I had the same problem as you describe on my Medion P6611 laptop (and on a previous Medion desktop that was, sadly, stolen from my apartment in early December. But I digress...) I called Medion tech support (which I have never found to be anything less than excellent), and the representative said:
The problem *may* be due to a buildup of static electricity, either on the card itself or in the card reader (I forget which it is). To fix it, do the following:
Tturn off your computer, remove the battery and unplug the AC power adapter from the laptop if it's also attached.
Press and hold the power button for 60 seconds or so. (This discharges the electricity from some internal component[s]--capacitors, perhaps?)
Replace the battery, reconnect the AC adapter (if you use it) and turn on the computer.
With any luck, that should fix your problem.
P.S. One slightly related tip: When you remove a card from the card reader, just remove it. There's no need to click on "Safely remove hardware" and select the card reader's drive letter. If you do, it won't recognize cards again until you reboot or turn the machine off and back on. Different problem, but same behavior.
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Re: sd card reader doesnt seem to work
Some older laptops cannot handle the newer sd cards like it's sdhd so check the card and see if it shows HD on it if so that might be your problem.
It's rare the readers go bad so that should be the issue that you are having.
When you put the sd card in there should be a folder that pops up that shows the file if not check through going to the windows explorer folder in start programs accessories if you are using windows xp and seeing if the removal disk is there which it should be the card itself
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www.fixya.com > ... > E-Machines > E-Machines eMachines Desktop PC SD card in the 9 in 1 card reader, but it does not read. please check the SD Card ...SD card readers aren't capable of reading SDHC cards, even though the card will physically fit into the card reader slot. ... E-Machines T5082 PC Desktop.
Try cleaning SD card connectors with clean rag, and blow some dust out of a SD card connecting place, if it doesnt work try checking that SD card on some other camera, if it works take your camera to service, if SD card doesnt work on othar camera than SD card is broken.
When you improperly ejected the card you messed up the MFT (master file table) on the card. You will want to format the card.
You could have hosed the drivers. In Device manager look under the driver details there should be some files listed. You will probably need to delete these and replace them. Since they may be system files you would need to replace them in a live boot environment such as a linux live boot cd (ubuntu.com) would be the easiest. Get the drivers it has listed copy them to a thumb drive. Boot the computer to the live CD, delete the driver files and replace with the new ones.
You might just have a bad SD card. Also, if you bought a card that is 4gb or more then you need a SDHC card reader. The HC stands for High Capacity. Look at the card to see if it shows HC under the SD. If it does then you need to find out if your card reader can read SDHC. If it can't then you need to go buy a new card reader that can do SDHC.
Did you insert the memory card properly? because if your memory card is not inserted properly, the SD card reader may seem not to work. And if probably the problem is from the SD card reader slot, then you have to give it to an engineer for repair or better still take your laptop to Hp customer service center for repair. Thanks
go to Wal-Mart or K-Mart and such, you can get a SD reader/ writer (such as Targus, about $9 USD, what I use) and put your SD card into it, then plug into USB (USB 2.0 is current standard, but will work with USB 1.1, just slower). PC will ask if you want to play/record from/to the removable drive, select "take no action" then go to the "my computer" icon (or what ever you have named it) double click the drive letter for the flash/SD card (E,F,G etc.). open the file folder that you want to copy from <usually something like "100MEDIA" or such> (I STRONGLY recommend that you "COPY FILE(S)" and NOT "move file(s)" as that if something crashes you still HAVE the orig. files) select to copy to the correct drive letter/ file name(s) and PLEASE remember to "remove hardware safely" or you could KILL the files and/or the drive(s) that you were using. (did that TWICE before I realized what I was doing wrong). good luck!
it sounds like you have a system conflict with the readers on the sd cards they wont last long if you use them alot going back and forth on it what i'd do is get 2 cards one for each system and only use them for that system only but the problem is the more you transfer media and erase it and do again it burns out the disk about the best you can do is get a bigger sd card and send all the info to 1 system then print it from your computer