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Re: my printer will not read my photo cards
using a large-capacity memory card (usually 128 MB and higher), the
printer appears to lock up or freeze, and the printer may display an
Allow the printer to completely read the memory card when it is first
inserted before performing any action on the printer. If the memory
card reader LED is blinking green, that means that the card is being
read by the printer. Wait for the LED to stop blinking.
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Please check if it is not an SDHC (larger than 2Gb) card. Some printers can only read SD (2Gb and smaller) while some can also read SDHC (SD High Capacity) cards.
the C4180 can only read 2Gb and smaller (Standard SD)
If it does not seat (fit) properly, why say the printer will not read SD cards? It certainly will read SD cards that are supported. You can still upload to computer and print from there as you suggested.
There must be some problem between the card and the card reader. What I suggest is that you must read the card in the PC or laptop and if read then copy all data there. Then insert this card into the picture station and format the card there. Then you can copy all data from the PC/laptop to this card and take it to the picture station. it will be read without any problems.
That card is probably too big for that card reader in the printer to read. You have to have a card reader that can read Secure Digital High Capacity cards. The most you can probably get out of the card reader on the printer is either 1 or 2 gb secure digital.
You might be able to get away with using the pictbrige connection on the printer and print that way as long as the memory card is loaded into the camera.
If that doesn't work you will have to get a card reader that can read SDHC cards.
If it will not read ANY type of flash media it would suggest the reader or main board is faulty.
If it reads some type but not others, look down into the card slots with a torch and check to see if any of the pins are bent over. This is a common fault most notably encountered when the machine fails to read CF type cards. You will see two rows of pins in the slot. Chances are one of the pins is bent or been pushed inwards. If you are REALLY steady with your hands you can use a very small (jewelers) screwdriver to straighten the pin. If the pin has receded, it almost impossible to fix it.
According to Lexmark's website, the printer will not read a memory card larger than 256MB. They specifically mentioned xD cards, but not cover the other types of cards. I have a 512MB SD card, and had the same problem, so I would guess it can't read anything over 256.