SD Card Not Working When Inserted Into Computer
Posted 05 April 2009 - 10:04 PM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 04:42 AM
Of course, we can still try to help, but trying multiple paths does not hurt.
Have you looking in the Device Manager (under XP...and what ever its equivalent is in Vista) and looked to see if there are any yellow question marks or exclamation points next to the items for the card reader or optical drive?
Posted 06 April 2009 - 05:25 AM
On a laptop with a built in SD card reader, it may show up differently. In Vista the device manager is found by clicking Start -> Control Panel -> System & Maintenance and in that window down toward the bottom under Device Manager, click on "View Hardware and Devices". In the list of devices, you should see this:
The driver is in Windows and is dated summer of 2006.
The next question is are you sure that the SD card is a good one? If the card was removed from a device while it was on and active, the static charge could have destroyed it, just as in any flash drive. Do you have another reader that you can put the card into? If you do and it is good, you may have other problems. You have indicated a serious problem with your XP installation in that the optical drive does not work, yet does in Vista which indicates a software problem.
Another question is, Is this a new problems with the card reader?
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:44 AM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:59 AM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:13 PM
Which BIOS version is installed on your Inspiron? Version A17 is available for the e1505 running Vista. It may fix your problem, but if you decide to flash your BIOS, follow the instructions exactly to the letter.
There is also a Ricoh R5C832 Chipset driver update for Vista on Dell's site, which may fix your problem without having to update your BIOS.
Go to Dell's Support Site, click on Drivers & Downloads, enter Windows Vista in the Operating System option box, and look for updates which may apply to your laptop's new OS.
Posted 06 April 2009 - 12:22 PM
Posted 06 April 2009 - 11:06 PM
Posted 07 April 2009 - 04:11 AM
If you laptop is that old, it must have come with XP and that is the reason that Vista doesn't recognize it. If you can't find a driver for it from Dell, then an external card reader that uses the USB port may be the way you want to go. I have two (older one does not recognize SDHC) that I got at Sam's, but here is one from Newegg. They have others as well, including a white version of this one.
Posted 07 April 2009 - 10:28 AM