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Card Reader/Writer

by Walt H / November 8, 2004 7:35 AM PST

I have a Dazzle 8-in-1 card reader/writer. When my OS was Win 98SE, I installed the software and was able to use the "writer" function of this item. Now I'm using WinXP SP2 which does NOT require the driver installation to READ cards, however I cannot use the "writer" function (presumably because the software is NOT installed). I really need to use the "writer" function but I wonder if installing the software will cause trouble with my WinXP SP2 system.

Has anyone running Win XP SP2 installed software for a card reader/writer with no problems from your XP SP2 system?

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Re: Card Reader/Writer
by rgfitz / November 8, 2004 9:38 AM PST
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I use a Viking Intelliflash USB 6-in-1 Memory Reader for reading camera cards and writing to cards used to transfer files to my laptop with no trouble at all. The interesting thing is that when I right-click on one of the Reader drives in My Computer, I can click "eject" and remove the card after the LED next to the card slot goes out.

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Re: Card Reader/Writer
by Walt H / November 8, 2004 10:01 AM PST
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Are you running WinXP SP2? Since XP does NOT require driver installation for the card readers, did you install the Win 99 drivers to get the "writer" function of the card reader?

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Re: Card Reader/Writer
by rgfitz / November 8, 2004 11:44 AM PST
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I am running Windows XP SP2 but now that I think of it, I did not run any software to install the Reader/Writer...it worked out of the box.

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Re: Card Reader/Writer
by Stan Chambers / November 8, 2004 11:51 AM PST
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Check the Mfg. website for driver compatibility, or an updated driver for Win XP. Drivers are constantly be updated to accomodate the the newer operating systems.
I would also try installing the driver which came with the card. You can uninstall if it doesn't agree with XP.

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Re: Card Reader/Writer
by Walt H / November 8, 2004 12:10 PM PST
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I'm trying to repair a smartmedia card using the card reader/writer and the smprep.exe program (which is installed when you install the drivers)? This is what I"m trying to do. I've done this before when I had Win 98SE, but since WinXP doesn't require the driver installation, I'm trying to figure a way to do the same thing on WinXP.

I need to use the smprep.exe program which is only installed when you install the drivers. How can I do this running Win XP SP2 since it does not need the driver installation.

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What is the purpose of the writer feature
by mustang3 / August 26, 2005 2:37 PM PDT
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Its it worth spending more money for? I have looked on ebay at a umpteen zillion today and could kick myself in the butt for not buying the very first on I put in '''watch this item" box. It is gone now. but it was the only one I saw that was an 8 in 1 Sandisk card reader that read both flash and sd and also came with a 256 sandisk memory sd card. for a penny pluss $26.00 postang but I think it was worth it.

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