Card Reader won't read 2Gb SD card

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Hardware' started by jammiedodger80, Feb 10, 2007.

  1. Installed Vista yesterday, and the only thing I'm having trouble with is my
    card reader.

    It'll read all of my 128mb, 256mb, 512mb and 1gb SD cards no problem, but
    won't read my 2gb card. Instead, it gives the message "you need to format
    the disk in drive X: before you can use it. Do you want to format it?"

    Now, if say yes, it brings up the "format disk" box, but shows the capacity
    as being 969mb.
    However, if I put the same card reader and the same cardback in my Windows
    XP box, it reads it fine as being 2Gb.

    Have also tried it with another card reader borrowed from a friend, with the
    same result.

    Any ideas?
    jammiedodger80, Feb 10, 2007
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  2. I've seen reports of this happening under XP on laptops and cured when
    they issued a new BIOS update to deal with larger cards.

    Might be worth checking for VISTA specific BIOS updates for your
    Hugh Wyn Griffith, Feb 11, 2007
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  3. Hugh,

    Thanks for the suggestion.

    Just tried that this morning, got the latest drivers for my board from the
    MSI website, but it hasn't made a difference.
    jammiedodger80, Feb 11, 2007
  4. That's for the motherboard? Did it include any BIOS update?
    Hugh Wyn Griffith, Feb 12, 2007
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    deadite66 Guest

    i have the same problems, i believe it to be a windows driver problem.
    both xp and vista refuse to read a 2gb sdcard via usb card reader but
    the same hardware in Linux can read it perfectly.
    deadite66, Feb 12, 2007
  6. jammiedodger80

    Mister Ed Guest

    Check the driver for the card reader. I had the same problem - couldn't
    format an SD card > 1GB. My HP laptop had a 2001 vintage driver for the
    reader. Once I updated the driver everything worked fine.
    Mister Ed, Feb 22, 2007
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    Matt Sciba Guest

    I'm having the same problem with my 1GB SD card. I was taking
    pictures, then one day when I put the card in the card reader, it
    died. One of the pics looked corrupted and the whole card died within
    seconds. The card is unreadable on my card reader, my camera, and my
    printer card reader.
    Matt Sciba, Mar 21, 2007
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    Matt Guest

    Btw, What is the brand and model of your card reader? I'm using an
    IOGear GUH284R.
    Matt, Mar 21, 2007
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    G4gir Guest

    Has anyone found a solution to getting the 2 or 4 Gb cards to be recognised
    in VISTA yet?. I have a Lexar USB 2.0 multicard reader an I get the same
    problems of you must format before use and only 1Gb available, however in XP
    no problem
    G4gir, Mar 24, 2007
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    mark Guest

    I have the same problem. Anyone found a solution yet?
    mark, Apr 17, 2007
  11. jammiedodger80

    Mark Guest

    same problem here. Card & reader work just fine in laptop running
    XP. Tried 2 different card readers in Vista, so far no luck at all
    with 2GB sd cards.
    Mark, Apr 27, 2007
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    JW Guest

    Were you using an external USB card reader in either or both systems?
    JW, Apr 27, 2007
  13. Seem to be a problem for many people, boys from Microsoft should fix
    G4gir napsal:
    Martin Milichovský, Apr 29, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    I've got the same problem. Can't read 2GB SD cards, but I can read
    lower capacity ones. Tried 3 different brands of SD cards (Kingston,
    Sandisk regular and Sandisk Extreme III). Have 2 different card
    readers. Everything works fine on my XP laptop. I believe this to be
    a Vista driver issue.
    Mark, May 8, 2007
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    Mark Guest

    Yeah, have an external card reader that works fine in my XP laptop.
    It fails to work with Vista. It's a Lexar card reader, tried
    different brands of SD cards too. Also have an internal card reader
    that doesn't work.

    I can read lower capacity cards just fine on Vista with both readers.
    Mark, May 8, 2007
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    bigwater Guest

    I also have the SD Card problem in Vista: failure to read a 2 gb card. My
    external card reader is "mass storage compliant". It requires no software
    installation of drivers to work in Windows 2K and XP. Booting into W2K on the
    Vista PC shows that a clean W2K install, and no additional driver
    installation, will result in a perfect performance from the 2Gb SD card.
    Therefore, there is no motherboard bios issue involved.

    For what it is worth: The Vista Driver file version is 6.0.6000.
    vista.rtm.061101-2205. In comparing the Vista drivers to the ones that work
    in XP, I discovered that in Vista, only two driver files are associated with
    my card reader: partmgr.sys and disk.sys. In XP, an additional driver file,
    snapman.sys, is present.

    Guess all the SD card users who have all those new digital cameras will have
    to wait for someone on the Vista team to take an interest in all the millions
    of folks who will want to use all the Vista features to see their pictures.

    Waiting for SP1 anyone?
    bigwater, May 21, 2007
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    bigwater Guest

    Embarrassed to report this, but I can read the SD card just fine in Vista if
    I ignore my old habit of using a card reader, and instead, leave the card in
    the camera and read it into Vista from there. Guess that Nikon knows how to
    do it. They ought to tell Microsoft how they did it.

    Next question: can you put an SD card from the palm into the camera and read
    it? Seems like I can. Can you write to the card in the camera? Seems like I
    can. Can you install palm software onto the card in the Nikon? Will keep this
    in mind.

    So, if you want to read Palm SD cards in Vista, looks like you might need a
    nice new Nikon SLR. Head down to accounting right now and get it authorized.
    On the other hand, if you try this your company might never adopt Vista.
    Maybe Nikon should be in the OS trade since their cameras have an OS that
    works. Will we be able to download a new NikTix distro?

    bigwater updating his last post.
    bigwater, May 21, 2007
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    huwyngr Guest

    Just came across a reference to this:

    Availability of the Windows Vista Secure Digital (SD) hotfix rollup

    However there's a not inside that KB article indicating that it's been
    replaced by:

    which includes download instructions for 32 bit and for 64 bit

    I found the first KB in a thread Google turned up at:

    which also indicated that having ReadyBoost set to ON might affect

    Good luck!
    huwyngr, May 21, 2007
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    bigwater Guest

    I have that update. It did not change the behavior of Vista not recognizing
    2Gb SD card. I have the workaround of using the camera as an SD card reader
    and it works fine, even on cards not formatted in the camera. I can read,
    write, create folders, etc. on the card in the camera, just not on the card
    in the card reader.
    bigwater, May 24, 2007
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    huwyngr Guest

    Really strange -- if you ever sort it out do let us know!
    huwyngr, May 25, 2007
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