I have the Sony Handycam DCR-HC18 camcorder. It is around 5-6 years old.
I have Windows 7, I installed the PMB software but I cannot get the camcorder to connect to my device. First off it does not install the drivers. I have the camcorder to USB wire but I am seeing on the forums people having to purchase a firewire cable if I am correct? the PMB also does not recognise the camcorder while I have put it in USB streaming mode...
Please somebody help! The tapes contain videos that are priceless
Sounds like you have the same problem as me (i have dcr-trv265e).
From what I can gather we need a firewire, ilink (ilink is sony's version of firewire) as the usb doesnt work but my next problem is that my laptop has no port for the firewire so i have just purchased this set from amazon (has this card that i hope i can insert in my mmc/sd port then the firewire into that) and hope it will work. If you go to my thread (just below yours) the link is there!! Not too costly either