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SD memory card reader


Many HP and Compaq computers come with memory card readers preinstalled.Figure 1: Memory card reader (yours might be different)

12_26_2011_1_43_52_am.jpgMemory cards are used primarily for importing pictures from digital cameras, but they can also be useful for sharing pictures and files. The following list shows some common types of memory cards:
  • CompactFlash I
  • CompactFlash II
  • IBM Microdrive
  • Secure Digital (SD)
  • mini-SD
  • MultiMediaCard (MMC)
  • Reduced size MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC)
  • MultiMediaCard Plus (MMC plus)
  • MultiMediaCard Mobile (MMC mobile)
  • Memory Stick
  • Memory Stick Pro
  • Memory Stick Duo
  • Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • SmartMedia
  • xD Picture Card (xD = extreme digital)
NOTE: If your computer came with a 6-in-1 card reader by KYE and was purchased before summer of 2003, update its card reading firmware by using the HP Download Web Page (in English) for your computer model name. Updating the KYE firmware allows bad blocks messages to be displayed.
A high capacity SDHC card locks up or the SDHC card cannot be readMany models of PC card readers do not work with "high capacity" formats. For example, a memory card reader capable of reading a 1 GB Secure Digital (SD) card might not read from a 16 GB SDHC card.The computer might lock up when an SDHC card is inserted into a card reader that does not support SDHC. To immediately fix the lock-up, double-click the Safely Remove Hardware icon, (in the notification area in the lower right corner of the screen), select the USB card reader, and then click Stop . The card reader will not work until the computer is restarted. You can now safely remove the memory card and use the computer for other activities.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.
  • Use a USB memory card reading device that plugs into any open USB port. Make sure the USB device can read SDHC. These devices are inexpensive and can be used in any computer that has a USB port.Figure 2: SDCH to USB card reader adapter

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An SDXC card cannot be readMake sure the card reader specifically supports the SDXC format. You can access the SDXC card by using an SDXC compatible USB reader or adapter. Look for an SDXC logo on the device or check with the device manufacturer for information.
CAUTION: Never format an SDXC memory card in a non-compatible device. Doing so will make the memory card incompatible with SDXC devices because it will erase the data on the SDXC memory card and format the card for a different file system.
Card reader stops working after using Safely Remove Hardware
CAUTION: Do not insert or remove memory cards while the light on the reader is flashing. Doing so might cause loss of data on the card or might permanently damage the card reader.
The following steps explain how to use memory cards in a card reader:
  1. Insert a memory card when the light on the reader is not flashing . You can have a memory card inserted in each slot in the card reader, at the same time.An autoplay window displays. If it does not, access the card through Windows Explorer.
  2. The memory card has a drive letter, like a DVD drive or hard drive. Use the memory card as you would use any other drive on the computer. For example, double-click the memory card icon to open a new window showing the files on the card.
  3. When you have finished working with the files on a memory card, right-click the memory card icon and select Eject . Make sure the light on the memory card reader is not on or flashing when removing the card from its slot.Figure 3: Eject feature in Windows Vista

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Memory card readers are devices that use the Safely Remove Hardware icon in the notification area on the taskbar). Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove Hardware window. Doing so can disconnect the memory card reader from Windows. If this happens, restart the computer to reinitialize the memory card reader.


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An alternative to restarting the computer is to use the Optimize for Quick Removal feature in Windows as follows:
  1. Open Device Manager:
    • In Windows Vista, click Start c01041253.gif , and type Device Manager into the Start Search field. Click Continueif a UAC message opens.
    • In Windows XP, right-click the My Computer , select Properties from the drop-down menu, select the Hardware tab in the System Properties window, and then select the Device Manager button.
  2. In Device Manager, click the + sign next to Disk drives to display a list of the drive devices on your computer. Memory card readers are seen as drive devices in Windows.
  3. In the list of drive devices, right-click the device that has stopped functioning to display a drop-down menu (for example, Generic USB CF Reader for CompactFlash media).Click Properties in this menu.
  4. Click the Policies tab in the Device Properties window.
  5. Select Optimize for quick removal , and then click the OK button.This setting disables write caching on the device and in Windows, so the media can be removed without using the Safely Remove Hardware feature in the taskbar. The card reader might experience a minor drop in device performance.Figure 6: Optimize for quick removal setting

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Memory card icons are missing in WindowsIf you cannot access the memory card, or the drive is not listed in My Computer, use the following steps until the drive displays:
NOTE: If you are using a card reader that did not come with the computer, contact the manufacturer of the adapter for help.
  1. Remove and reinsert the memory card.If the AutoPlay window opens or if the memory card is now listed in the Computer window, you are done. Otherwise, continue with the next step.
  2. Restart the computer.If the AutoPlay window opens or if the memory card is now listed in the Computer window, you are done. Otherwise, continue with the next step.
  3. Reinstall each memory card device using Device Manager:
    a. Remove all memory cards, and unplug all USB storage devices from the USB ports.

