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Sd card reader doesnt seem to work

I've only used the card reader once but now I want to use it again, it doesnt acknowledge the sd card. I would like to know if I can get the program downloaded if it has been erased accidentally.

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  • poulosj Jan 05, 2009

    I have used a compact flash card and memory stick card in the past on my computer. Today, I am trying to put photos on a SD Card. My computer is suppose to read SD Cards. For some reason, I can not get SD card to work in my computer. I have tried 3 different SD cards. When I try to move a photo to the SD Card, my computer tells I need to format the SD Card. When I select to format it, the computer tells me it can not be formatted. I then looked at properties when I did a right click on the SD Card and it shows the card is full. These are new cards out of sealed package. I am finding nothing on the SD Cards. I then have a card reader I can use with my computer ... it is a USB cable attached to a small card reader. When I put the SD Card in the reader, it does not recognize the SD Card ... in other words, when I go to "My Computer" ... the SD Card is not showing up. Noted the SanDisk brand SD Card is made in China.
    Humm ??? have I got 3 bad cards .... or is it something wrong with my computer. Note, my son was here with his laptop when I bought the first SD Card and it would not work in his computer either. He is very experienced with computers and builds them. He has not been here to try for the two other cards I just bought. Thanks for any help, Jan

  • dragonwych Jan 31, 2009

    The SD reader in my Medion P6611 worked fine the first time. I put half a dozen cards of various sizes and brands in it and had no trouble accessing and uploading the contents.

    The next time I put in a card, the computer said there was nothing on it. I put in a different card. It was not acknowledged at all. I rebooted the computer and put in a card that had worked before. No acknowledgement.

    I put the "empty" card back in the camera and uploaded the pictures using a USB cable. Same for the second card, no problems.

    There is, obviously, no problem of incompatibility of technologies here. The reader has stopped working, but why?


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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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  • jbh_stl Feb 16, 2009

    Uh, I meant "Turn off your computer" (not "Tturn"). Sorry for the typo.


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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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