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Card readers not working when I boot with nothing in the slot!

Q: Card readers not working when I boot with nothing in the slot!

This is my first post here, so be gentle on me

Since the symptoms of my problem are so specific and easy to reproduce I figured I would find the answers easily.. But after a whole evening of searching on Google, I have found nothing which can help...

I have just built my new PC using an Asus M4A78 motherboard and had surprisingly few problems.

However, today I found that I have a problem with "card readers".

I have a card reader in my printer, an internal 5 slot one (which connects directly to a USB header on the Motherboard), and I also have several external ones.

What I have found is this.

1. If I connect the Card Reader to the PC when its up and running and it works (it doesn't matter if there is a card in the slot or not).. I get the 'bing bong' noise.. The reader appears (I see the drive letter) and then when I insert a card, Windows 'mounts' it and I can view the files.

2. If I Reboot the PC whilst a reader is connected (and empty), when Windows boots I see the drive letters, but when I insert a card I get an 'egg timer' in Windows and double clicking on the card letter shows "Please Insert disk into drive X:"

3. If Boot the PC whilst a reader is connected AND there is a media card (SD, CF, etc) in the slot and it works normally.. The PC boots, the card is readable and significantly, if I can remove the card and reinsert it (or insert another card) and it mounts.

So the bottom line is that I can only get a card reader to work if:

1. I connect it AFTER the PC was booted
2. I boot the PC with the reader connefted AND I have a card in the slot

If I boot with it empty, then I see the drive letters but it does not work and the only way to make it work is via the 2 options above...

My old PC wasn't like this and I was running the same version of Windows (XP SP3) and was fully up to date... It wasn't like this on my old Motherboard, so this is clearly something new....

I have installed all of the latest drivers for this motherboard and have upgraded to the current BIOS and its the same.. So i am now out of ideas..

This is such an obvious problem which is easy to reproduce so I don't think i am alone.. But a search of Google finds nothing, so I am more than a little nervous about this.

My fingers are crossed that someone can help..

Does anyone have any ideas?


Preferred Solution: Card readers not working when I boot with nothing in the slot!

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Card readers not working when I boot with nothing in the slot!

Disable "legacy USB support" in the bios, and see if the problem goes away

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I recently recovered my C Drive and re-installed Win XP Home on my Vaio PCV-RZ32G using the Recovery Discs. Now I am unable to use any card reader/writer or my digital camera to download photos.

After exhausting all attemps at un-installing and re-installing packaged software, I am leaning towards the following conclusion:


I have 2 Multi-Card Readers, a LEXAR RW022 & a SANDISK IMAGEMATE 12 in 1. Both come with software Setup CDs and have drivers for Windows 98SE & 2000 only. They both claim that XP users do not need the drivers. I exhausted an hour with the SanDisk Live Support without any resolution except that the unit may be bad. I'm sure It's not!

Using the New Found Hardware Wizzard results in the following message:

"The hardware was not installed because the Wizzard cannot find the necessary software."

It then request you insert any "Installation Media such as CD ROM" which when inserted results in the same above referenced message.

The sound I get when plugging in any of these devices (including the camera) is "Devise Failed To Connect" yet when I unplug the devise I get the "Devise Disconnected" sound.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I am running Win7 32 bit and I'm having trouble with two out of three of my cardreaders after a new build (ASUS P8P67 Deluxe). The cardreader in my Canon MP960 has worked fine for several years using the same version of Windows in my previous build. Now, the drive shows up with a letter assigned, but the card is not detected when inserted. The same thing happens with my Sony MRW620 internal cardreader. The USB port on the internal reader works so I know it is connected to the MB correctly.

One more piece of data: If I plug my six year old SanDisk card reader in to a USB port, it reads my cards just fine.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

A:Card readers not working

No idea if you still have this problem but if you do you should check if you installed Marvell Storage Utility V4 along with the other drivers for the motherboard. Somehow that program messes up card reader. Just uninstall it and it should all be working again.

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I don't know if this should be here or in Hardware but I'm having a problem with my DVD player and card readers on my Dell XPS 400 system not working in Windows XP Media Center Edition. Here's what I've tried to far to fix the DVD drive.

Right now I'm focused on the DVD drive. It shows up under My Computer as usual except that it won't read any CDs inserted. Drive has power but doesn't seem to try to read the disc.

1. Update Drive- No updated driver available
2. Remove the drive in Device Manager & Reboot- Drive detected at reboot and installed properly but same condition
3. Delete upper and lower filters in registry & reboot- Same condition after reboot
4. Ran virus scan w/no infections found
5. Ran hijack this and analyzed log and found nothing deemed unsafe

Does anyone have any ideas on what to try next?

