restarting memory card reader

my XP pro sp2 machine has a built in memory card reader. when i use the 'Safely Remove Hardware' function after reading a card it leavers the card reader dead. is there any way to wake up the reader without rebooting?
alk444Asked:
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Well, yes and no to the "safely remove" here.   Technically, you should always do a "safely remove" when inserting/removing removeable mass storage class devices.   However, with permanently mounted USB devices that can be a problem, as you've seen ==> so I'd just use the "think carefully about the state" approach.   If you've only read from the device, you can easily just remove it any time.   If you've modified (written data, deleted files, etc.) the removeable device, just be SURE you don't have anything open that's focused on it -- Windows Explorer, a photo program, Word, Excel, etc.   As long as nothing's "using" it, thus there's no chance of a deferred write action, it's fine to just unplug it without a "safely remove."   Safely Remove is a good idea -- it means what it says:  XP will ensure it's "safe" to remove it.   But it doesn't mean you'll cause damage if you don't do it.   Kinda like wearing your seat belt -- a good layer of protection, but doesn't mean you'll have an accident.

Since your question indicates you are doing the safely remove "... after reading a card ..." it seems you're not doing any modifications to them.   If that's the case, you definitely do NOT need to do the "Safely Remove."

If ever in doubt, I'd play it safe and do a Safely Remove and just suffer the reboot.
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shankshankCommented:
goto device manager Then do a refresh from teh toolbar, it will redetect everything
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alk444Author Commented:
device manager shows USB Mass Storage Device with a yellow ! on it. toolbar doesn't have 'refresh'. i tried 'scan for hardware changes', but that didn't help.
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shankshankCommented:
that's not good. try rebooting, and see if the yellow exclaimation goes away. if it doesn;t, get the proper drivers for the reader, uninstall it and reinstall it.
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alk444Author Commented:
yes, rebooting cures it, but my question is how to restart it without rebooting. i have a lot of stuff running and would normally only reboot once a week.
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jamietonerCommented:
you dont need to use the safely remove hardware feature on a media reader(all flash media i have every used was hot swappable). at least it is in my external usb media reader which should function the same as an internal one.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
... meant to end the 1st paragraph with "... doesn't mean you'll have an accident if you don't wear it."
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