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
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    Curious Guest

    Luis,
    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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