A:DVD Drive and Card Readers not working

Anyone got any ideas?

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I was hoping to boot from the SD card a live linux, but it appears there may not be a way to do this?  If it's not possible, is there a way to boot from a small portion of the regular drive, then load into the sd card? Basically I don't want to have a USB slot being taken up by a drive and the SD card slot is just really convienent. 

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Some while back I installed Acronis True Image Home 2012 on my Win7 64 bit PC. It is a backup solution that would have satisfied my backup requirements at the time. I immediately found a problem with the fact that it failed to recognise my network drive as a backup location. After days of communications with their support dept. and a couple of sessions of remote support they realised that the software was not happy about "empty" disk drives. I have a built in multi-port card reader and also have card readers built into the monitor. They show as disk drives in "My Computer" even when there are no cards in the slots. The option in Windows to "hide empty drives" didn't cure the problem.

They eventually sent me a patch that cured the network drive recognition problem but left me with the problem that my PC no longer recognises any USB mass storage device or any memory card plugged into either of the card readers. I didn't realise I had this new problem for some time as I don't use USB disk drives. It's not just USB attached devices that are not recognised, it also won't recognise firewire disks either. I have tried un-installing the Acronis software but it doesn't remove the errant driver(s).

I've tried removing the devices and rebooting to force an update and I've tried scanning for new drivers without success. The PC tells me I have the latest drivers installed.

I have now found the 2 errant drivers and remove... Read more

A:USB Mass storage devices not working - including card readers

The backup software from hell.

I had a similiar problem with Acronis 2012. In the end I had to do a clean install to get rid of it. There is a post on this forum that I will look up for you and post back.

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Hello All, I'm looking under the hood of my 1st gen Thinkpad X1 Carbon, and I'm trying to identify the PCIe slots.  In particular, the following page states that I should have 2 PCI Express Mini slots:  https://support.lenovo.com/au/en/solutions/pd027202 Now I see the WLAN card and the WWAN card, and my natural assumption is that these are both in PCIe ports, but on closer inspection I see that the WLAN card's slot is only 19mm wide, whereas the WWAN card is the standard 26mm width of normal PCIe Mini ports. This raises some questions:  1. Is the WLAN connected to a proprietary slot, or is this just a different type of PCIe standard?  2. If the WLAN is connected to a proprietary slot, where is my second PCIe slot? Any help would greatly be appreciated. Regards,Adam Zebrowski-az  

A:Why is my WLAN card slot narrower than my WWAN card slot (PCIe mini)?

On closer inspection, it looks like my SSD connects to a similar-looking slot as my WLAN card.  I guess this means my WLAN card uses a SATA connection or something? I normally work with desktop PCs, so I'm unfamiliar with a lot of these laptop hardware standards. Regards,Adam Zebrowski-az- 

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Can anyone help me please?
Laptop M301Z. Using Windows 10.  My SD card slot/Port is not working, no response at all.
I have tried to download & install Dell drivers but I am not sure which drivers I need for this port.
I am using Windows 10 but this may not be the problem.
Your help would be much appreciated.

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Hello everybody.

Since sending a motherboard in for rma is both money-sink (need to ship it to them, a replacement unit and to reinstall windows) and an excruciating wait (weeks? months?) I'd like to try absolutely everything I can before I do.

Two months ago everything was working fine, then I had to take everything to another room to paint the walls in my room. Start getting "display drivers stopped working" as I plug the unit back, this over the span of three days. Case was cleaned last month, I decide to take out gpu and clean some more. Turn outlet and psu off, as soon as I start unscrewing the dvi cable I can feel static. Unplug psu, discharge power with the case button, take 6870 out and remove that little dust there was, put it back: gpu is powered up, fan spins, permanent black screen at boot, no video signal. Take it off, hook the thing to onboard gfx: everything works fine. Try back with 6870, black screen. Go get PSU tested, it apparently works (they didn't give me a full report on load). Go back, test mobo with three different older ati (pre-amd) cards, 3x black screen. Checked bios to make sure, main adapter was on pci-e.

I had other stuff to do so I put the issue to rest for a few days while I had one of the ati cards (2600 xt) double-checked by a store. As it turns out, the 2600 xt works alright, so I decided to take the plunge and go with a z77-a motherboard to replace the asrock (very cheap and couldn't even overclock so). After ... Read more

A:Card not working in first PCI-E slot

Are you cleaning out all the old drivers before switching all these cards? that can cause a card not to work right. But the reason you are switching to on board is because the bios does not detect the card. These motherboards- if they detect a card in a pcie X16 slot automatically disable on board graphics. So, it seems if you are switching to on board, it means BIOS isn't detecting the card is installed.

