Win 7 doesn't recognise existing card readers

  ian3 17:33 06 Dec 2009

Just upgraded to W 7 Ultimate from Vista Home Premium and no problems so far till today (did check compatibility before buying). Tried to download photos from XD card but PC doesn't show any of the usual three card drives (tried SD as well). USB slots adjoining both work.

Would appreciate any suggestions

  a member 18:15 06 Dec 2009

my guess is driver problems ,possibly corrupted during install , I have windows 7 ,on 3 machines including Ultimate 64bit ,home premium 32bit and UltimateN in 32bit and every reader , (4) external drive ,printer camera ,etc. are all recognised (and correctly displayed)
I would check the usb section in device manager , and if nessesary uninstall the usb drivers ,windows will reinstall the correct ones on restart automatically .
you say windows is not showing them ,do you mean (in explorer) via my computer . or are they simply not triggering autorun.
if windows is not showing them try another usb port ,on the back instead of front . as a last resort you could run the windows 7 installation disc and choose repair option.

  ian3 22:13 06 Dec 2009

Thanks, I'll give the suggestions a try.

you say windows is not showing them ,do you mean (in explorer) via my computer YES

  PAC1 23:13 08 Dec 2009

Had same problem.
Go to Folder options in control panel.
Just below 'Show hidden Files, Folders and Drives' it says 'Hide empty drives in the computer folder'. Untick box and click apply. Drives should now be visible in My Computer. Hope this helps.

  ian3 13:36 09 Dec 2009

Hi Guys

Good news. Not what I thought it was - I decided to open up the pc and I pulled out the connector to the back of the card readers. Left it for a few minutes and plugged it back. Reconnected everything, switched on and it re installed the drivers automatically and I now have my three card readers up and running. It may be that W7 did create the problem but then again perhaps the connection was loose?

Many thanks to you both for your interest and suggestions

  RGB76 13:43 09 Dec 2009

Many thanks Pac1,

I had that same problem, your suggestion worked a treat.

Kind regards


  Technocrate 07:41 14 Apr 2010

If anytime any of the hardware given in your laptop does not gets recognized by an operating system then the easiest way to solve this problem is to uninstall them so that your OS installs new drivers for your hardwares. You can use Mouse to do the following steps.

* Click "Start", type in Device Manager the Search bar and press "Enter". Click Continue if necessary.
* In Device Manager, double click to expand "Universal Serial Bus controllers", right click on the "Host Controller", click "Uninstall" and click "OK".
* Repeat the step 2 to uninstall all items under "Universal Serial Bus controllers". Now restart your computer and Windows Vista will reinstall all USB controllers automatically.

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