Troubleshooting the Memory Card Reader
Getting Started (features vary by model)
If you are having problems reading from or writing to a memory card, try the following:
Some cards have a read/write or security switch on the card. Make sure that the
read/write switch is set to Write Enabled before attempting to write data to the card.
Make sure that the amount of data that you want to store is not larger than the storage
limit of the memory card.
Make sure that the memory card is one of the supported types: CompactFlash
Type I and II, Microdrive, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Pro, MultiMediaCard, Secure
Digital, SmartMedia, or xD media.
Make sure that the memory card is fully inserted into the correct slot.
Remove the memory card when the activity light is not blinking, and shine a flashlight
into the empty slot. If any of the pins are bent, replace the memory card reader, or
have the computer serviced if a pin is touching another pin. To straighten slightly bent
pins, use the tip of a fine-point retracted ballpoint pen with the computer off.
Inspect the ends of the memory cards for anything that could be blocking a proper
connection. Clean the contacts with a lint-free cloth and small amounts of alcohol.
Replace the memory card, if necessary.
The memory card reader is a device that uses the Safely Remove Hardware task. This
appears as a taskbar icon next to the time. Do not click Stop in the Safely Remove
Hardware window. Doing so disconnects the drive. If this happens, restart
Do not insert or remove memory cards when the activity light is blinking. Doing so
may cause data loss, or it may permanently damage the card reader.
Format a memory card before you use it. See "Formatting a Memory Card."