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All of a sudden, my SD slot isn't working. I go to Device Manger and it says Device descriptor request failed. Code 43. any thoughts?

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                   When i insert a SD card into my Elitebook 853w runing windows 10 (64 bit).   Nothing happens.  When plug somthing into 1 of the USB solts,  it reganizes it.  Please Help -Jonathan 

A:SD card slot not working

Please check your AutoPlay settings.Type Autoplay  into the Start Menu Search Bar and click on the "Autoplay Settings" result.Choose a default behavior for 'Memory Card'. It might be set to 'Take No Action'. More detailed info: Customize AutoPlay  If you found my answer helpful please say thanks by clicking on the Thumb's Up icon.          If my answer solved your problem please mark it as the Accepted Solution. Thanks!

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Hey! The integrated 3-in1 memory card reader does not recognize sd cards (tried two). Updated drivers/computer, everything. Installed the realtek card reader driver. Nope, still nothing. Have explorer show hidden files/empty drives, nothing.Both cards are recognized by another computer so it's not the cards.Any ideas?

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This is a used Toshiba laptop I got a month ago. The previous owner said he never used the SD card slot. I know why, because it's not working. When I slide any SD card in, the light comes on for 1 second and then comes off. The card is not recognized. Needless to say, I know the cards are good because they work everywhere else, including a USB card reader I have.

I checked Device manager and I don't see a problem. I believe the SD card reader is the "USB Mass Storage Device"?

I ran troubleshooting and it found that there is a problem with PnP devices and an "unknown device doesn't have a driver". It didn't find a solution or the driver.

I went to the Toshiba site and downloaded a couple of card reader driver versions.
Can someone please tell me the sequence, I uninstall, reboot, install new driver?


A:SD card slot not working.

There is a program called AIDA that you can download from here:

EVEREST Ultimate Edition - PC Diagnostics | Lavalys.com

Run it and under Windows Devices look for unknown devices. Click on the unknown device and it will tell you what the device is, probably the SD Card reader. Download the drivers for it from Toshiba and install.

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HP Notebook - 15-af123cl, SD Card slot not working since Windows 10 64-bit updated. 

A:SD Card slot not working since Windows 10 Upgrade

Hi, Please download and re-install Realtek Card reader driver:            http://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp72001-72500/sp72086.exe Regards.

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I have installed the new windows 10 in my PC, before this i had windows 7 home premium. i have a memory card adapter in which i used to slid my micro SD card and was able to access it when i had windows 7, but when i upgraded to windows 10 and inserted the memory card reader in the slot it stopped detecting, their is no action and i am not able to access it.
Please help
System: Dell Studio 1558 2010-11 Model.

A:SD memory card/ Slot not working in Windows 10

Hi Anandani,
Dell Studio 1558 has not been tested by Dell for Windows 10 operating system you will not find drivers for it. However, please use the card reader Windows 7 driver and install it in compatibility mode.
Please let me know if this works.

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I recently got an ASUS NVidia GeForce ENGTS450 DC SL/DI/1GD3 graphics card (which is PCIEX16 2.0) for my PC, but when I connect it to the PCIEX16 (3.0) slot I don't get a display, if I connect it to the PCIEX4 slot I do get a display!

Anyone got any ideas why? - Thanks

System Info:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i3-2120 CPU @ 3.30GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 42 Stepping 7
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 4043 Mb
Graphics Card: LogMeIn Mirror Driver, 14 Mb (Incorrect - ASUS NVidia GeForce ENGTS450 DC SL/DI/1GD3)
Hard Drives: C: Total - 152273 MB, Free - 90053 MB;
Motherboard: Gigabyte Technology Co., Ltd., B75M-D3H
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Disabled
PSU: 485W (Have tried with cheap 650W with same problem)

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Win xp 1.8ghz 512 ram
Where can I find problem preventing media card slot from working in computer?
Is there a driver for this?
Icon dissapeared
Supposed to be when I click Computer to view Devices With Removable Storage.


A:Smart Media Card Slot Not Working

Check the device manager for any conflictions.

