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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    Might I suggest that you edit the subject, Catharine, for future Lounge searchers? Now, my card seems to be exactly what you have except it has the Palm brand name on it. But, it's a micro card stuck in an adapter. You can't insert the card into the adapter wrong other than by brute force and I know you would know better. It just won't slide in upside down, so I don't think that's the problem. However, as you can see in this thread ( <post:=711,808>post 711,808</post:> ) I've had a little flaky behaviour from mine a time or two. I never have had an actual hangup, rather as if the card wasn't even in the reader and then the access problems, which I seem to have solved.

    So, it seems to me that we have a hardware possibility here. Tell us about the "device" you're inserting the card into. Mine is a multi-card/floppy device attached via USB. What is yours? When you are in Windows Explorer and NO card inserted, does Explorer see the "drive" or device OK, including assignment of a drive letter? There may be a little Device Manager or Disk Management work needing to be done. BTW, mine works fine in both my XP and Vista installations, so I wouldn't think it's anything unique to Vista.

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    Invisible Memory Card (Vista)

    I've puzzled where to put this question - and I think this is the right spot.
    I just purchased the ScanDisk product you see the picture of below. But I can't get my Vista machine to "see" it. Everytime I insert it, Windows Explorer hangs. Oddly enough, it sees it if the micro portion of the card is not in the adapter (this gives me a bad feeling that I'm not inserting the micro-card correctly).
    I know the micro-card works - because I can insert it in my phone and use it.
    Any trouble shooting suggestions?
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    Its' a multi-type card reading in my Fujitsu Tablet running Vista (no service pack yet).
    Sniff, this is the first time my tablet has disappointed me...
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    So, you didn't answer my question. When you run Windows Explorer, what do you see with NO card installed? Do you see a drive letter assignment for this device?

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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    Sorry Al
    Normally, no drive letter appears
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    Re: Invisible Memory Card (Vista)

    Can you insert the same hardware into another pc and get any result?

    Are you inserting the card into the adapter after the usb part is plugged in? If so, what happens if you put the card into the adapter, the adapter into the usb reader, then plug the reader into a usb port?

    It's also possible the card is formatted in a way that Windows/Vista doesn't recognise. (I use a usb connection direct to my mobile so I can't do any comparison.)

    Are any necessary drivers for the card reader up to date?

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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    Leif may have hit upon something there about formatting of the card, but even then I would think that Explorer would complain about or warn you about unknown formatting rather than "hanging" as you put it. But, it's something you could check on.

    Now, back to my pursuit. OK, it's a built-in multi card reader and I would think as such, needs to have one or more drive letters assigned by Windows in order to deal with it in Explorer or elsewhere. See attachment for the TWO drive letters that are assigned to mine in both XP or Vista examples. In my case, I've used Disk Management to rearrange the letters to my liking. How about you? Open Disk Management and see if the device(s) are listed, without drive letters. It should be "plural devices" if it's a multi-card reader. If listed without letters, you can right-click on the left end of that bar and choose to assign letters that ought to stick from one boot to the next.

    Having said all of that, I'm not sure what you meant when you said in the first post that the adapter is "seen" if you don't put in the "card" for it. What let you know that it was seen - i.e. did a window of some kind open, or what? The more detail you can provide, the merrier the chase...
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    Re: Invisible Memory Card (Vista)

    I haven't tried inserting into another machine - I'm going to have to find another card reader slot somewhere.
    Are you inserting the card into the adapter after the usb part is plugged in? If so, what happens if you put the card into the adapter, the adapter into the usb reader, then plug the reader into a usb port?
    the multi-card reader is in the front of the machine - no plugging/unplugging
    But I have tried placing the adapter in the reader and then putting in the micro card and also assembling the whole thing and inserting.
    If the adapter is in by itself I get a view of an unlettered drive - with the whole thing in, explorer hangs.
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    No - I don't see the drive at all in disk management - with or without drive letters.
    Darn!
    I'll try and provide some screen shots tonite - I'm at a work today.
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    You may also want to check under USB devices. The built-in CD/DVD drive in my laptop can be 'disconnected' by inadvertent use of the 'Safely Remove Hardware' thingy <img src=/S/crazy.gif border=0 alt=crazy width=15 height=15>

    Another thought, although I don't know if this applies to Vista - is the 'Automatically search network folders and printers' setting; see <post:=711,091>post 711,091</post:>....

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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    If not in Disk Management, what if anything do you see for this "device" in a cruise through some of the subsets of Device Manager? We've got to find this device and see if we can see what's failing with it...

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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    Ok, here's a shot from Windows explorer - the F: drive appears for about 45 seconds and then disappears (this is when the adapter is plugged in without the micro card)
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    In device manager there are no less than 14 USB controllers listed - without indication of where/what.
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    I actually can't see anything listed that looks like the device...
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    Re: SanDisk Memory Card (Vista)

    OK. I'm guessing plugging the adapter in is detected and the system looks to see if anything is there, then gives up.
    Have you a standard (i.e. adapter) size card to test the reader with? It may be the adapter itself that is faulty....

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