    NOTE: Make sure you remove all USB devices.
    1. In Windows Vista, click Start , type Device Manager into the Start Search field, and press Enter .In Windows XP, click Start , right-click My Computer , select Properties , click the Hardware tab, and then click the Device Manager button.
    2. Click the plus sign next to Disk Drives to open the category.
    3. Right-click a "Generic" card reader device name and select Uninstall .Figure 7: Device Manager in Windows XP (Windows Vista is similar)
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    1. Wait until Device Manager updates the list, removing the name of the Generic device.
    2. Continue uninstalling Generic card reader device names until they are all removed from the list.
    3. Restart the computer and use the card reader. If problems persist, continue to the next step.
  1. Try another memory card of the same type in the same slot. If this memory card works, the card reader is working correctly. Replace the original memory card. If the second memory card does not work, continue using these steps.
  2. If you are using Media Center, remove the memory card, maximize the Media Center window, and reinsert the memory card.
  3. Turn off the computer, disconnect the power cord, and press the power button on the front of the computer for five seconds. Reconnect the power cord and turn on the computer to test the card reader.If the AutoPlay window opens or if the memory card is now listed in the Computer window, you are done. Otherwise, continue with the next step.
  4. Some memory card readers use support USB devices. Insert a USB device into an open USB port to test whether the card reader can read from the USB device. If the device works correctly, continue to the next step. If the USB device also fails, there is a problem with USB.
    1. Turn off the computer and disconnect the power cord. Then shine a flashlight into the empty card slots in the card reader to see if any pins inside are bent. Straighten any bent pins with the end of a mechanical pencil. Replace the memory card reader or have the computer serviced if a pin is bent and is touching another pin.If the AutoPlay window opens or if the memory card is now listed in the Computer window, you are done. If there were no bent pins, continue to the next step.
    2. The memory card reader software is usually set up through a plug and play process in Windows. Some computers that came with Windows XP and built before 2003 might come with separate software for the memory card reader. If so, reinstalling the memory card reader software and then restarting the computer can fix problems with the memory card driver. To reinstall the card reader driver on HP and Compaq desktop computers, see the HP support document, Using Recovery
      10 Reset the cable connections and memory card firmware:
      1. 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.b.Find and disconnect the cable from the back of the card reader and leave it disconnected.Figure 8: One type of connection on the reader (your computer might be different
12_26_2011_1_55_53_am.jpgMake sure that the other end of the cable is correctly connected to the motherboard or an electronic card connected to the motherboard. Make sure that the unconnected end of the cable is not touching any electronics or components inside the computer, particularly the fans.Figure 9: Connector on the motherboard (your computer might be different)
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  1. Replace the computer side panel and turn on the computer.
  2. After Windows starts and the desktop displays, wait about five minutes for Windows to make the necessary hardware changes.
  3. Turn off the computer and remove the computer side panel.
  4. Reconnect the cable into the back of the card reader, replace the side panel, and turn on the computer.
  5. Check to see if the drives appear in My Computer or Windows Explorer:
    • If the memory card drives appear in Windows and work correctly you are done.
    • If the memory card drives do not appear in Windows, the drive might need to be serviced or replaced.Memory cards appear in Windows but errors occur when writing or readingIf you are having problems reading and writing data to memory cards, use the following troubleshooting tips:
      • Try a different memory card of the same type in the same slot. If this memory card works, the card reader is working correctly. Replace the original memory card.
      • Some cards have a read/write security switch on the card. Make sure the switch is set to Write Enabledbefore trying to write data to it.
      • Make sure that the amount of data you tried to store has not exceeded the capacity of the card.
      • 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.
      • Make sure the memory card is supported by the card reader.
      • 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 to see if any small pins inside are bent. If the pins a slightly bent, turn off the computer and straighten them with the tip of a mechanical pencil. If two of the pins are touching, replace the memory card reader or have the computer serviced.
      • If errors continue, replace the memory card.

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When i put my sony PRO duo 8gb memory stick into the slot on my computer, the light does not shine green and my computer acts as if it's not even in it. PLEASE HELP A.S.A.P.!!!! Thanks, admlmbrtrckz


When i put my sony PRO duo 8gb memory stick into the slot on my computer, the light does not shine green and my computer acts as if it's not even in it.