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Hi guys I just got a used sound card to go on a computer I recently bought but the sound card's not working. Here's my problem. I knew the card was gateway oem, but i thought it would work on my ibm system anyway. apparently it won't.
This is what I know:
every time I install the card and turn on my computer, the computer just sits there and does nothing (i.e. it won't boot and i have a blank screen at that). As soon as I remove the darn thing my computer boots normally. At first I thought my isa modem and pci ethernet card were interfering with it somehow, so I removed them and tried the sb card by itself. still nothing though. Then I tried the sound card in all 3 of my pci slots yet it still didn't work. Now, I know all of the slots are working because I tried my ethernet in all 3 to make sure of that. I tryed different combinations of putting it in, but i gave up and put my ethernet card back in, but left the modem out. (oh yeah. my modem has never worked for the 2 months i've had this computer; of course I'll post about that later, but do you think these 2 problems could be related? I BTW the sound card is a sound blaster live 128 pci.
I do have the drivers from gateway's website. Any insight or help is greatly appreciated from you guys. thanks in advance, neongeon

Also here's what msinfo32 told me:
0 System timer
1 Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural Keyboard
2 Programmable interrupt controller
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A:Sound card in pci slot will not allow my pc to boot at all

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Slot was always reliable; Inserted sd card while pc was coming out of standby mode and no longer works.  Device Manager shows PCI Device not working (PCI bus 1, device 0, function 1) but has no details on driver so it can't be found to update it.  Tried disabling then reenabling the driver with no success.  Checked sd card, can still be read in camera.  Swapped different sd cards with same result.  Slot is not damaged, think it is a driver issue.

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I've seen this problem reported for other Dell machines for a year now, since Windows 10 came out, but not for my model.
Since installing Windows 10, I can't use my SD card slot to write to, format, etc. a microSD card with adaptor. I can see the drive, read the card, and transfer files from it, but when I try to write I get an error message that the disk is write protected. It isn't. The exact same cards and adaptors work fine in my son's computer, and the cards work fine in my phone.
I just updated all my drivers and it still isn't working. When will Dell finally provide a fix for this? I can't even find any indication that they're working on it.

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Today I put my computer to sleep and returned about 30 minutes later to start it back up. My computer's power light and fans came on and tried to start up repeatedly but after the computer tried around five times, it made a long beep followed by two short beeps. I looked up the type of issue those beeps meant for my motherboard and it was a video error. I found that when removing my GeForce 8800 GT from my PCI-E slot and plugging my monitor directly into the integrated graphics card everything works fine. It booted up and had to reinstall the new drivers for the GeForce 1650 (Integrated), but everything worked fine. I figured that meant my graphics card or RAM was broken, so I took it to my closest computer repair store. They tested the power supply to see if it was supplying enough power to the card and it passed. They also tested the RAM and the graphics card to see if they were broken, but they both passed. They told me to either leave it with them for a week or just use the integrated graphics (which of course stubborn me chose to take it home for now). I am willing to leave it at the store if necessary and I also have a compatible motherboard in mind that I could buy if that will solve the issue, but before I make any actions I figured I would take advantage of these forums and hold out on using the different card for a week or so.

The type of computer I have is a Gateway GT5662 and it is less than two years old. I upgraded the graphics card with the GeForce 88... Read more

A:Graphics Card/ PCI-E Slot Issue On Boot-up

Quote: Originally Posted by Menutra


Today I put my computer to sleep and returned about 30 minutes later to start it back up. My computer's power light and fans came on and tried to start up repeatedly but after the computer tried around five times, it made a long beep followed by two short beeps. I looked up the type of issue those beeps meant for my motherboard and it was a video error. I found that when removing my GeForce 8800 GT from my PCI-E slot and plugging my monitor directly into the integrated graphics card everything works fine. It booted up and had to reinstall the new drivers for the GeForce 1650 (Integrated), but everything worked fine. I figured that meant my graphics card or RAM was broken, so I took it to my closest computer repair store. They tested the power supply to see if it was supplying enough power to the card and it passed. They also tested the RAM and the graphics card to see if they were broken, but they both passed. They told me to either leave it with them for a week or just use the integrated graphics (which of course stubborn me chose to take it home for now). I am willing to leave it at the store if necessary and I also have a compatible motherboard in mind that I could buy if that will solve the issue, but before I make any actions I figured I would take advantage of these forums and hold out on using the different card for a week or so.

The type of computer I have is a Gateway GT5662 and it i... Read more

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We recently installed an Adaptec 19160 SCSI card in the PCI slot of an HP Pavilion 7850 computer running Windows ME. The SCSI card works fine with our scanner, but a message now appears when the computer cold-boots that says: "ERROR Expansion ROM not initialized - PCI Mass Storage Controller in Slot 03 BUS:01, Device: 0A, Function: 00" A prompt to press F1 to configure, or F2 to continue appears. If we press F2, the computer completes it's boot-up. Pressing F1 takes us to the system configuration screens, but none of the settings for the PCI slot seem to make a difference.

