Laptop card reader no longer read SD cards

February 11, 2010 at 16:32:13
Specs: Windows XP
Had a friend "clean" my computer. Now when I put my SD card in the card reader it does nothing. Not a sound nothing.

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#1
February 11, 2010 at 16:38:25
You mean clean out the dust inside the case or clean up the operating system? Does the card reader attach externally to a USB port or is it part of the front panel of the PC?

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#2
February 11, 2010 at 17:02:30
He cleaned up the computer hard drive, took off all the things that I didn't use. The card reader is built in on the side of my laptop.

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#3
February 11, 2010 at 18:05:51
He probably deleted either drivers or software necessary for the reader. Check in device manager and see if any problem shows with any of the hardware. Check the laptop site and see if there's any downloads for the reader. If so, download and reinstall what's missing.

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#4
February 12, 2010 at 05:30:18
So I think I did that already. I went into device manager usb clicked on all of them, checked the properties and nothing showed up. Went on the web site to drivers and I downloaded what I thought I needed, I even put the drivers cd in that came with the comptuer. Any other thoughts?

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#5
February 12, 2010 at 11:56:21
When you say you "checked the properties and nothing showed up" do you mean no problem showed up or do you mean it was blank, indicating a problem?

The card reader itself should be just a USB device but it may be separately enabled in cmos/bios setup so check that too.

Could he have damaged the reader by forcing a non-compatible card in it? Would he tell you if he did? Other than that it's got to be a driver or software issue. If you can't find a download to fix it maybe a system restore will work.

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#6
February 12, 2010 at 18:39:23
When I checked it in systems it showed up as no problems. Got into Cmos/bios setup. Not really sure where to go from there. Said everything was enabled.

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#7
February 12, 2010 at 19:14:11
Is the SD card good? Have you tried others?

Otherwise if there's no other drivers or software to download the only other thing I can think of would be a system restore.

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#8
February 12, 2010 at 19:23:39
what exactly would I restore.

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#9
February 12, 2010 at 20:46:15
Here's some info:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/306084

If your user account has administrative privileges (which it probably does) you don't need to log on to the administrator account.

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