Hi again..
earlier i asked about my computer not recognising my handycam..by the purest of good luck was following various links when i came across a reply saying that you should ensure that the USB streaming command in the camera menu was ON..trailing through the menu proved ridiculously easy and guess what??..mine was off..problem sorted and everything now recognised..such an easy fix but nothing in the handbook or on sony's site..i wonder how many other people have pulled their hair out...this looks a great site and i'm sure that i'll be back often