We contacted Adaptec, and their response was that the error message indicates that the attempt to load the SCSI card's BIOS into memory has failed. The SCSI card has built-in BIOS code that must be loaded into a section of memory seht the system is started. Apparently some motherboards have limited ability to provide this memory space. They said we may be able to try other PCI slots (shich we don't have) or enable an option in our system's BIOS that will allow the SCSI card to have this memory space. There also may not be a work-around.

We contacted HP, and we just got a "form-letter" response saying try taking out the board and if the error occurs you know it is due to the SCSI card (duh!). They could give us more help for a $25 consultation fee.

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A:SCSI card in PCI slot causes erro on boot-up

Hi, dreilly

Welcome, by any chance did the scanner come with it's own SCSI card? What scanner do you have?

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Hello. I have a Lenovo ideapad 100s - 80R2 that I just bought a few years ago. The device is running Windows 10 Home, build 1511. I have recently bought a Sandisk 32GB microSDHC card for use of the built-in microSD card slot of the device. When I tried to insert the card into the slot, there was not "Hardware Insert" notification sound coming out of Windows. I thought the card wasn't working. When I managed to insert the card into a USB microSD card reader, the system was able to detect the card, so it means it's working fine, but the microSD card isn't. I tried to find any updates for the SD card controller of the device, but it says it's already the latest version. Any help?  

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I just recently upgraded from Vista to Windows 7 and having a hard time deciphering the card slots. I inserted a CF card and nothing shows on the screen as to where to move pictures or even an icon of the drive anywhere. In short, nothing happens. Any ideas? Before on the vista machine I just used a card reader but thought the convenience of having that built into the new computer it would be easier...not so far.

A:Card Readers

Do you still have the correct drivers?

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Ok nobody liked my long version of this problem so here is the short version.
Can anyone tell me, when using a usb card reader are you supposed to clik on the tray icon that says SAFELY REMOVE HARDWARE and then pick the mass storage drive BEFORE you pull the card from the reader. Or does this only apply if you want to remove the card reader from the PC? I had a card go bad on me and I wonder if I screwed it up because I didnt do it and just pulled the card out.

A:USB card readers

i think u need to click the remove hardware and then it will tell u that it is safe to remove ur card, reader or whatever u clicked earlier,

hope this helps


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should card readers that are vista compatible work with windows 7 , i ask this as my pc recognizes the reader when i plug into the usb port but when i go to see my devices its not there , anybody got an answer , thanks

A:Card readers

When you click on computer does it show up in there? If not it just may be hidden. Try this.

Open "My Computer"

From the Tools menu select "Folder Options"

Select the View tab and, under "Advanced settings" select "Show hidden files and folders".

Click on OK to save settings.

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I belong to a computer club and we have 10 stations with Dell,Hp and Compac PC'S. The HP has a built in Media Card Reader in it. We have Adobe Photo Elements 3.0 and 4.0 programmed into it. Whenever a memory card from a camera is inserted it goes right to the 3.0 with a option to go to 4.0. Why can"t I go to other options that are not listed

A:Card Readers

just out of curiosity, why are you running both applications ?

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Have a 8 or 9 yo ZIO smart media card reader. Is NOT compatible with W7. When I google for drivers, I am linked to software that scans my PC, offers to fix outdated drivers for $40. So far all I have encountered is bulls**t.
BTW I am aware that ZIO was rebranded to Dazzle, same results.
If you go to microtechint.com the web site is dead. Clicking on "contact us", just refreshs the do nothing page.


A:ZIO card readers

Prepare yourself for the very real possibility that your card reader is obsolete and must be replaced.

You did not say what Windows version was the last one drivers were made for, but you can try to install XP, Vista, or Windows 2000 drivers in Windows 7 in Compatibility Mode.
Compatibility Mode

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I am running Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on an Acer Aspire 5741Z-5539 laptop.
The other night I got an odd crash while trying to watch a YouTube video in fullscreen, where the video stuttered, the computer went to black and didn't immediately come back. I turned it off and back on and it went on fine. Last night I tried to watch the video again as I went to bed and it was fine until I plugged in the VGA cable to my desktop monitor and that blinked into a BSoD reading something along the lines of "A device driver attempting to corrupt the system has been caught."
This morning I looked it up and found some sort of boot-time driver scanner that Windows has and went to run that. When I restarted my computer it started booting up and after a couple screens (not booted into Windows yet), it BSoD'd. Restarted, same thing. And again. Finally startup repair ran and it booted again, only now it had a message in the lower right telling me my copy of Windows wasn't legitimate even though it was installed on here by Acer themselves probably 4 or 5 years ago and never gave me this message before in that time. I restarted and the message didn't come up again, so I ran a boot-time scan with Avast to make sure everything was alright. Found one malware in Java and put it in the chest. Windows started up but now I noticed my SD card slot was no longer appearing under Computer. I'm not positive if it was gone on that startup or if it was gone earlier and I hadn't noticed. Restart... Read more

A:Series of issues, BSoD, SD slot gone, boot scans not working, etc.

