aka memory stick) from a friend or buy one for a few dollars -- they are always useful.