CompactFlash won't read

Discussion in 'Windows Media Center' started by Alix L, Mar 1, 2005.

  1. Alix  L

    Alix L Guest

    I need some help troubleshooting my media card reader &
    USB. I have an emachines AMD Athlon XP running XP Pro. It
    came with a built in meda card reader with an extra USB
    port up front. A smaller compactflash card reads fine but a
    larger card(128mb) will not read and hangs up the machine.
    Both cards read fine on our imac (sorry MS!).
    It seems the USB will not read some things as well.
    Are there XP driver updates for this problem? I cannot seem
    to find much help on the internet regarding these issues
    and emachines could not come up with a solution.
    Any help is appreciated!
    Alix
     
    Alix L, Mar 1, 2005
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  2. I had a similar problem with a flash card reader in a PC of mine. It
    would read 256 meg cards but not 1 gig cards. It was definitely a
    problem in the flash card reader itself, which I replaced. If you have
    a card compatability problem, I think that replacing the reader is about
    all that you can do. Fortunately, they are relatively cheap.

    I've been trying a bunch of these (internal flash card readers that fit
    in 3.5" drive bays). My requirements are:

    -Must support both 98SE and XP
    (this absolutely requires a driver disc for Win98SE)
    -Must come with both black and white bezels
    -Must have front USB
    -Must be true USB 2.0 for both the USB port & card functions
    -Must read CF (all variants), SM, MS (std & PRO), SD, MMC and
    xD Picture Card

    The one that I've found that meets my needs is the "Apacer" 15-in-1 card
    reader:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51082&item=5171647949

    I rejected one other model that I very much otherwise liked, because it
    didn't have Windows 98 drivers, and it only came with a single color
    faceplate (you could order white, black or silver, but they were
    separate products). Well, I found the mfgr. of the chip used in the
    reader, and they sent me a Win98 driver for it (have not tested it yet,
    but it's supposed to work). The reader was:

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=51082&item=5169793959
    [this exact card reader, using an Alcor Micro 9362 chip, is sold by
    quite a few vendors]

    Testing these has been disturbing, these are all made in china, taiwan
    and hong kong, and I find differences in different batches and many of
    them don't do all that they say (several that said that they read xD
    Picture Cards don't; "USB 2" often only means that it "works at USB 1
    speeds when connected to a USB 2 port", etc.
     
    Barry Watzman, Mar 4, 2005
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