Please download MiniToolBox  , save it to your desktop and run it.
 Checkmark the following checkboxes:  List last 10 Event Viewer log  List Installed Programs  List Users, Partitions and Memory size.
 Click Go and paste the content into your next post.
 Also...please Publish a Snapshot using Speccy - http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/topic323892.html/page__p__1797792#entry1797792 , taking care to post the link of the snapshot in your next post. 

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Once again Windows 7 has raised my stress levels beyond imagaantation. Three hours into this problem now, and all I hit is brick walls.

I am DESPERATELY trying re retreive some photos off my camera's SD card. The card is perfect.

I have
- an internal card reader on my Dell 9200
- an internal card reader in my Dell monitor
- a Lexar USB2.0 external card reader

There is no way on earth they are all defectiive.

I have multiple SD cards - There is no way on earth they are all defective.

My computer shows my a whack of Removable drive. Nothing works.

To compound everthing, as if its not frustrating enough, I have no way to tell which drive is for what.

The external drive reports the device is Ready for Use

When I randomely select some of the drives I get the progress bar going on the Computer windows. It goes right across, and then does nothing.

When I randomly select other drive, it asks for the media, but ask as if its not there.

I cannot seem to be able to remove all the portable/removable drives from device manager, I had hoped to be able to do this so that Windwos 7 could redetect them... but alas I cannot.

In Device Manager even I go thru each tab, I get some cluse as to what some of the drives are for. I tried to rename the drives accordingly, but Win 7 will not let me.

I am all out of ideas.

Total Windows frusrtration, yet again.

A:Media card readers

This won't fix the problem of figuring which drive letter belongs to what but this might help.
Do you have the cable to connect your camera to the PC?
If so insert the sd card into the camera and then connect the camera to the pc. If the autoplay doesn't open, then browse with windows explorer and you should get an icon image of a camera or a new drive letter. Then there should be a folder of DCIM which should contain your photos ... hope this helps

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In the flopy slot I have installed card reader, to win seven x64 not see it at all, in Vista x64 is ok, knows somebody what is the problem? Thank you very much for your reply.

A:Card Readers Problems

Stick a card in it.

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I don't have access to any of my optical drives or card reader. The computer sees them, but when I try to access them an "Access Denied" error is returned.

I have tried uninstalling the drives, and uninstalling the IDE controller but no joy. Even an external USB DVD drive returns the same error. I also used the system restore to load a fresh copy of Windows, still no joy.

Recently I changed my AV to Avira from AVG. It picked up a trojan, which I had it delete: The report;

"Virus or unwanted program 'TR/Spy.Banker.vk.1 [trojan]'
detected in file 'C:\Documents and Settings\Owner\Local Settings\Application Data\Mozilla\Firefox\Profiles\ecr06y05.default\Cache\C6E618CEd01.
Action performed: Delete file"

The closest thing I've been able to Google about the problem is this thread at cdfreaks.com : http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/lightscribe-not-being-recognized-155950/

Here's part of the suggested solution:

Originally Posted by Djolondoro
Hi, here a reply from The Netherlands in Europe. I had the same problem with Lightscribe, but I have the answer.
First you have to go to the Event Viewer. In the Application Log you see the following error of LightSrcibe Service:

Win32 Error : Function: [HurricaneClientProxy::OpenCDROMDevice] Error opening class device \\.\CDROM0 returned Win32 Error: 5 Description: Access is denied.

You can solve this problem as follows:

Choose Start > Run. Type "regedit" in the Open text box ... Read more

A:No CD, DVD, or Card Readers Recognized

Does it work normally without lightscribe?
Disconnet them, one at a time, and run the computer without one until you narrow it down.
Isolate the problem by reducing your component set to the minimum, then adding devices back in, one at a time.
This is a common symptom of the early stage of some eMachine motherboard failures, so look your board over very carefully for brown or copper tinged rainbow effects on the motherboard along any circuit lines. Do the sniff test for unusual flavors.

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I have Arc Soft Digital Image & PhotoImpression, which downloads the digital pictures just fine but I do use the batteries on my camera to do the download. But this seems to be easier to use than the card reader.
I definitely DO NOT know how to use the card reader and it didn't come with instructions.
Anyone willing to tell me how to use it??!!

