For whatever reason my card readers, on the front of the computer, are not being recognize. I understand that port 1394 is being shared with the card readers so I did not plug anything into this port. Also, not new devices have been installed since the problem started. Does anyone have any suggestions for a fix.
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Re: Media Card Readers
Yess use the ports in the back of the computer I had the same problem with my mouse before which was also usb port connection. The reason why I say to hook it up to the back usb ports is that it is built onto the motherboard and therefore it would get recognized alot quicker if you put it there if you find that whatever you have hooked up dont have alot of usb ports buy yourself a usb hub i bought one for 2.00 it does the trick when you are limited to usb connections
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Most portable SD stick readers come with a USB connection so you just stick it into any spare USB port (see USB adaptor pic).
If you have an SD to SD adaptor that fits a small SD card into a larger SD card holder (see SD adaptor pic) then you also need one of the SD stick readers (above)
Most USB media card readers are plug and play. Plug into USB port, insert media (SD card, or whatever) and it will come up in Windows explorer as a drive and/or will bring up a box giving you options of what you'd like to do.
This is probably set in the BIOS. You need to reboot the computer and enter the Setup/BIOS to enable the ports. Otherwise they're physically disconnected in the case and you will need and expert to reconnect.
Sounds like the card reader cables, USB cables, and Firewire, (1394) cables have been disconnected from the motherboard. I'm guessing granted, but it could have been when the TV card was removed, or perhaps when you were installing upgrades.
You've had the computer open, judging from the statement that you've upgraded it.
1.Computer off, and unplugged from the surge protector. Open the computer case. TOUCH the metal frame of the computer case, to relieve your body of static electricity.
2.You may have to use a flashlight. Look for the cables coming from the card reader. From the Front Panel. You may have to remove the Front Panel a bit, to peer in, and see which cables go to the card reader.
Finding these cables, follow them back to the motherboard. See if they're plugged in, plugged in tight, and if they are the right way around. Do the same for the firewire ports, and the USB ports. Follow their cables.
Sorry all_smiles_0 but I'll possibly wipe your smile away with the fact that your lappy only supports
SD, card, SDHC card, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, Multi Media card
I don't see Xd in the list, so, the reason you can't find a slot is that it doesn't have one...
However there is a silver lining, you lappy has vista which supports the vast majority of cameras natively. Try finding the USB/Firewire/1394 port on your camera and hooking it directly to your lappy and you may find the vista picture wizard appears on it's own and offers to import the pics. If it doesn't, don't worry many of the main accessory manufactures io, startech and the like make USB based Xd readers, if you have no reader and your cam won't download without you shoud be able to find one for $20-$30 at your local computer store.
Well, installing an internal card reader without a spot on the motherboard, is a little hard to do. I would suggest buying an external card reader. They are a little cheaper, and a lot easier to setup and use, since they just connect to a USB port which all computers have.