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#1 User is offline   derbyrach 

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:21 PM

Hello!
I have a paraktica camera and used it to take some great photographs of my daughters party. However i can not seem to be able to get the memory card to work on my pc.

When i put it in the memory card slot on my pc nothing happens at all.

I don't think there is anything wrong with the memory card as it worked fine on my friends pc. Also all the other memory cards we have in our phones are working fine on our pc.

Does anybody know what i can do about this?

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 01:46 PM

Hey derbyrach!!



Welcome to PCWorld Community!!



OK, what kind of media card is it. I will enumerate a few:



SD.................................Secure Digital

MS................................Memory Stick

MS/Pro..........................Memory Stick / Pro

SM................................Smart Media

MMC..............................MultiMediaCard

XD..................................Picture Card.

!http://forums.pcworld.com/legacyimages/
1!



Is it something like one of these.



Another question , Does your PC's Media Card Reader support

The Media Card you are trying to read.





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#3 User is offline   Tech4me 

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 03:21 PM

Hi [~153234] . Sometime Pc just playing lazy...Here ...try this...:

1/ Click START........

2/ CLK..COMPUTER OR MY COMPUTER ( in XP).....You will see something like this...:

!http://forums.pcworld.com/legacyimages/
1! Now...DOUBLE CLICK ON MEMORY STICK TO OPEN.....Have fun.
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#4 User is offline   coastie65 

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Posted 18 May 2008 - 05:49 PM

Hey Flashorn, The computer should recognize the card if it isn't real old ( over 4 years ). You know, I've card readers in my photo smart printer and the PC and have not even tried those things. I have been using the usb cable from the camera to the computer. coastie
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 05:56 PM

[~50619]. For some reasons It happens to me quite often......I have to go into the drive to open it.. and most of them are NEW memory sticks...and It still happens.
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Posted 18 May 2008 - 06:46 PM

Hey coastie!!



Yes, I also agree but , there are some that need an adapter,

where you have to slip in that micro card . My youngest , not to long ago,

used my notebook to read a card . unfortunately she didn't use the adapter

that DID come with the card and slipped it in to my card reader and got stuck.

I had to use a pair of needle nose to get at it.

I was not amused!!!!



The member did not mention what kind of card he or she was using so,

maybe the PC's reader does not support that specific kind of card.



OR it could well be that you just have to go in the My Computer and

activate it , like Tech4me said.





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Posted 18 May 2008 - 10:59 PM

The card is an SD memory card.

We have no problem reading any other memory cards and this type of card has worked previously in this pc.

When i go into 'my computer' there is no bit that says 'memory stick' but i think it is caled removable disk f but when i double click this still nothing happens. ? ? ? ?

Thanks to everyone who has tried to help so far.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 12:02 AM

derbyrach... There are two kinds of SD memory cards... SD and SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) . The SDHC are newer, and hold over 2GB of data. If the card you are trying to read is an SDHC (it should say which it is on the card), and your computer's SD card reader is more than a year or two old, it may not be able to read SDHC media. If the card you're trying to read is SDHC, you have a couple of options... You could check your computer manufacturer's support website to see if there's a firmware update for your card reader, or you could buy a USB SDHC compatible card reader for as little as $10. Another thought... With the unreadable card still in the camera, can you plug your camera into one of your computer's USB ports and download the images from it?
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 05:13 AM

Thanks mcbarker

It is a SDHC and my pc is getting on for 3 years old now.

When i purchased the card i wondered what the 'hc' bit meant..

After clicking on the 'removable disk F' icon it has started saying the following

"F;/ is not accessible. The request could not be performed because of an I/O error"

I haven't a clue wht that means but i am assuming i will not be able to use it on my PC.

The pc it workes on is a new one so that must be the problem.

Is a card reader something that goesinto the USB port so i can insert the memory card in there? I do have aUSB cable but would have preferred to be able to just pop in the card.

Many thanks for the help and advise.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 06:59 AM

I think the USB cable is your best (least expensive) and quickest (on hand) option. One thing I would not do is delete the photos from the card while it is connected to the computer.

Another option sometimes is if you have a newer Photo type printer that has memory card slots, you can sometimes use that as a backup card reader. I defitely would not delete photos from the card while it is in the printer.

While it may be a hassle to delete photos when the card is in the camera, there have been some inconsistencies in reading this card on this one computer. Since your other computer apparently reads the card fine, I would use it to delete the photos if there are more than just a few.

This would also be a good time to make sure you have backups of all your photos. That is one of the things people lament the most with a disc failure is that the had all their photos on it and no backups. Burning a CD of all the photos won't take long and if you do it on a regular basis, you will have several backups. I never delete the photos on a camera card until after the copies on the computer are backed up.

Both my cameras are older and use the CF cards. My new laptop has a build in SD card reader. :(
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 07:20 AM

Hi derbyrach... Sounds like your computer's onboard SD card reader isn't SDHC compatible. The USB card readers I mentioned just plug into any USB port (preferably a USB 2 port, but should work with USB1... just slower). In fact, the last couple of cards I bought, Kingston 4GB SDHC cards, each came with their own free reader. It's just a small card holder, not much bigger than the card, with a USB connector at the end (no wires). I just plug it into a USB slot, and load the images onto my hard drive. I'm not sure which software you use, but I don't think that should be a problem.
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Posted 19 May 2008 - 11:18 AM

To add to what the others have said, some cameras will include a USB cable for downloading directly from the camera with out having to remove the memory card. Once downloaded to the computer you can then do whatever editing you want to do. coastie65
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