On my desktop unit, I have the USB 1.1 and when I download my images, every once in a while some of the images are "banded" or have some odd color to them. Would this be a function of the slower USB connection. The same image doesn't do this every time so I know its not the SD card. Any advice would be appreciated. thanks, Joe.
Lets go back to basics first. Before you buy a card reader get a PCI USB 2.0 card for inside the PC (assuming that there is a spare slot), then get a decent USB 2.0 cable and a card reader. A card reader alone without the USB 2.0 interface card is unlikely to fix the problem as it probably relates to a timimg issue between the camera and the USB chipset that you are using. If you have a VIA USB 1.1 chipset I would almost put money on it being the problem. An option may me to go to the manufacturer of the motherboards web site and download any updated drivers for the board.
I thank you for all the info. I was using a 1 gig Sandisk and this was the problem all the time.. Tonight, after reading your suggestions, I loaded a 512 Panasonic card I had an downloaded some images. No problem. Guess I will see if I can exchange the Sandisk. It is defective.