laptop card reader won't read memory cards

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Installation' started by Luis Ortega, Jan 2, 2009.

  1. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    I have a Dell studio laptop running Vista 32bit with a camera card
    reader built in, but when I insert a memory card in the slot it doesn't
    show up at all.

    When I plug it in, you can hear the sound of a usb device being
    recognized by windows, and the safely remove icon shows up on the
    desktop system tray, but the card doesn't appear in windows explorer. It
    shows up as a removable device in disk management but has no letter and
    if you try to format it, disk management report that there is an error
    and I should try restarting disk management or the computer (that
    doesn't work either).

    I suspect that there is a driver fault but I have reinstalled the memory
    card reader drivers and nothing seems amiss in device manager

    Can anyone please advise if this might be a hardware fault or if there
    is some setting or software that needs to be installed for the card
    reader to work correctly? What are the drivers that it needs?

    I reformatted the computer a while back and I installed all the device
    drivers but I may have missed some small patch setting to make the card
    reader work, although there are no warnings in device manager about
    non-functioning hardware.

    Thanks for any advice.
    Luis Ortega, Jan 2, 2009
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  2. Luis Ortega

    Mick Murphy Guest

    Have you tried this:
    Click start>Computer>that particular drive letter>Right-click
    it>Properties>Set up autorun options.
    Mick Murphy, Jan 2, 2009
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  3. Luis Ortega

    Luis Ortega Guest

    It doesn't show up anywhere on that list so `I can't set anything for it.
    Luis Ortega, Jan 2, 2009
  4. Luis Ortega

    Curious Guest

    Have you reviewed the instructions that came with the camera on how to
    format the camera card for use with a Windows system when you first install
    it in the camera?
    Curious, Jan 2, 2009
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