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Blank Card, PE Design says it's a ''read only''

I just bought a new blank embroidery card and am trying to download to design to it. The PE Design program gives me an error that says'' Read only card, replace with an original card''. What the heck..is there a way to format it or something? Help!

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  • jschuler481 Feb 05, 2009

    Hi Ginny;



    Thanks for the advice. It's not a Brother made card, it is a Magic Card that is compatible. I've gone through the Instruction manual...there is nothing in there about read only cards.

    Any other ideas?

    Thanks!

  • talk2ginny
    talk2ginny May 11, 2010

    Welcome to FixYa - assuming your blank card is made by Brother, the card might have a read-only "lock". Some cards have allow you lock the card to make it read only so you don't accidently erase designs that you want to keep on your card. Occasionally, blank cards are locked when they come out of the package. You should find instructions or a picture in the card packaging or PE-Design maual that shows you how to lock and unlock the card. If the error message is described in the troubleshooting section of our PE Design manual - you should find a solution or explanation as well.

    Also, if you haven't already, try to read the card to make sure it is actually blank.

    Hope this helps. After reading, if you have a minute, rating my solution (good or bad) tells me whether I understood your questions and answered it correctly and thoroughly. If this doesn't help, leave me a comment a bit more information and I'll try to help your further.

    Thanks and good luck.The web is an infinite resource for embroidery designs - I have more than I could sew-out in a lifetime. If embroidery is new to you, you are in for a treat!!!

    Cheers,
    Ginny

  • amie burgess Oct 11, 2012

    hi i have the same problem but dont have a clue how to unlock it? please help!!

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Hi - I think the problem is that although the Magic Card is compatible with your machine, it is not recognized by with the PED writer. I have the Brother PED-Basic sfotware and a Brother PED-Basic USB card writer box. The only blank card that the my Brother reader can read is the blank cards made by Brother. Which embroidery machine do you have (not critical - I'm just curious).

If you have both a Magic card and Magic Box, the box should have it's own software. I don't think the PE Design software recognizes non-brother equipment (bummer). The link I've provided below is to a dealer that sells two different blank Brother Cards. One of the cards is 1 mb. The other is 4 mb. They are the same price. You might check your documentation to see whether both cards are compatible with your reader and software. If you're not sure, you can call the dealer directly and ask. I have dealt with this dealer many times and find that they have great prices and are very knowledgeable. This link should take you to the page on which the blank Brother Cards are displayed - scroll down if you don't see them right away.

http://webstore.quiltropolis.net/stores_app/Browse_dept_items.asp?Shopper_id=1617251646531617&Store_id=492&Page_id=17&categ_id=42&parent_ids=0,20

This dealer is located on the East Coast, so you probably won't be able to reach them by phone until tomorrow. I don't know of a dealer on the West Coast to whom I can refer you. One more thought - Babylock equipment is often interchangeable with Brother equipment. If you have a Babylock dealer in your area, you might be able to find a blank Babylock card that you can buy off the shelf. Just make sure you can return it just in case it won't work.

Let me know if I understand your situation correctly - if not, send me another comment and I'll be happy to research further. BTW - if it turns out that you can't use the Magic card and can't return it, you can probably sell it online.

Thanks for getting back - I really love doing this. If you have general questions about embroidery, feel free to ask. I own several consumer embroidery machines, and I operated a commerical embroidery business for several years.

Ginny

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