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I have a compaq presario sr1230nx and when i go to put in a ad card the light next to the slot blinks green and then the card cant be read. then the explorer crashes for about 20 seconds and then i tried again and it happened again. i have tried multiple cards to make sure that it wasnt the card. what do i do or what does this mean. thank you for helping me

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  • Anonymous Apr 27, 2009

    say you dont have a card reader on your pc what do you do

  • Dave Reisner May 11, 2010

    Your card reader might be bad or misconnected. Has your card reader worked before? Did it come with the computer?

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The memory card reader on your computer may not be able to read memory cards over certain capacities (4 GB).
To use your higher capacity memory card without locking up the computer, do one of the following:

  • If you are using the card in a camera or other device, you can attach the device to the computer using a USB or FireWire cable. When connected, most devices appear in Windows as a Removable Disk and can be used in the same way as the card reader.
  • Purchase a USB memory card reading device that plugs into any open USB port. Make sure the USB device is capable of reading SDHC. These devices are fairly inexpensive and can be used in any computer that has a USB port.
If the card reader stops working after using Safely Remove Hardware, reset the cable connections and memory card firmware.

Memory card appears in My Computer but errors occur when writing or reading
If you are having problems reading and writing data to memory cards, use the following troubleshooting tips:
  1. Try a different memory card of the same type in the same slot. If the different memory card works, the card reader is good and the original memory card should be replaced.
  2. Some cards have a read/write security switch on the card. Make sure that switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to it.
  3. Make sure that the amount of data you attempted to store has not exceeded the capacity of the card.
  4. Inspect the ends of the memory cards for dirt or material closing a hole or spoiling a metal contact. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small amounts of isopropyl alcohol. Replace the memory card if necessary.
  5. Make sure the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash (1, 2, and Microdrive), Memory Stick, MultiMedia, Secure Digital, or SmartMedia memory cards.
  6. Make sure the memory card is fully inserted into the slot.
    Remove the memory card when the light is not flashing and shine a light into the empty slot. Are any small pins inside bent? Replace the memory card reader or have the computer serviced if a pin is touching another pin. Straighten slightly bent pins while the computer is off using the tip of a mechanical pencil.
  7. If errors persist replace the memory card.

Posted on Jan 19, 2009

  • Ganesan Chandraiah
    Ganesan Chandraiah Jan 19, 2009

    Memory card does not appear in My Computer or Windows Explorer
    If the memory card cannot be opened or the drive is not listed inside My Computer, use the following steps until the drive appears:


    1. If you are using an adapter for a type of memory card not supported by the reader and the memory card does not work, refer to the manufacturer of the adapter for help.

    2. Try a different memory card of the same type in the same slot. If the different memory card works, the card reader is good and the original memory card should be replaced. If the different memory card does not work, continue using these steps.

    3. If you are using Media Center, remove the memory card, maximize the Media Center window, and re-insert the memory card.

    4. Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cord, and press the power button on the front of the computer for 5 seconds. Reconnect power and turn on the computer to test the reader.

    5. Memory card readers use USB. Insert a USB device into an open USB port to test USB. If the device works properly go to the next step. If the USB device also fails, there is a problem with USB. Please refer technicians for further troubleshooting.

    6. Shine a flashlight into the empty card slots. Look to see if any pin inside is bent. Straighten bent pins with the end of a mechanical pencil while the computer is disconnected from power. Replace the memory card reader or have the computer serviced if a pin has bent to the point of touching another pin. If there are no bent pins, continue to the next step.

    7. In most cases the memory card reader software is set up through a plug and play process in Windows. Some computers that came with Windows XP and built prior to 2003 may come with separate software. If so, reinstalling the memory card reader software and then restarting the computer is known to fix problems that can occur.

    8. Reset the cable connections and memory card firmware.


    • Remove the side of the computer case by unscrewing the two retaining screws on the back of the computer and sliding the side panel towards the rear of the computer. Set the panel aside.

    • Find and disconnect the cable from the back of the card reader and leave it disconnected

    • Make sure that the other end of the cable is properly connected to the motherboard or an electronic card that comes off of the motherboard. Make sure that the unconnected end of the cable is not touching any electronics inside and is not in the way of any fans.

    • Replace the computer side panel and turn on the computer.

    • After Windows starts to the desktop, wait about five minutes for Windows to make the necessary hardware changes.

    • Turn off the computer and remove the computer side panel.

    • Reconnect the cable into the back of the card reader, replace the side panel, and turn on the computer.

    • Check to see if the drives appear in My Computer or Windows Explorer:


    1. If the memory card drives appear in Windows and work correctly you are done.

    2. If the memory card drives do not appear in Windows, the drive may need to be serviced or replaced.

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