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Feb 19, 2012 12:24 |  #1

Hi there,

Does anyone know about the kind of card readers that come with your computer?

My system has 4 different slots on the front of it, so when I download my photos, I just pop in my card and then open the Canon DPP software and download whichever shots I am going to keep.

When you put a card in the little slot, a light turns on, I assume to confirm that it recognizes a card has been inserted.

Anyway, when I put a card into the slot, the light turns on, but the drive letter for that slot doesn't show anything.

Normally in DPP, the drive letter (H) will change to something like "canon" after a card is recognized, then I open the folder and move on.

I have tried a couple of different cards to see if maybe the card is just bad, but get the same result.. light comes on, but no files or folders show in the tree.

I have no idea what to do next.. I looked for updated drivers, but none were needed, and I went to "Services" and made sure the "Smart Card" was set to auto, and I also manually told it to start, but nothing.

Then I set the system to "The Last Known Good Configuration"... that didn't change it either. I swear I used the reader just a couple days ago and it worked fine.

Is this enough information to help with a diagnosis? I tried googling it, but almost everthing I found was for external readers.

Ughhhh... :( I appreciate any suggestions you might be able to offer. Thanks for listening.. :)


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Feb 19, 2012 12:36 |  #2

Can you provide some more information....

First of all what brand of PC do you own? Dell/Gateway/Acer?
Second, you can check the support side of your PC manufacturer that will most likely have drivers for the type of mem card reader your PC has.
Third, you can always call them and they can walk you through on troubleshooting the problem.

Most likely either a wire inside has come loose or the card reader has gone bad. They are pretty cheaply built and dont last long.

Hope this helps you somewhat.


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Feb 19, 2012 12:42 |  #3

Thank you.. those are good suggestions... I hadn't thought of going to the manufacture's site and looking for drivers. I'll try that later on today.. (I have to start my house cleaning now... lol...)

For the additonal information, My system is a Dell, XPS 8000, i7

I need to take an apprentiship class with a computer repair person... lol. I've had so many issues over the years and it seems like something always needs to be fixed.. lol..

Worst case scenario, I'll just buy an external reader that plugs into the USB... so if that is the route I go, feel welcome to reccommend your favorites.


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Feb 19, 2012 15:39 |  #4

While it previously worked, you may have changed something like getting a new higher capacity card that the older card reader cannot recognize (this happened to me last year). Quick cure was to buy an adapter for the card that in turn plugs into a USB port. The multi-format Vivitar card adapter cost about $15 at Walmart at the time. Another alternative is to use a cable to download directly from the camera, granted this is not as flexible chioce.




  
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Feb 19, 2012 16:07 |  #5

My card reader on my HP desktop just simple quit working one day.


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Feb 19, 2012 16:39 |  #6

I just updated the drivers for the card reader, and updated the BIOS just because it said it needed to... lol..

Still the same thing... the drive shows that it is active, (when there isn't a card in the slot, the drive doesn't show up in the list of devices)... but when I try to open it, I just get an error message that says "please insert disc into x. drive"

I guess I'm going to buy a card reader that you use with your USB port...

New thread to come, I guess.. which reader to buy? I have no clue what makes a reader good or not good... maybe the boys at Fry's Electronics will help me.

Oh well. at least my house is clean now.. lol..

Thanks for the suggestions, I appreciate the kindness and time... And if anyone else happens to think of or know something that I should check, please let me know.

Happy Sunday! :)


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Feb 21, 2012 06:07 |  #7

Most of the built-in card readers I've seen tend not to have full UDMA support. Just get a decent USB reader (Lexar f'r instance) and enjoy.


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Feb 21, 2012 20:10 |  #8

Juuuuuuuuuust to cover ALL the bases, have you tried putting the card in another machine (or even back in the camera) to make sure it's working? I've had a card go out on me, and I spent the whole time looking at what might have gone wrong with the computer, only to discover the card was faulty.

I've also had issues with the built in readers in the side of my monitor. They won't always read and/or detect that a card has been inserted. I bought a $30 external USB reader and haven't had any issues since. It's also worth noting that when I have inserted cards (and left in the machine), it tends to slow down the boot process of the computer, as it thinks it's a bootable drive.


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