A:Need comments about CARD READERS!

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We're going on a family trip to Alaska in June. I have a good digital camera, but I don't want to have to take my laptop computer to get photos off the camera and on to a portable external hard drive that won't take much space. Is there a device I can buy to accomplish that? Is that something I might be able to do with a "card reader" of some kind? Thanks in advance for whatever you may be able to tell me about that -- or for any other idea(s) you may have about how to handle a lot of pictures without having to take a laptop with me.

A:Card Readers for Travel?

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Every pro photographer I have talked to told me to shoot in RAW format then do any resizing that you might want to do. Doing so you get a better looking photo. At least that is what they say.

So I figured get two CF cards, one for shooting in RAW then the other to save the images in jpeg so the developers can read them.

Been looking at Card Readers since most retailers that develop photos can't read anything other than jpeg.

Though it seems that if this model doesn't have some quirk about it that leaves a sour note. Its then next one I look at.

I've looked at Kingston, Lexar, and SanDisk. And still undecided.

A:Choosing Card Readers

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I just bought an 8GB SDHC card and when I got it home I found that my computer wouldn't read it.

After some research on the internet I found one post that said it was an XP problem (I am running XP Home) and there was an update, however when I tried to update I got a message to say that the update was already installed (part of SP3)

Another post said that there is a known issue in that older card readers cannot read SDHC cards and suggested that the firmware might be able to be updated

My computer came installed with an I/O panel that includes card reader slots, USB ports, firewire, v-out, s-out and line in/out/mic input. There is no manufacturers name on the panel.

How do identify the manufacturer to see if there is a firmware update available?


A:Identifying card readers

Device manager will probably just list it as a USB "mass storage device". What's the make and model of the computer?

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I am wondering if anyone else has dealt with this. I have an eMachines T6528 system with 512 MB RAM, Windows XP Home and it includes a memory card reader on the CPU. I also have an Epson Picturemate Printer. When I connect the Epson printer it will hang up since I switched to this new system. Is it possible to have too many card readers on one system? Also, is there anyway to disable the card reader on the PC or the printer. I really don't need both of them all of the time. Usually the system locks up like it is trying to install something and when I unplug the printer it unfreezes.

Any suggestions???

A:Too Many Memory Card Readers???

I doubt the memory card reader is an issue. If the problem goes away when you disconnect the printer, I'd suspect a driver issue related to some feature of the printer.

You can try disabling the one built into the computer by going into Device Manager and disabling it.

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Just purchased 2 new memory card readers. I cannot find a way to read my memory cards on them. I looked in MY COMPUTER , but found no icons to activate the memory card reader. I know the USB port works because I tried another memory card reader in it. My old memory card ( a TARGUS) will open a window when a memory card is inserted in the card reader. The new ones do not.. Where do I look ??

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I have a AMD 7870 Dual slot video card on my Asus M5A99X-Evo Motherboard. It is installed in the first 16x slot...and I also have a PCI-e 1x XF-I Titanium Sound card. The problem I am having is that one of the 1x slots is covered by the video card, and the 2nd one is open, but right smack below the Video card. My Video card is the Sapphire 7870 GHz Edition non OC.. Attached is a picture of what I am trying to explain. My other question is: Will this cause issues since one of the GPU fans is semi covered? Its it recommended? Last question: If I move this to one of the 8x slots below on my motherboard, will it cause my 16x PCI-E slot to slow down? Thanks ahead of time for any help you can provide.

Computer Specs -

Asus M5A99x-Evo Motherboard (AM3+)
AMD FX 8350 8 Core (4Ghz)
Sapphire AMD Radeon 7870 GHz Edition (2GB)
8GB DDR3 1600 Kingston HyperX memory (2x 4GB)
500GB WD Black Edtion SATA HD
1TB WD Black Edtion SATA HD
Sound Blaster XF-I Titanium PCI-E 1x Sound Card
Thremaltake 750 80+ Bronze PS (Smart Series)

A:Question about PCI-e slot below dual slot video card

My opinion ...

Yes, setting up like that will have an impact. The air flow to your GPU will be restricted so it will more than likely run hotter than it did. It may still stay withing recommended specs, but it will run hotter.

The motherboard has onboard sound (RealtekŪ ALC892 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC ), any particular reason why you don't use that? Onboard sound is perfectly good for gaming and the like now, its not like older machines where you needed a dedicated card for decent quality. In my opinion, you only need a dedicated card if you are doing a lot of detailed audio work (mixing, remastering and other specific audio work). This would totally remove the issue.

