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Windows 7 won't recognize sim card (in reader)

by pintree3 / April 27, 2012 4:30 AM PDT

On my PC there is a card reader connected. It shows up as 4 different drives when I look at "My Computer" and elsewhere. One of the slots in the reader is for sim cards. When a sim card is inserted a Windows sound is heard and the "Installing Device Driver" window shows up but then another window stating the installation was not successful. Any further action from within windows does not solve the problem. I tried an external card reader connected via USB and the same negative results. this was tried with 3 different sim cards. Any solutions out there?

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Do you by chance mean
by Jimmy Greystone / April 27, 2012 7:35 AM PDT

Do you by chance mean SD Card instead of SIM card? SIM cards are for GSM cell phones and tablets, so while I don't exactly make it a point to keep up with these things, it would be news to me that there is a sudden rush of devices to read SIM cards. And given how little data they tend to store, I'd be a bit baffled as to why you'd WANT to read the SIM card on a PC.

Now if you mean SD cards, that would be a whole other story, but before I get too far ahead of myself, I want to verify you meant SD card or something else besides SIM card, or at least get some idea of what you're planning to do with a device to read SIM cards.

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sim card reader/manager
by pintree3 / April 27, 2012 12:41 PM PDT
In reply to: Do you by chance mean

Thanks for trying to help. Yes, I do mean a sim card and not an HD card. it appears that what I may need is a sim card reader/manager. As to your being baffled as to why I may need it, here's my response. Considering that there is a lot of hardware and software to do just that, I would assume there is actually a need for it. I mean I did mention my PC does actually has one, so.... Happy Anyhow, in my case, here's the reason why I need it.
I had a phone many years ago and many of my contacts were actually written to that sim card (not the phone). I then switched to an iPhone and used that same card. I move country buy a new PC install iTunes, get ready to back up my iphone (including contacts) and what does iTunes do? it deletes all of my contacts (now why would it do that? Why would it not warn me?) Anyhow, I am having a hard time finding out how to restore my contacts, since no backup exists, (Do you know how? If yes I'd appreciate your advice.). Assuming I can't restore my backups from the cell phone I am hoping to be able to at least get the ones on my sim card.

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