SD Card or reader Problem

Microsoft Windows xp media center 2005
April 21, 2011 at 21:13:31
Specs: Windows XP, Pentium D/2.8 GHz/2
I bought a new 4GB Mini SD memory card for my phone. I put it in the card reader on my computer, the green light came on, but it didn't automatically open (it never does, with any kind of card), so I started checking the several "Removable Disc" icons to find it. Clicking an icon just sent the cursor into hourglass wait mode. I removed the disc, and the hourglass disappeared and the computer told me to insert a disc, etc. I tried a Smart Media card in it's slot, and it worked fine. A little research told me that card readers, and especially their cables, go bad. So I bought a refurbished reader (it came with a cable) and installed it. Inserted the SD card- same problem exactly as before.

I checked the card reader process, and it seems to be running automatically and normally. I tried updating drivers, but there doesn't seem to be anything wrong with the one I have and no updates are available on the HP website. I also tried to find info re: maximum memory card capacity, but the HP didn't specify a maximum, and 4GB isn't that much anyway.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Thanks.

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April 21, 2011 at 22:10:39
"and 4GB isn't that much anyway"

It is when your card reader can only handle 2gig cards and many built in readers can only handle 2gigs. Buy an external reader that can handle larger cards. Refurbed may indicate that it is an older model that can't handle larger cards either. Did you read the specs of the reader when you bought it?

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April 22, 2011 at 03:56:28
The replacement reader I bought was exactly the same HP part # as the original, and as I stated before, I could find no hard specs for it. The HP website makes a general statement in their reader info: "The memory card reader on your computer may not be able to read memory cards over certain capacities (4 GB)." But I suppose that your idea of trying an external reader would be the next step. Thanks.

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September 25, 2011 at 08:55:00
Just to put a cap on this issue: I purchased a small USB multicard reader, and my computer now reads the card. Problem solved. Thanks for all your help.

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