Multicard Reader Not Reading
Posted on 2009-04-17
I have an HPm1180n with Windows MCE 2002 SP3 which came with a multicard reader.
The drives corresponding to each media card format (e.g. CF, SD, etc.) show up in My Computer as 'Removeable Media Drives I: through L:.
When an SD card is inserted, the LED comes on, on the multicard reader, to indicate that it (appears) to be reading, however, nothing happens. Light stays on, no app starts, selecting any of the multicard reader's slots simply shows 'Please insert a disk into ...' even when there is one in there which triggered the LED to come on.
There doesn't appear to be anything wrong with the media card itself since I can insert it into a small USB cardreader 'stick' (e.g. Sandisk) and upload it to other computers.
In the past, the HPm1180n would also recognize the Nikon D80 camera when it was connected via USB cable. Now it no longer does.
I don't have any problems with any other USB related components connected to the computer. It's almost as though the problem is related specifically to the reading/recognizing of flashcard media (this doesn't make a lot of sense to me but it's how it appears).
The photos are recorded either on a Canon or Nikon camera, both of which have recorded images on the same media type in the past which have been able to be read on this computer via the USB cardreader 'stick'.
Now it seems neither the multicard reader nor the USB media stick are recognized as having an SD card when it's loaded into the computer.
At best the operation of the built-in card reader has been flaky from the start but I suspect more driver related issues than hardware at this point.
Some help in troubleshooting this would be appreciated.
ps. I'll be away from the computer for the next few hours but will check back in on my return.