CF reader now states inserted card not formatted (wrongly)

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Roger Moss, Dec 18, 2005.

  1. Roger Moss

    Roger Moss Guest

    After using a Belkin USB CF reader for some time with no problems, it now
    informs me that any card inserted is not formatted. I've removed and then
    reinstalled the drivers, and the LED indicator on the drive suggests that
    all is functioning correctly - is this our old friend XP (+SP2) screwing
    things up once again?

    Constructive suggestions, please.

    Roger Moss, Dec 18, 2005
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    Scott Chapin Guest

    Probably not an OS problem, especially if your camera sees the card. Belkin
    makes great cables and such, but I don't trust anything they produce that
    has Windows drivers. I had a Belkin USB to RS232 converter and guess what?
    It rarely worked properly. I had a Belkin USB wireless unit and guess what?
    It didn't work properly.

    CF card readers are inexpensive. Get another (non-Belkin) one.

    Scott Chapin
    Scott Chapin, Dec 18, 2005
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    Henry Guest

    sounds like a fault in the reader, not an OS problem.
    Henry, Dec 18, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    I doubt it's an XP/SP2 problem; it would have always been flakey if it
    Why does the Belkin reader need drivers? XP has the drivers built in
    for card readers. I'd suspect the reader; they're cheap, get another,
    one that will work out of the box with XP (just about any currently
    marketed USB reader).
    Bill Funk, Dec 18, 2005
  5. Roger Moss

    Roger Moss Guest

    To be honest, I got a Belkin unit as I've always thought their cables, etc.,
    were pretty rugged and assumed that a simple card reader ought to be
    similarly bomb-proof.

    But... if I take out the cable from it and connect directly to my camera
    body, all transfers with no problems - albeit a bit slowly. I'll try using
    the XP driver before assuming the reader is a basket case, as it's pretty
    new and has never even been out on the road. I'll also try it on my notebook
    PC; if it works on that, well...

    Thanks for the responses!

    Roger Moss, Dec 18, 2005
  6. Have the camera reformat the card after you've downloaded the next batch
    of photos. Longish shot, but might do it.

    John McWilliams
    John McWilliams, Dec 18, 2005
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    Scott Chapin Guest

    Indeed, and most probably the drivers and not the hardware.

    Scott Chapin
    Scott Chapin, Dec 18, 2005
  8. Roger Moss

    Scott Chapin Guest


    That's why I went with Belkin, until two USB items of theirs had crappy

    Good Luck,

    Scott Chapin
    Scott Chapin, Dec 18, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    Did the instructions that came with the Belkin reader tell you to
    install drivers for WinXP? Or did you simply install them because they
    were there?
    If the latter, yes, remove them.
    If the former, replace the Belkin reader; they obviously don't know
    what they are doing. Everyone else can build a reader that needs no
    other drivers than those in XP.
    Bill Funk, Dec 18, 2005
  10. Roger Moss

    Roger Moss Guest

    Well, maybe we shouldn't jump to conclusions - the unit works fine on my
    notebook, and - surprise, surprise - my old USB1.1 card reader shows the
    same problem on my main machine as the Belkin unit. I pop in a card
    containing images, only to be told it's not formatted.

    I checked the Belkin install disk, which despite the Install Driver menu
    item doesn't seem to contain a driver at all; maybe it simply checks that
    the native Win XP driver is there. Anyhow, my guess is that the driver is
    corrupt, but I may be wrong - now all I need to do is figure out how to
    replace it (bearing in mind I have SP2 installed, so that rules out the
    original Windows install disk... we'll see.

    Strange, never had this problem with film :)

    Stay tuned...

    Roger Moss, Dec 18, 2005
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    Dave Cohen Guest

    Dave Cohen, Dec 18, 2005
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    Bill Funk Guest

    Please, try another reader.
    I've never heard of an install disk that was designed to check to see
    if XP has a driver installed; MS is pretty decent about letting device
    makers know which drivers are there, so the makers can make devices
    that work; it's to MS's benefit to do this.
    Again: did the instructions tell you to use an install disk with XP?
    If so, Belkin is suspect, as other USB readers don't need to do this.
    Bill Funk, Dec 18, 2005
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    Scott Chapin Guest

    Are there any yellow bang marks in your device drivers?

    Scott Chapin
    Scott Chapin, Dec 18, 2005
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    tomcas Guest

    Look down inside the reader slot and check for bent pins.
    tomcas, Dec 20, 2005
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