mediacard reader not detected by internal usb

July 12, 2009 at 11:02:53
Specs: Windows XP sp2
my media card reader was detected at first, then I had to reinstall XP. After the reinstall, windows doesn't recognize the reader on internal usb headers, but does recognize the floppy dd portion. CD/DVD works fine on all of the same internal usb headers. I've reloaded the software mulitple times, but no luck. All usb functions are enabled in BIOS. Mobo is Asus M3A78-EM

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July 12, 2009 at 11:53:23
"...I had to reinstall XP..."

If you did not re-load the drivers for your mboard, Windows will not detect some things about it properly.
XP is much older than your mboard model - what it can detect properly automatically has not changed much from when it was first released, despite the Service Packs since. .

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

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July 12, 2009 at 12:49:11
Thanks tubesandwires,
I will try reinstalling all of the AMD chipset drivers. If that doesn't work, then I'll reinstall XP, then reinstall chipset drivers.

Another question...I've read about lots of problems installing SP3 and as such, I'm very hesitant to do it. Everything else is up to date. Should I install SP3 and if so, what would be the benefit?

Thanks again!

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July 12, 2009 at 14:27:24
When you re-install XP from scratch these days, when you go to the Microsoft Update web page, after a few things have been installed, the SP3 updates appear as the only update.
You can't install any other updates until that has been installed.

Problems with installing SP3 updates are almost always because of programs that have already been installed - it isn't because of the SP3 updates themselves, but sometimes it's because of the SP3 updates not handling ceratain installed programs being there properly . When you install the SP3 updates first, or early, after a fresh install of Windows from scratch it's quite rare for you to have any problems - I certainly haven't had any problems regarding that situation.

NOTE that it's NOT a good idea to install some anti-malware software before installing SP3 updates, ESPECIALLY Norton products, because even if you disable the resident module of the software from running (the part that runs all the time) , it may STILL interfere with installing the SP3 updates properly.

AdAware free, Malwarebytes free, has no resident module

AdAware paid, Malwarebytes paid, AVG 8.x free and paid, SpyBot free and paid, Avast! free and paid - has a resident module you should disable. Either disable that, or don't install it until after the SP3 updates have been installed. I haven't had any problems disabling the Resident Shield in AVG and then installing SP3 updates, but I don't know about the others, and apparently there are other anti-malware programs that are better off not being installed before SP3 updates.

At least some Norton products will interfere with the proper SP3 updates installation even if you disable eveything you can in it from running - don't install it before installing SP3 updates. If you have already installed it, the software has Piracy protection - you can un-install it but you can't re-install it successfully until you have contacted Symantec, because they need to delete info that was sent to their web site while installing the software before you can successfully re-install it.

You can easily make a "slipstreamed" CD, for XP Pro or Home, preferably a CD-R for the best drive compatibility, that has the contents of your original CD with the SP3 updates integrated into it. You use your original Product Key. I have had zero problems installing XP from such "slipstreamed" CDs.

NOTE that if your original CD does not have SP3 updates included, after the SP3 updates have been installed, if you run sfc /scannow (System File Checker) it won't accept the original CD as a valid CD to run the program along with (the same applies if your system has only SP2 updates and the CD doesn't have SP2 updates) . If you have a "slipstreamed" CD with SP3 updates integrated into it, that was properly made, sfc will accept that CD as valid no problem.

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September 20, 2009 at 19:59:13
I have a vista OS with a card reader not detected when I insert the media

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September 20, 2009 at 21:16:35

It's not a good idea to post in a Topic that's more than about a week old because of the volume of posts this web site receives, especially in the Hardware, XP, and Vista forums. The only ones who will answer are people who happen to have the Topic saved in their Tracked Posts list.

See my post in your other Topic:

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