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Compact Flash does not show up in Windows Explorer

Posted on 2004-08-28
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I run XP with SP2 on a homemade machine and it works fine.

I just bought my first digital camera (Canon S410) and a San Disk card reader (Image Mate SDDR-91).  The reader will not appear in Explorer.  If I dig around in Device Manager, it recognizes it, but viewing contents is almost impossible.  I once dug thru several properties screens and somehow got the pictures to show up in Shared Documents, from where I copied them to my HD.

How do I make it appear in Explorer?
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by:philanderson
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A little more info.  If I take the CF card out of the reader and put it back in, it will show up as "Shared Documents on Home" where Home is the name of my machine in a small in-home network.  Plugging or unplugging the reader does nothing.
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Cyber-Dude earned 500 total points
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Good for you (building a PC on your own)... But at first I would suspect the USB connector. Try to connect any printer like or scanner to verify the operability of the ports. Also, please try to update the USB drivers for propper installation. By default, the USB connector version 2.0 is not configured thus you have to operate it by scanning for new drivers. I think this might be helpful...
Anyway, the USB flash should appear as an extra storage device you may navigate it through your explorer application.

Please let me know how it went...

Cyber
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by:philanderson
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I am not sure how this helps.  The reader is recognized in Device Manager, and reported as working properly there.  It just will not show up in Explorer.  To me, that says the reader and the USB port and connector are OK, but something is wrong with XP.

Anyway, I swapped the reader with the port for my Canon scanner.  Both made the right noise when I disconnected a USB device, and the corresponding noise when I plugged them back in to each other's ports.  The scanner went through the usual install process that occurs when hardware is found on a new USB port, and the card reported that it did not install properly, as has happened before.

San Disk says there is no installing to be done and provides drivers only for Windows98.  All newer Windows systems should recognize this reader, it says.
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OK, I feel more than a little silly here.  I went into TweakUI to work on a different problem (Music CDs will not AutoPlay upon insertion), and found that I had elected not to display any drive letter above F.  This meant that the new G drive could not be shown.  I thought I had checked this earlier, perhaps in Control Panel, but it seems the TweakUI settings were the ones that controlled.  I made the change and solved the problem.

Oh well, this caused me to do some other housekeeping on this machine, including updating various drivers, so the experience was not a total loss.  Cyber-Dude's answer did not solve the problem, but I will award the points anyway in order to close out this string.
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