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May 26, 2010
12:14 PM
ebony
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Using Vista OS 64bit

I have slots on the computer for different size cards

I plug in the card, computer does not see any of the slots

Soooo I have an external card reader so I plugged it via USB port, the green light comes on but system does not see a card when I plug it in.

(The external reader worked fine on XP machine.)

I can take the same card to another machine and that machine reads it fine. Also running Vista.

I did MY usual techie solutionsSurprisedSurprised I bought another card reader LaughLaugh but I decided before I crawl around trying to hook it up, I would try and find out if I have maybe some settings that I need to set, change, correct, (pick one???)

May 26, 2010
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Hi Ebony

 

Firstly have you checked your Device Manager to see if there could be a problem?

 

If not, check there first.  If you haven’t done it before, right click on my computer and select Device Manager.  (Can’t remember if Win 7 and Vista are the same, if not then click on Manage and then click on Device Manager.)

 

Look under portable devices.  If there is a question mark, that means there is something wrong.  If there isn’t a question mark, then possibly the driver need to be updated.  Select the update page and do a search (internet) for an updated driver.

 

If that doesn’t solve the problem, you may have the same problem I experience in Vista.  Almost everytime there is M$ updates, where I have to restart my pc, I have to reinstall the drivers for my card reader.  Generally I get a message that the drivers have to be installed.

 

Hope this helps.

 

 

 

 

May 26, 2010
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Mags said

“If there is a question mark, that means there is something wrong.”

Nope no ?

All my driver dates are something 06Surprised

It shows drive G-J, is this referring to the slots on the reader, if so do I need to update ..say G, or do I need to update each one?Confused

Mag said

“Almost everytime there is M$ updates, where I have to restart my pc, I have to reinstall the drivers for my card reader.”

I have this same problem with my printer when ever a reboot is done, I was wondering what is causing that and how to fix it.

 

May 26, 2010
1:50 PM
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Try this:

Insert the card in the appropriate slot on the machine (not the external card reader) and reboot the pc with the card in the slot.

Very simple but sometimes it works (on boot, the reader is “forced” to acknowledge the card).

You said you tried the card on a different machine, did you try a different card (if you have one) on the vista x64 pc?

One more thing, was it working before and now it’s not? (very important).

May 26, 2010
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Gioneo said

“You said you tried the card on a different machine, did you try a different card (if you have one) on the vista x64 pc?”

I tried the card on my machine A vista 64 would not read

tried same card on another machine B vista 64 and it read the card with no problem. B also reads other cards too.

One more thing, was it working before and now it’s not? (very important).

Yes it was working, however it was on an XP machine. Does that matter?

EbonyCool

 

 

May 26, 2010
2:11 PM
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@ebony – I’m not sure what you meant by “Yes it was working, however it was on an XP machine”?

Did it ever work on machine A?
If it did work, what OS was on machine A when it was working?

May 26, 2010
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karen said:

@ebony – I’m not sure what you meant by “Yes it was working, however it was on an XP machine”?

Did it ever work on machine A?

If it did work, what OS was on machine A when it was working?


 

Machine A is my current Vista 64 box and no it never worked on it.

The card was on my XP box and working fine, when the XP box died, I just plugged the card reader into my this current machine = Vista OS 64 and it has never read a card on the current box.

(Machine B is another Vista box I used just to verify that the camera card was working)

 

I hope this makes sense.

 

EbonyCool

May 26, 2010
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is this an external card reader or an internal card reader? I’m assuming external if you plugged the card reader into machine A via a USB port.

If you remember, the first time you plugged it in, did you see any messages (probably down near the system tray on the lower right) that it was installing the drivers for it?

Also, when it is plugged in, if you are in Windows Explorer, do you see drive letters for it?

May 26, 2010
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karen said:

is this an external card reader or an internal card reader? I’m assuming external if you plugged the card reader into machine A via a USB port.

If you remember, the first time you plugged it in, did you see any messages (probably down near the system tray on the lower right) that it was installing the drivers for it?

Also, when it is plugged in, if you are in Windows Explorer, do you see drive letters for it?


