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Gateway laptop does not recognize 4GB SDHC card

Is there anyway to update the driver for my onboard reader or should I buy a separate reader?

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  • karismanh Jun 01, 2008

    Found the answer. Thank you!

  • Anonymous Nov 27, 2008

    If I insert my sdhc 4 gb card into the inbuilt card reader the laptop does not recognize the reader but reads with external card reader.

  • bugmenot2 Dec 31, 2008

    Same problem with Lenovo T61P laptop, too. SDHC 4GB memory cards are not recognized.

  • Anonymous Jan 26, 2009

    this sucks

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You need to download the correct drivers for that specific device you have now installed to your system it and before that you need to un-install the old drivers for the old device in order to avoid conflicts. the best site for downloading hardware drivers is at the manufacturers site.

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