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How to upload photo


Transferring images from a Memory Card to a Windows Computer Follow the steps below to transfer images from a memory card to a computer running Windows. Step one: Insert the memory card Follow the steps below to insert the memory card into the HP All-in-One.
  1. Turn the memory card so that the label faces left, and the contacts are facing your HP All-in-One.
  2. Insert the memory card into the appropriate slot on the HP All-in-One.
    NOTE: Some portable USB flash drives with a read-only partition, such as U3 smart drives, might be incompatible with the front mass-storage port on your HP All-in-One. These read-only partitions are added by the drive manufacturer and may include utilities and other software. Refer to the manufacturer for additional details about your drive. When the memory card is inserted correctly, the Photo light next to the memory card slots begins to blink. The message Reading... appears on the color graphics display. The status light next to the memory card slots blinks green when the card is being accessed. If a memory card is inserted incorrectly, the status light next to the memory card slots blinks amber and the color graphics display shows an error message such as Card is in backwards or Card is not fully inserted. CAUTION: Never attempt to remove a memory card while it is being accessed. Doing so can damage files on the card. Safely remove a card only when the status light next to the slots is not blinking.
Step two: Transfer images without using the HP Photosmart software After inserting the memory card into the HP All-in-One, the memory card appears as a drive on the computer. Follow the steps below to transfer the images on the memory card to the computer.
  1. Press the Photo button to display the Photo menu.
  2. Press the down arrow button (c01133817.jpg ) to select Transfer to computer .
  3. Follow the prompts on the computer to complete the transfer of images.
    NOTE: If there are photo files on the memory card that have never been transferred before, a dialog box on the computer asks whether you want to save the photo files to the computer. Click the Transfer option and all the new photos from the memory card are saved to the computer.By default, the image files are saved in month and year folders depending on when the photos were taken. The folders are created under the C:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\My Pictures folder.

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Can;t remove sd card from laptop


The memory card has a drive letter associated with it, just like a floppy, CD-ROM drive, or hard drive. Use the memory card as you would use any other drive on the computer. For example, double-click the memory card icon to open a new window showing the files on the CompactFlash card. When you have finished working with the files on a memory card, right-click the memory card icon and select Eject . The light on the memory card reader should not be ON or flashing when the card is removed from its slot.
if that does'nt work first of all .. push the card a little and then release it .. it will come out

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  1. Remove the memory card from the camera.
  2. Locate the memory card slot on the product that is compatible with your memory card. Figure 1: Memory card slot locations c01331721.jpg 1 - CompactFlash (I, II) 2 - Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard (MMC), Secure MultiMedia Card 3 - xD-Picture Card 4 - Memory Stick, Magic Gate Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo (with user-supplied adapter), Memory Stick Pro 5 - Front universal serial bus (USB) port (PictBridge-enabled)
    NOTE: Some portable USB flash drives with a read-only partition, such as U3 smart drives, might be incompatible with the front mass storage port on your product. These partitions are added by the manufacturer and may include utilities and other software. Refer to the manufacturer for additional details about your drive.
  3. If it is not already on, turn the product on by pressing the power button (c01324469.gif ).
  4. Turn the memory card so that the label faces inward and the contacts face the product. Figure 2: Inserting the memory card c01335108.gif CAUTION: Inserting the memory card in any other way might damage the card and the product.
  5. Gently push the memory card into the memory card slot until it stops. The memory card does not insert all the way into the product; do not try to force it.
  6. When the memory card is inserted correctly, the status light next to the memory card slots flashes and then remains solid green. CAUTION: Never attempt to remove a memory card while it is being accessed. Doing so can damage files on the card. You can safely remove a card only when the status light next to the memory card slots is not blinking. Do not pull out a memory card while the light is flashing green.
Step two: Print the photo
  1. Press Photo Menu . A message displays on the control panel with the number of files found on the memory card.
  2. Press the right (c01185072.jpg ) and left (c01185108.jpg ) arrow buttons to browse through the photos on the memory card.
  3. When the photo number you want to print appears, press OK .
  4. After selecting the photos, press Photo Menu again.
  5. Press the right arrow button (c01185072.jpg ) to select Number of Copies , and then press OK .
  6. Press the right arrow button (c01185072.jpg ) to select Layout , and then press OK .
  7. Press the right arrow button (c01185072.jpg ) to select Paper Size , and then press OK .
  8. Press the right arrow button (c01185072.jpg ) to select Paper Type , and then press OK .
  9. Make any other appropriate changes to the settings, and then press Print Photos .

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are you sure you are sticking it in the correct slot for your memory card and you are not sticking it in backwards/ upside down

also this memory card works in your cammera still correct?

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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...


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.

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check in "my computer" and see if it registers as a removable drive there. If not, then check in the device manager while the card is inserted and look for any yellow icons. There is a chance that the card reader need a driver installed or updated.
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