 

It is an external card reader

I did not see any messages when I plugged it in the first time. The green light came on that shows it is getting power, but the second light does not turn green when you plug in the card.

Yes under WE, I see drives removable disk drives G-J.

EbonyCool

May 26, 2010
3:37 PM
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 Ok. Machine A = Vista x64  – Machine B = XP Pro.

If you see drive letters in My Computer in machine A, most likely your card reader is internal. That’s the one that never worked right? Ok. For that I would suggest updating the drivers for your usb controller. But again that reader might be just bad…Frown

Now if you connect an external reader to Machine A via USB, make sure there are no notifications that are popping up. And also try all the USB ports on machine A ( a good test would be to unplug your mouse, assuming your using a usb mouse, and plug the external reader to that same port…

Let’s see what happens…

May 26, 2010
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Gioneo said:

 

 Ok. Machine A = Vista x64  – Machine B = XP Pro.

 But again that reader might be just bad…Frown


 

Machine A = Vista x64 –

Machine B = Vista x64  that WILL read the camera card

XP Pro. = Machine that the external card reader was hooked to and working fine, then that machine died and I moved the card reader the Machine A and it never worked.

3 different machines

I think you may have a point about the reader being bad, I think I will hook it up to Machine B to verify. That is the only thing I have not done.

The power light is green but the access light never comes on when you insert a card.

Thank you, I will keep you posted.

EbonyCool

May 26, 2010
7:06 PM
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@Mag Karen and Gioneo

Update

I unplug the card reader.

Drives G-J disappeared from the WE,  which tells me the computer is not seeing any interanal card reader drives. It was reading the external card reader.

I plugged in the new (just purchased todayWink) card reader

Drive F showed up in WE

Inserted camera card into new card reader and it read just fine.

So the only other thing I am going to do is plug the old card reader in a XP laptop just to see 1. if can only be read by XP or is it just dead.

Thank you all for the suggestions. I now know how to trouble shoot portable devices.

I am getting smarter by the post.LaughLaughLaugh

 

May 26, 2010
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Send it to me! I’ll make it work!
(I’m kidding, you’ll probably spam me.)
(I’m kidding, you won’t.)

Oh, the site that was :(
May 26, 2010
11:16 PM
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Sometimes, the only thing one can do is to reformat the card. But, the problem is fixed, so you can disregard this for the moment.

May 27, 2010
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“Sometimes, the only thing one can do is to reformat the card.”

It is not the card, it is the card reader.

The problem is fixed now as far as machine A is concerned but as I said I am going to try it on the XP laptop just to see if the problem is that it just will not work on a Vista box. TBD

 

EbonyCool

May 27, 2010
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Mag said

“Almost everytime there is M$ updates, where I have to restart my pc, I have to reinstall the drivers for my card reader.”

I have this same problem with my printer when ever a reboot is done, I was wondering what is causing that and how to fix it.”

 

I have no idea what is causing this problem.  I think it just might be a minor bug in Vista.  I have Win 7 installed on the same computer, (dual boot with Vista) and so far haven’t experienced this problem in Win 7. 

I have no idea how to fix it, I just put up with it because I don’t have the time to try to figure out what causes the problem.

May 27, 2010
9:18 AM
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Hi SmileMags

Same here. My problem most of the time is I do not know where to start. So like you, I just deal with.

Thank you again for the good suggestions/tips.

 

EbonyCool

May 27, 2010
9:22 AM
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Locutus said:

Send it to me! I’ll make it work!

(I’m kidding, you’ll probably spam me.)

(I’m kidding, you won’t.)


 

Would you like me to fax it or email it?????LaughLaughLaugh

May 27, 2010
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 Concerning those printer drivers on vista… They might be how we say “unstable” for vista. You should check on the manufacturer’s website and grab the updated or latest driver for your printer. If that still doesn’t work, send a quick email to their customer support saying the drivers are not working in vista…

Let me know if the new/updated drivers don’t work. I’ll think of something else.

May 27, 2010
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Doing it right now. Will keep you posted.

Thank  you my friend.SmileSmile

EbonyCool

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