#1. "RE: "Drive is not formated" message???" In response to Reply # 0
I assume that your laptop is running Windows XP. I also assume that you have a 2GB or smaller card that was formatted in your camera. If the above are both correct there is no reason why the laptop should not be able to read the card and there is (was) no need to install any software. Does the card show up as a drive letter in Windows Explorer after it is inserted into the slot on the laptop?
#3. "RE: "Drive is not formated" message???" In response to Reply # 2
I've encountered a similar thing with a CF card. I have 3 card readers capable of reading CF cards but one of them doesn't seem to like one of my CF cards (the card works fine in the camera and the other 2 readers though).