Firewire. Then no drivers are required.
As to "The camera in the laptop is a piece of" why isn't this a make/break deal breaker? Pack the unit up, return it and keep shopping?
I have a sony vaio laptop with a little camera built in above the screen, it is brand new with vista OS. Now I want to install my sony dv camcorder bought in 2003. I can install the software for the camera, but once I go into the software and want to use it, it freezes the program. The camera that's in the laptop and it's software didn't work until I updated the driver, before I installed the dv camcorder. Now the dv camcorder is installed, but software for the built in camera on the laptop won't work properly. It opens up, but I can't record. Is there anyway to have both of these installed and have them bothe working? I don't want to have to go out and buy a compatable camcorder, it's not even that old. The camera in the laptop is a piece of crap, my external little webcam that is 5+ years older is clearer, but again, all the software gets screwed up. Somehow I would like to have other video capturing and editing software on there without it freezing. Can anyone help me out? do i have to completely override the built in camera software and hardware, and just pretend I never bought a laptop with a camera in it? I've looked at the sony site, there is no help there, no updates for my camcorder to be used in Vista, and both the camcorder and laptop are sony, but i guess sony ignores stuff that is 4 years old. Could it be Vista causing the problems? maybe it doesn't support technology that is 4 years old. Sad if that's the case. Not everybody can afford to go out and buy new technology to be compatable with Vista. I never had any problems jumping from 98 to XP and using my older tech. on XP. I'm hoping it's just a case of two camera's having conflicts with eachother, for the sake of others.