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SD Card Reader on Windows Vista RC1

, posted: 25-Sep-2006 08:32

As there are quite a few laptop from pre-2005 era, that may have some difficulty when trying to run Windows Vista beta. One of the few is the well-known ATI Mobility Radeon 9200 on most 2004 laptop, like my Compaq X1030AP (or HP nx7010/nx7000)... and I trust that there are a handful of other ATI MR chip difficulties too. Anyhow, We pretty much got that "sorted" as described in this forum post [Vista on Compaq Presario x1030AP]. BUT What about the SD Card reader? I discovered that Vista will allow you to install XP's driver, with warning. Which mean, most of the driver for the older hardware "should" install fine, as they will be installed as User Mode driver (which is a safer approach to move everything away from Kernel Mode driver). So for the likes of me using Compaq x1030AP which has Winbond SD Card reader, you will need to apply this SoftPaq from HP's site. Winbond SD Card Reader Software. Just download it and install as per on Windows XP/2000. As for NX7010/NX7000 users, I have tried searching on HP's site for the SD Card reader driver, it seems they don't have it listed. From the specification, NX7010.NX7000 is an HP's branded of Compaq x1030AP, so I'm pretty confident that you can try using Compaq's driver on it. AS LONG AS IT IS A WINBOND SD CARD READER. So good luck!





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Author's note by chiefie, on 27-Sep-2006 11:18

Oh! Last night when I did an installation for Vista Pre-RTM build 5728, I discovered that SoftPaq does not want to install as it complained it cannot find the OS Version. A workaround is to use manual driver update, and point to the folder where SoftPaq has extracted the content to (you do know where that is located, right?)

So once again, good luck and enjoy.

p/s: 5728 is speedy! But for some reason, it causes my poor x1030AP not to hibernate properly. Haven't tried sleep mode.


Author's note by chiefie, on 27-Sep-2006 11:25

Oh!

A bit of correction to my blog post.

It appears that when installing the old Windows XP ATi driver into Vista, we are actually installing "Kernel Mode" driver. The new "User Mode" driver will only be available if ATi continues to develop driver for older graphic chipsets. The new "User Mode" graphics driver is also known as Longhorn Display Driver Model (LDDM), which is renamed to Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM). Sorry for the confusion in the above post. To understand better, have a read at [Vista graphics drivers to be more stable than XP drivers, ATI says] which is dated to 22 Septembr 2005.


Comment by Juerg Weilenmann, on 25-Nov-2006 10:22

I successfully installed the Winbond SD driver for WindowsXP from SoftPaq 24430 to Windows Vista RC1 (build 5600) on my Compaq nx7010 as described by "chiefie" using the "wbsd.inf" rather than "setup.exe"
The drive will format my 2GB SD-Card down to 950MB, but then works fine.

So thanks!


Author's note by chiefie, on 25-Nov-2006 13:12

Awesome Juerg! Glad to hear you got it installed fine, but isn't it a bit weird that it only formats to 950MB?! Is it format using FAT32? Another worthwhile experiment is to use a Flash format application. I used one for my Flash drive, however I did not try on SD card as I don't have any Flash drive/device over 512MB.

Good Luck!


Comment by Zep, on 6-Dec-2006 16:05

Hi!my SD card reader died!!!I need to know where can I buy the new one??please help me!!my location in Manukau City So which shop nearest with me....other wise....anyone who have a free one can sale it for me....please send an email to me.....thanks


Author's note by chiefie, on 6-Dec-2006 16:50

you can get a SD-USB reader from FlashCards.co.nz which can act as an USB flash drive.


Comment by Lilly, on 20-Oct-2010 14:17

Well , My aunt stepped on my SD card reader , and now I can't live without one , is there anyway I can make my computer read my SD card without an SD card reader? I'm short on money right now and I just can't wait ; Please help me :/


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