my sony memory stick somwtimes won't be recognised

Sony / 128mb memory stick
February 10, 2012 at 10:45:14
Specs: Windows xp, p4, 3ghz, 1gb
sony memory stick not always recognised.
The last few days when I put my memory stick into the slot and click on removeable disk 'I' as I usually do, there is nothing there. I try clicking the other removeable slots f, g & h and none of them have anything. I try ejecting each and it says there's an error (I assume as it is finding nothing in any slot). There is only 1 slot which will take my sony memory card so I can't try it in a different one. I have tried other memory cards the same and they won't show up either. When I put them back in my sony cybershot camera the photos are still there.
I have to turn off the computer and back on again, I then insert the memory stick again. Sometimes it works, sometimes I have to turn the computer off and try again.
Just to mention I always eject my memory card by right clicking and clicking eject from my computer.
Please help me!

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February 10, 2012 at 12:59:48
Sounds as though the card reader may be dying. You could go to the manufacturer of the machine (Sony or whoever), they will have downloads/driver area to download the proper driver for the memory card reader. You can then try reinstalling the driver to see if that resolves the issue, but it if not, the best bet is to just buy a USB external card reader....inexpenseive.

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February 11, 2012 at 08:10:41
Hi, thanks for the reply. I was hoping it wasn't the card reader but it is most likely. The memory stick I have is a sony memory stick, the back says msa 128a, do you know what time of memory card it is, it is purple, approx 5cm x 2cm? I am looking at getting a 'Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo SD USB 2.0 memory card reader' that is £7.99 on ebay and want to make sure I am getting the right thing? It looks right but I can't tell. The slot on my computer says ms pro/ms pro duo.
Thankyou for your help.

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February 11, 2012 at 13:42:11
You may need to have the proper drivers loaded for your card reader.

The circuitry of older memory card readers cannot recognize newer larger capacity memory cards at all.

For an external card reader, you may need to plug the USB cable into a different USB port in order for it to be recognized properly.

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February 12, 2012 at 06:36:36
HI, thanks for your responce. I think I will try getting the external usb card reader as suggested. I have used the internal memory card reader for a long time now without problems so it does seem like it is on its way out as I'm not doing anything different to normal. I;m not confident with computers so I think this will be easier than trying to make sure about the drivers as I don't know what I'm doing with that and worry I would mess it up some how.

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