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Old Jan 24, 2010, 3:26 PM   #1
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Default Lexmar Works - SanDisk Does not -need help

I just purchased a new Nikon COOLPIX S750 Digital Camera and purchased (2) SanDisk 4 GB Memory cards. I put one in the camera and take pictures, remove the card and put in my Sony Vaio Desktop SD drive and it will not open and gives me an Input Device error.

I remove the Sandisk card out of the camera and insert my old Lexmar 256 MB memory card out of my old KodaK Easy Share, take some pictures, remove the card and put in my SD drive on the computer and it works fine. I tried another new SanDisk 4 GB card and it does the same, will work in the camera but will not work in my SD drive on my computer but the Lexmar works great. I am using Windows XP Home version operating systems.

Can someone tell me why the Lexmar works and the SanDisk does not and I should, I take back the camera or the memory cards?

Thanks for the help.

Paul
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Old Jan 24, 2010, 3:40 PM   #2
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It's probably your card reader.

Many card readers will not work with Secure Digital cards larger than 1GB (since the original SD 1.0 specifications only allowed for 1GB maximum Secure Digital cards). Even more card readers will not work with Secure Digital Cards larger than 2GB (since the Secure Digital 1.1 specification only allowed for 2GB size).

In order to read larger capacity SDHC cards, you need a card reader that specifically supports SDHC cards (i.e., meets the SD 2.0 or newer specifications).

Chances are, your Sony's card reader is the problem.

You may want to check Sony's web site and see if they've issued some type of update for your reader that allows it to read newer SDHC cards.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/sel...VER&PRODTYPE=1

If not, your best bet is to buy a USB card reader that supports SDHC (and make sure it specifically supports SDHC). They're relatively inexpensive now (you can usually find them for under $10 if you shop around).

Here are some readers at newegg.com:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&name=External

Here's one that supports SDHC (the SD 2.0 specification) for $5.99 plus $2.99 shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223087

You can also find inexpensive multi-card type readers supporting SDHC cards. Here's one example for $9.99 with free shipping (and if you scroll through the card readers there, you'll find lots of inexpensive readers).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820162020
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Old Jan 24, 2010, 4:36 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim, you were dead on. I took the cards over to the office where I have a new computer and they ran perfectly. My computer at home where I am having the trouble is about 6 to 8 years old and it must have one of the limited readers in it.

I went and got a cheap reader and everything works great. Thanks Jim for the help, I was about to rag out not believing I purchased a new camera, new memory cards and could not download them onto my computer.

You made my day, again, thanks so much.

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It's probably your card reader.

Many card readers will not work with Secure Digital cards larger than 1GB (since the original SD 1.0 specifications only allowed for 1GB maximum Secure Digital cards). Even more card readers will not work with Secure Digital Cards larger than 2GB (since the Secure Digital 1.1 specification only allowed for 2GB size).

In order to read larger capacity SDHC cards, you need a card reader that specifically supports SDHC cards (i.e., meets the SD 2.0 or newer specifications).

Chances are, your Sony's card reader is the problem.

You may want to check Sony's web site and see if they've issued some type of update for your reader that allows it to read newer SDHC cards.

http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/sel...VER&PRODTYPE=1

If not, your best bet is to buy a USB card reader that supports SDHC (and make sure it specifically supports SDHC). They're relatively inexpensive now (you can usually find them for under $10 if you shop around).

Here are some readers at newegg.com:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...&name=External

Here's one that supports SDHC (the SD 2.0 specification) for $5.99 plus $2.99 shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820223087

You can also find inexpensive multi-card type readers supporting SDHC cards. Here's one example for $9.99 with free shipping (and if you scroll through the card readers there, you'll find lots of inexpensive readers).

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820162020
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Great. Also keep in mind that if all else fails, you can connect your camera to your PC via a USB cable to transfer your images (using the cable that came with the camera for that purpose). Sometimes you'll need the manufacturer's software though (see your camera's user guide for more information on system requirements).
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Old Jan 24, 2010, 5:11 PM   #5
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Yes, Jim I at least figured this much out and downloaded the pictures using the USB cable and the software CD they supplied me but I wanted the memory card portability and thanks to you I now have this.

Thanks for being here for guys like me, I appreciate you more than you will ever know.

Have A Great Week, I will now, thanks to you.

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Great. Also keep in mind that if all else fails, you can connect your camera to your PC via a USB cable to transfer your images (using the cable that came with the camera for that purpose). Sometimes you'll need the manufacturer's software though (see your camera's user guide for more information on system requirements).
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No problem. Share some photos from it if you get a chance. You'll find a friendly community of members here.

You may also want to check the link in my first post to see if Sony has updates for your computer's built in card reader. Sometimes you'll find downloadable firmware updates for older built in card readers that patches them to work with SDHC cards.
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Also please note that many computer manufactures have posted firmware updates to allow older card readers to handle HC cards. I figured this out when I put a new sdhc card into my old Dell and it would not read, you can probably go out to the support area and get the download.
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