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Internal Card Reader stopped working on my Dell XPS 8900 Desktop

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#1 sleepy24siete


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Posted 16 July 2017 - 10:05 PM

I'm running Windows 10, it was working fine, but all of a sudden stop working and I read a bunch of things to do by just searching on Google.  At first I was getting a drive f directory name is invalid and after moving a bunch of things after reading those google post, the drives that were part of the card readers now just read the letters and it now says USB drive and it looks like it hidden like transparent please help ?

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#2 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 04:50 PM

The first thing to do is to go into Device manager and see (1) if the card reader is listed there, and, (2) see if it has a yellow exclamation mark or a red cross against it.


If it is listed but has either mark against it double click on it to bring up its Properties panel. then click on the Drivers tab and then 'Uninstall drivers'. If yu get an option to delete the drivers do NOT delete them, you just want to uninstall them. Then back out and re-boot the computer. When it re-boots the drivers should re-install themselves. See if your card reader is now working.


If you cannot get the card reader to work this way you can always use an external USB card reader. These are available to read everything from MicroSD all the way up to the now obsolete 'Compact Flash' and usually a combination of different sizes. These are quite cheap and fairly widely available, you may even find them in the larger supermarkets.


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