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Old 10-01-08, 10:08 AM   #1
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MicroSD card reader

I have been using a Kingston microSD card and reader as my primary means of flash media. Over the past few days, however, I've run into a problem: my laptop does not seem to recognize it. I plug in the reader into one of my laptop's USB ports, and it will recognize it as "removable drive G", but if I click on it, it will say "Please insert disk into drive G". Thinking it was the fault of my card or reader, I tried it on one of the school computers, and I got the "found new hardware....your hardware is ready to use...etc." message; all worked as normal. Similarly, I tried inserting only the card into my cellphone (which also uses MicroSD), and the cellphone had no issue recognizing the card.

My laptop is an Acer aspire 7520, running Vista.

Does anybody know why this might occur?
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Old 10-01-08, 10:21 AM   #2
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Ummm....try a different USB port on the laptop?
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Old 10-01-08, 12:20 PM   #3
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I don't like internal SD readers. They take a drive slot in Windows unless explicitly disabled, and have sometimes kooky problems.

I just use a dedicated SD to USB adapter. I got one free that can do MicroSD, MiniSD, and regular SD with a purchase of a memory card from NewEgg. Advantage of the USB adapter -- you can safely remove the drive, and know the filesystem is at a consistent state.
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Old 10-01-08, 12:35 PM   #4
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Is your memory card SDHD (4gig or more)? If so, your computer may not have the hardware necessary to read it.
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Old 10-01-08, 02:34 PM   #5
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Sounds like a driver issue on your laptop. If you have updated any drivers or windows software recently then you can try restoring windows to a previous version.

Also, if you reformatted the SD card, then that maybe the reason why your laptop can't recognize the card.
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Ummm....try a different USB port on the laptop?
lol, I'm not a noob. I tried all four ports.

The card is 2GB.
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OMG I have the same problem with my laptop.
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Have you pulled it out of the computer without using the "safely remove" feature?
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