[TOOLS] USB SD-card reader (for camera) - making it work

Subject: [TOOLS] USB SD-card reader (for camera) - making it work
From: mlist -at- safenet-inc -dot- com
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Wed, 31 May 2006 16:28:12 -0400

Hey all.

This had me stumped overnight, so maybe it'll help others.

I acquired a new digital camera, and began using it for
product shots and how-to illustrations (the company
camera is a clunky old thing that gathers dust on a
shelf here in the office). Since direct cable connect
from camera to my PC's USB port was slow and used up
camera battery, I bought a little SD card reader.

I plugged it in, slapped in the SD card and watched
while it didn't work. Windows XP on a Dell Optiplex.
I'd get a new drive letter appearing, followed
immediately by a request to insert the media. The
medium was already inserted, and no amount of inserting
and ejecting, plugging and unplugging, and even rebooting
would make Windows show me what was on that SD card.

I booted into Linux, and it worked like a charm. OK,
so the problem is not the reader or the card.

It wasn't until I took the thing to a co-worker,
and it worked on her machine, that I acquired a clue.

On her machine, the system opened two new removable
drives, one for each of two slots in the reader.

Back at my machine, the problem became obvious. I had
a bunch of physical drives using up letters of the
alphabet, then a gap at "F:", then some mapped network
drives, starting at "G:". Aha!

As soon as I disconnected the "G:" network link, freeing
up that letter, Windows was able to open two SEQUENTIAL
removable drives for the card reader (F: and G:).
Windows is not smart enough to open one, then skip to
the next available letter of the alphabet.

So, if something like that ever happens to you, now
you know. Probably most of you already knew, but
it was a new one for me.


Kevin (now up to his armpits in photos)

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