SD/MS/SMC Devices

June 8, 2009 at 13:19:58
Specs: Windows Vista, 256k
So I have a eMachines ET 1160-05, and I was tinkering with it trying to figure out what I could add to it to upgrade it. In the process I must have unhooked the cable that connects my SD/MS/SMC devices, which are located right on the front of the tower. Now, I am unsure where the cable plugs into it has what looks like 4 little holes on it, and I just was wondering if there is a picture anywhere as to what it should look like or if anyone can help me hook it up. Thank you all for you assistance.

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June 8, 2009 at 19:48:41
It should connect to a USB pinout generally used for a USB connection on the front panel.

I recently replaced a motherboard in an emachine that had those built in card readers. The motherboard model was a K8MC5IG and the card reader cable connected to the USB5/6 connector. Your MB may or may not be the same model but I'm sure it will attach to a USB port pinout. The cable should only fit on one way..

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June 8, 2009 at 20:49:26
I have done just that. I think I may have possibly fried out the card reader when I plugged it into something else, but I am unsure. When I plugged it in and fired up the computer, it said it was installing new devices. But when I open up My Computer, they are no longer there. I am at a loss now. If I truly did fry my card reader, I could care less, I'll just buy a new one. But if that's not it I need to know what could have potentially happened. What I don't understand is my usb ports which are located right next to the card readers work without any problem at all.

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June 8, 2009 at 21:29:58
There were some drivers on the emachine support page. I can't remember if installing those was what set up the readers or if it was upgrading to sp2 and sp3. Seems like your vista would see them OK though.

I'm not sure but I think the readers are passive device, that is they have no electronics to get 'fried'. It's the USB port that does all the work.

You can get USB plug in card readers at walmart and just about anywhere that carries digital photo stuff. So, yeah, it's not a big deal if the built-in ones don't work. It would just be more convienent if they did.

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