Having issues while making sd gecko.

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  1. Alex S
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    (ISSUE FIXED NOW)

    I started building one and it seems all the wiring is correct but it wont read the card. Any help would be aprreciated on this :P here is an image of the card for reference :

    Card with issue
    Finished Card with trimmed wires

    Thanks In Advance for the help ^-^
    (ISSUE FIXED NOW)

    to anyone reading this, i would reccomend just making your own as mine turned out wonderfully and all i had to do was trim the top of my wires to make it work :3 (also making your own is free if you have some spare wires and solder ^u^)
     
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    Am i blind or how is the memory card slot supposed to read with all the pads soldered too>

    Like how is the back pins supposed to connect with all those wires in the way>
     
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    you soldered them directly to the pads, of course it wouldnt read ;-;
     
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    Might as well just buy a 5 dollar one on ebay.. You can even get them shipped from US sellers. Mine arrived in 2 days, and i got one of the Mac Book shortening micro sd card readers lol

    https://www.gc-forever.com/wiki/index.php?title=SDGecko

    Check the photos at the bottom the use 30 awg and dont solder the front pins to the front so they dont block the back ones. Solder to just the very end of the back ones and open trace lines for the front ones..

    (i know i suck at explaining but yea)
     
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    I really wanted to make sure i wasnt spending money when making this so i am trying to avoid buying one. So i guess i will have to look a little more into it :P
     
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    Well. You will have to cut the board a bit longer so you have access to alternate solder points. Use thin wire. And you should be good man.

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    Also you could just solder the points straight to the mem card slot b on the mobo and route the sd adapter to the bottom or side. Maybe hide it in one of the exp ports..
     
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    Well i took apart an official memory card as well but it looks unusable for this purpose. So later tonight im going to try what you said and if it works that will be awesome :3
     
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    Yea i would not use an oem because of how small the board is. Yea clear all the wires, remove as much solder as you can. And retry with thin wires soldered like the photo at alt points
     
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    At alt?
     
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    What game are you testing it with?
    Most officially licensed programs, including Nintendo's memory manager, don't support SD cards.

    Of course I'd only suggest making an SD gecko for educational reasons.
    You can buy them from China under $3 shipped.
     
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    The Alt solder points, instead of soldering to the pad you scrape off some of the mask and make a pad. Just follow the trace lines.

    Yea are you using Swiss or something to see that the sd is detected?
     
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    Yes im using swiss and other homebrews and the sd gecko is simply not detected by it. It acts as if nothing is inserted in slot 2. Do i need a special sd card brand?

    And i did mention a few hours ago that i DID NOT want to spend money on this and thats why i am just building it since i had everything i needed.
     
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    You dont need a special brand its just not reading it because the solder job is making the connections to the memory card pins not stick.
     
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    Do you have discord? It would be nice if we could discuss this via dms. My discord is Alex S#8291
     
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    okay so by trimming the wires down to fix the slot and spacing them the card now works without having to resolder anything :P i will probably resolder at a later point when i have the tools to do so ^u^