Solved Normal for SD card to jiggle in reader? Disconnects touch

August 23, 2017 at 12:44:59
Specs: Windows 8.1, Intel i7, 8 GB RAM
The SD card reader is internal (built-in, Realtek) to the Asus laptop. The card gets read when inserted all the way but wiggles around inside, so when it get brushed up against or touched it can disconnect. Is this a problem with the reader, or is that kind of play/tolerance to be expected? There doesn't seem to be any kind of spring locking mechanism so it can be easy to disrupt when accidentaly nudging it.

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August 23, 2017 at 14:14:52
Very good! Construction and fix-it jobs hardly ever work
as well as I expect, but I'm finding that persistence helps.
I've always been careful, but being careful isn't enough.
I read that it usually takes about six tries to get a new idea
to work, and most businesses give up after three. 'The
Psychology of Everyday Things' by Donald Norman.

Did you have to hunt for 99.5% isopropyl? I tried to get as
concentrated as I could last time, but only found 91%. I'm
running out now and put it on my list of things to get just
last week. Drugstore? Hardware store? I got what I have
at Target.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



#1
August 23, 2017 at 13:00:29
SD cards normally fit fairly snugly. Either there's a fault with your reader of your not inserting the card fully.

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August 23, 2017 at 13:06:47
I'm definitely inserting it all the way. The play is side-to-side.

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August 23, 2017 at 13:33:45
Thinking about it for about one and a half seconds, it
occurred to me that that is the sort of problem I would
be tempted to try to remedy myself. I just put some
padding inside my door lock so it wouldn't clack as
loudly when locked or unlocked. You could put a little
shim in one side or the other of the card slot, if there
is a surface you can glue it to. Just determine first if
the card wants to be to the left or to the right side of
the opening, then glue the shim to the opposite side.

Does it look like that might work? If so, is it something
you'd want to try?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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August 23, 2017 at 13:56:06
That's actually really cool idea. Unfortunately, I have the mechanical aptitude of a bumblebee (I'm assuming they aren't very good at PC repair) and wouldn't trust myself under any circumstances with sticky substances around a piece of electronics! Alcohol is another matter...I just finished drenching a paper towel in isopropyl alcohol 99.5% and vigorously cleaning the inside of the slot. It seemed to have a real effect, and shifting the card around a little didn't cause it to disconnect.
A few interesting things I learned from this experience: Transcend cards will likely continue giving me problems for whatever reason, as they were the only ones that still disconnected with a bit movement (otherwise they are fine cards); a bit of wiggle no longer seemed to affect other brands after the cleaning; Windows has all kinds of driver issues with the reader itself and a Linux live CD proved that it now actually works as expected (save for those two pesky Transcend cards!).
But thanks for the suggestion. It may indeed prove useful for someone in the same predicament. I'm glad to say a thorough cleaning was all it took in this case. At any rate, I'm getting an external reader.

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August 23, 2017 at 14:04:05
ijack, it seems the reader works fine after a cleaning. The side-to-side movement no longer causes a disconnect, save for one particular brand of SD card (it might come down to the card's manufacturing tolerances). Thanks for your input, and I think the reader isn't of the highest mechanical quality to begin with. I'll be buying an external USB SD reader soon since they're a lot more convenient.

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August 23, 2017 at 14:14:52
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Very good! Construction and fix-it jobs hardly ever work
as well as I expect, but I'm finding that persistence helps.
I've always been careful, but being careful isn't enough.
I read that it usually takes about six tries to get a new idea
to work, and most businesses give up after three. 'The
Psychology of Everyday Things' by Donald Norman.

Did you have to hunt for 99.5% isopropyl? I tried to get as
concentrated as I could last time, but only found 91%. I'm
running out now and put it on my list of things to get just
last week. Drugstore? Hardware store? I got what I have
at Target.

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis


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August 23, 2017 at 15:16:55
Jeff,

I'm in Canada, so it wasn't that difficult for me to find 99+% at the drugstore. I'm not sure what state laws are in Minnesota regarding the sale of isopropyl alcohol, but even here, some stores will not sell anything more than 70% pure (and if they do they do it at their own discretion, on a per-customer basis). But 91% should be more than suitable for cleaning electronics and evaporate quickly. Sorry I couldn't be of more help. I did check Amazon.com and they look to sell 99%.

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