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I have a HPE H8-1227 desktop. It came with Windows 7. After upgrading earlier this year to Windows 10 everything correctly until tow months ago.  I can no longer use the memory card readers.  They are not recognized in File Explorer (not showing a dirve letter). I do see them in Control panel devices but can not seem to access them.  I noticed that the driver is now from Microsoft with a date of 2006.  Were there original drivers for the memory card readers and where can I obtain them on the HP site?Thanks

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Hi, Since upgrading from Vista to Windows 7 I haven't needed to use my card reader, until now but for some reason they're not showing. I have opened "Folder Options" and unchecked Hide Empty Drives and rebooted with the card in the slot all to no avail.

Can anyone suggest anything else to try please?

Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 7 Professional, Service Pack 1, 64 bit
Processor: AMD Phenom(tm) 9500 Quad-Core Processor, AMD64 Family 16 Model 2 Stepping 2
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 10239 Mb
Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8400, 256 Mb
Hard Drives: C: Total - 114370 MB, Free - 46567 MB; E: Total - 147756 MB, Free - 60040 MB; F: Total - 147492 MB, Free - 13127 MB; K: Total - 1907727 MB, Free - 1181042 MB; L: Total - 953865 MB, Free - 193735 MB;
Motherboard: Acer, F690GVM
Antivirus: ESET Smart Security 7.0, Updated and Enabled

A:Internal Card Readers Missing

i suspect you need to install the chipset drivers

whats the make and model of the PC
should have the drivers on the manufacturers website - assuming they support windows 7 on that PC

lets see a device manager screen shot

Device Manager

Please Post back the results in device manager as requested below

You will now need to take a screen shot and copy that back to the working PC.

how to access device manager for different windows versions

Hold the Windows key and press Pause key, should open to allow device manager to be seen, see the menu on the left hand side

on a laptop you may need to use Hold the Windows key and press FN key + the pause key

If the above does not work then

For Windows 7 or Vista
Click on the Start Orb > In the Start Search box type > device manager and then press enter
Start > control Panel {Vista set to classic view}> system > {Vista, device manager on left hand side} {XP hardware Tab, device manager button} >
start > control panel> System and Security> Device Manager

Once you are in device manager post back the devices that are listed under network adapters
are there any yellow ! ? or a X

post a screen shot of the device manager - network adapters

To post a screen shot of the active window.
For Windows XP
Hold the Alt key and press the PrtScn key. Open the Windows PAINT application... Read more

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I think it's messed up because I put a too large memory card into the SD slot.
I read after-wards somewhere that if you place a memory card that's to large your SD card slot that your card slots would lock up and not show, I am also having an issue with my USB ports. They no longer see USB items that are hooked up to it even though they worked just before the SD slots stopped working..

I looked into the Device manager under disc drives. I read that I could reinstall them from there but they do not show up there either.

A:Card readers not showing in my computer

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Does anyone know if a card reader that reads sony's original memory sticks can also read the memory stick duo/ duo pro?

I prefer to use my laptops built in card reader than having to plug the camera in to get the pictures transferred.


A:card readers and memory sticks

I have several card readers and Sony memory stick and Sony memory stick pro.
One reader handles both sticks and it also worked before I upgraded to USB2 on my desktop.
One card reader worked only on older memory stick and only on USB1
My favorite is a Lexar card reader that handles 6 types of cards, including all Sony cards (4 slots some read more then one type of card.) I believe I got it at Walmart a year ago for about $30

I guess the answer to your question is-some do/ some don't
Look up your reader on Google to see what the specifications say.
By the way-the newer Memory stick pro is great-quicker recovery/more storage etc.

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Have just had to reinstall XP. Card reader works fine on laptop. But on Desktop there is no "plink" sound. At one time when I plugged in the Targus card reader it did say found new hardware. Then it said your hardware may not work properly.

Now I plug in and never see the card reader at all. Help??


A:New install of XP cannot read from old Card Readers

do you have all the updates to xp? did you go to the computers manufacturer and get their updates and drivers? Finally does any other usb devices work?

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I have a Sony Vaio desktop machine running XP(2).
The memory card readers stopped working and are not showing on the device list.
Help - Dave

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Hi all,

Never had this problem before. My computer does not recognize ether of my cd write/readers. When I load a blank disc or a burned disc...I can hear the discs engaging (spinning) which tells me they are both fine in terms of mechanics and power. They were both working fine a day ago. I am using XP and Ashampoo Burning Studio 6 Free for ripping and burning.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Felix D.

A:CD Write/Readers Not Working

You might try MS Fixit, Optical Drives - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982116 .


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