Solved Howcan I get my Acer to recognize the card reader

December 30, 2018 at 09:23:43
Specs: Windows 7
I used AVG Driver Update, and they lost my Card Reader. I contacted them, and their associate brought my computer back, but it didn't work. To shorten the explanation, I went through hours of work just to get my computer to start after the techie was done.

I don't know which driver I need. I can't do an add device, because my computer doesn't recognize it.

I tried restore from my own computer, but that didn't bring the card reader back.

I don't want to do a restore back to factory specs and go through all the setting up required afterward.

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December 30, 2018 at 12:54:58
Click on the link below. I suggest you download ALL the files for that computer. Select "save file" when prompted. Pay attention to where the files are being downloaded to so you can find them again, or change the path to the desktop for easy access.

You may or may not need to install all the other drivers.

The drivers are for Windows 7 32 bit version, which I assume you have.

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/ID/conte...



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December 30, 2018 at 09:30:33
"I used AVG Driver Update"

Why would you do that? Driver finder programs should be avoided & you just found out firsthand as to why. Just go the Acer website & download the drivers for your computer. I'd have posted a direct link but you didn't post the model/model number of your computer.


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December 30, 2018 at 11:08:38
The other point is that those third party utilities are not in business for their health. Clicking through usually requires registering and downloading their software first. Who knows how invasive that might be.

Those programs should be the last resort if you can't find drivers anywhere else.

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December 30, 2018 at 12:33:50
Thank you for your reply. Here is the info for my model
Acer One D257 13473 2011/04/26
Is that enough?

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December 30, 2018 at 12:54:58
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Click on the link below. I suggest you download ALL the files for that computer. Select "save file" when prompted. Pay attention to where the files are being downloaded to so you can find them again, or change the path to the desktop for easy access.

You may or may not need to install all the other drivers.

The drivers are for Windows 7 32 bit version, which I assume you have.

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/ID/conte...


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December 30, 2018 at 14:43:58
And when you download and then install "anything" from the web - regardless of source - use the manual or custom option to instal them; NOT the usual/inevitable default - automatic... Watch for and uncheck all boxes (so helpfully pre checked "for your convenience") apart from the one for the actual item you wish to install. That way you avoid installing all manner of junk, system changes etc. which you neither need nor want; and frequently are bundled in the download - and a real PIA to eradicate once installed.

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December 30, 2018 at 17:12:16
Thanks. Here's what I get after downloading and running the file-
Caution: If you can not find a bluetooth or 3G device listed below but your computer does have these devices, please turn on these devices and click "Detect Again"
LAN Realtek, VGA Intel, Wireless LAN Atheros

There's nothing else, wait... I went back and found card readr.. BRB

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December 30, 2018 at 17:28:29
yeehaw... I have my card reader back... now I have to find a way to get my external 500 gig HD back which I lost earlier for some reason. Back to work

Rut Roh, I don't know what to look for.
The FreeAgent HD is plugged into a USB, but doesn't show in the "Computer" list of devices. Both USB ports light up my plug in light. Now what?

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December 30, 2018 at 21:03:54
Go to Device Manager and see if the USB ports are enabled. You may need to install the Chipset drivers.

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December 31, 2018 at 07:42:07
Thank you everyone... I have my card reader back, and it was MY error that the external 500GB HD wasn't working.
When I tipped the netbook to read info on the bottom, the HD had disconnected w/o me knowing it. So I plugged it back in, and everything works.

Makes me wonder why "Safely Remove Hardware" is necessary, since there are no bad effects from the unplugged HD.

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE. Happy Camper Here:)


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December 31, 2018 at 08:16:44
You can have VERY bad results from unplugging the external hard drive IF the system is accessing the drive at that moment. What typically happens is that the file allocation table becomes corrupt and the drive reads as not accessible and needs special attention to possibly get access to the drive without reformatting it (loosing all data stored on it). I say possibly because it is not always successful.
Yes, it is important to use Remove Hardware whenever removing any storage device (drive or flash drive).

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.


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December 31, 2018 at 09:37:05
Maxout

If your issues have been resolved you may wish to set a best answer response. That then marks the post as solved so others don't bother trying to help needlessly.


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January 1, 2019 at 10:27:20
OtheHill - Best answer for restoring my card reader was the link to Acer, where I downloaded the proper driver.
OtheHill - Best answer for my lack of computer knowledge, telling me to go to Device Manager... which I didn't even know existed.
OtheHill - Best advice to use Remove Hardware... I was lucky my HD wasn't in action when the cord detached.

In all, I have received both help and information. Computing.net is A GREAT SITE


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January 1, 2019 at 12:00:57
maxout

Fingers is the helper that explained the reason to use "Remove Hardware". Thanks for the other items.


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January 1, 2019 at 12:54:22
Oops, thank you fingers.
"You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane."
Or, It's better to be a half-wit than a complete idiot.

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