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Old 12-04-2013, 11:53
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It's pretty neat that my PC actually has a slot for reading Micro SD cards directly, rather than having to use an SD card adapter to read them, only it doesn't actually work so I have to do that anyway.

Does anyone know the possible reason why, it was formerly a Windows 7 machine but I decided to install XP instead as programs I want to run depend on that. Could it be that there is no direct support for Micro SD card reading in XP and that's why my slot doesn't work?
There's lots of drives reserved in My Computer for what is probably the various slots on the front facia of the PC such as Compact Flash and XD cards, but still it isn't recognised.


Also unrelated, a 32GB micro sd card I had just suddenly stopped working with no warning, luckily I had only used it for one thing and then backed it up. I put in a Zoom recorder, recorded something and backed it up and then installed it into my Android phone but it wasn't detected, and nor was it readable in the PC or the Zoom recorder again, simply "No Card". It's now just a piece of plastic, why would that happen? Are they susceptible to static damage perhaps?
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:10
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think it could be to do with no driver installed for it
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:17
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i've never seen a micro sd card reader on a computer.

but if you have one it should appear in the device manager under disc drives.

open the device manager and look for it or any exclamation points. also go to the manufacturer's website and see if they have drivers for XP. you may well have missed a lot of drivers.

I have never seen a micro sd card fail. they are not really susceptible to shock damage. they are to static.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:21
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Is it at all possible the slot is for something else and you've confused it for a micro SD slot?
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:35
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Is it at all possible the slot is for something else and you've confused it for a micro SD slot?
Like an air vent.
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Old 12-04-2013, 12:50
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If you have gone from win 7 to XP its very likely that you have not got the correct chipset drivers or just the driver for your card reader . Open up device manager and right click any yellow markers and try updating the drivers .

Got to say its madness to try to run XP ( particularly on a modern PC ) in place of win 7 ( far to many issues now ) It looks like win 7 will be a classic operating system like XP was 10 years ago .
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Old 12-04-2013, 13:11
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Put win 7 back on. You will have to eventually find alternate programs if the devs arent supporting them anymore.
Its reality like it or not.
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Old 12-04-2013, 13:22
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the problem i have with the driver theory is that XP had pretty good native support for card readers.

but yes, going back to XP is crazy.
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:54
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Put win 7 back on. You will have to eventually find alternate programs if the devs arent supporting them anymore.
Its reality like it or not.
Windows 7 is no good for my radio broadcasting, there's no way to listen in to the mixer through Line In as the main issue.
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Old 12-04-2013, 15:59
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Windows 7 is no good for my radio broadcasting, there's no way to listen in to the mixer through Line In as the main issue.
who told you that?
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Old 12-04-2013, 16:07
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Windows 7 is no good for my radio broadcasting, there's no way to listen in to the mixer through Line In as the main issue.
That sounds (no pun intended) like either a driver issue or what is known in the trade as "finger trouble". I certainly have no issues listening to any source plugged into the Line In on either of my Widows 7 machines.

I have seen mention of not being able to record audio being streamed from the internet or whatever. It seems some machines hide the Stereo Mix option that lets you record what is being played. Or you might have to download new drivers to enable it.
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Old 12-04-2013, 16:58
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the problem i have with the driver theory is that XP had pretty good native support for card readers.

but yes, going back to XP is crazy.
It depends what you want to do with your computer doesn't it?
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Old 12-04-2013, 16:59
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That sounds (no pun intended) like either a driver issue or what is known in the trade as "finger trouble". I certainly have no issues listening to any source plugged into the Line In on either of my Widows 7 machines.

I have seen mention of not being able to record audio being streamed from the internet or whatever. It seems some machines hide the Stereo Mix option that lets you record what is being played. Or you might have to download new drivers to enable it.
It's Stereo Mix, but that can be enabled, it's the way they have designed the whole Windows audio mixer.
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Old 12-04-2013, 17:13
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It's Stereo Mix, but that can be enabled, it's the way they have designed the whole Windows audio mixer.
You mention "radio broadcasting" in a previous post. If it were me I wouldn't be using the built in mixer app on Windows for anything serious. I would be plugging up an external mixer and using that instead.

If the sound card can do full duplex then use it as a source into one of the mixer inputs and feed the mixer output back to the PC for recording. But do all the clever bits on the mixer away from Windows.
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Old 12-04-2013, 17:23
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And anyway, Windows 7 Pro comes with an XP mode you can use for software that needs to run in XP.
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Old 12-04-2013, 20:24
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Oh MAN you did all that and ruined your PC set up to get to XP for that .

In Win 7 just go to "sounds" then double click your line in properties & then go to "listen" and just tick the box "listen to this device"

Works perfectly

Genuine suggestion -- back up your data and put a proper OS back on your PC & have a read of the relevant help pages .

As a added bonus your card reader will work again !
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Old 12-04-2013, 21:37
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Have a look at this mate. It may be part of the problem.

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/934428

On my old (2006) laptop I had to mess about to get the SD slot working with some drivers and that hotfix.

However my new netbook which now has xp, works with sd cards. I honestly can't remember if I had to tweak this machine to get it to work. I think it just worked, ive looked for anything I might have downloaded to get it to work but I cant see anything.

You mention that you have various drives in my computer relating to other XD and CF cards so the drivers probably are working. Try some different cards if you have them, preferably plain low capacity SD cards not SDHC OR SDHX etc.
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Old 13-04-2013, 01:14
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As it happens Windows 7 does remain if you boot into one of the other partitions, so I CAN choose to go back to it, I just haven't done, the option to "listen to this device" sounds like it might be what I'm looking for, so thanks for that tip.
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Old 13-04-2013, 07:45
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Does the SD card reader work in win 7
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Old 18-04-2013, 21:13
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OP what did you end up doing ? did you re install win 7 and use it as I suggested in post 16 , its so easy -- or did you stay with XP and try to get drivers for your card reader ?
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