Intermittent "No SD card found"

Discussion in 'M3 Adapter' started by SvenFjord, Nov 12, 2013.

  1. SvenFjord

    SvenFjord Newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    United States
    I'm getting really sick of this. My M3 DS Real works absolutely wonderfully - when it launches. It intermittently (I don't know if that's the right word, in reality the launches are what's intermittent) sits there with the M3 Real logo in the bottom right corner for a seemingly random time (I would estimate in the range of 10-100 seconds) before telling me "No SD card found."
    There is an SD card there. I even have a wad of tape on top of the card to press it down, because some people suggested that it helps, because of the card slot in the M3. But that hasn't really helped. I don't really see a difference when the tape is there vs.. when it isn't.
    The pattern on the times it works is this:
    - I take the M3 out, and put it back in while pressing it upwards in the slot
    - I boot it (I usually do it with holding the A button during the health and safety warning so it's verbose)
    - it sits there for a long time (towards the 100 seconds end of the time range) and then tells me that there isn't an sd card
    - I turn it off and then back on again
    - this time it immediately boots perfectly

    Then it works MOST of the times I boot it after that, until I leave it for a while and then pick it up and turn it on again, in which case I have to go through the process again.
    The process above only sometimes works. I've had to boot it upwards of 20 times before it works before, often just giving up before it does.

    Please help. This is really really really frustrating.

    Note: yes, I use the M3's provided microSD card reader. I haven't had any problems with it corrupting the card, and this doesn't seem like a firmware problem. I've reinstalled the SYSTEM folder multiple times and reformatted it and it hasn't helped. I don't have any other way of connecting the sd card to my computer.
  2. Another World

    Another World Emulate the Planet!

    Former Staff
    Jan 3, 2008
    From Where???
    i would further debug by trying a second msd card and a different card reader. if those also fail then the problem is probably with the flash kit itself.

    if you aren't afraid to open up the shell, you may want to inspect the msd slot. check the solder points, look for any loose connections, etc.

    -another world
  3. SvenFjord

    SvenFjord Newbie

    Nov 12, 2013
    United States
    I don't have another microSD card on hand at the moment, unfortunately. I have opened the shell multiple times, and I haven't seen anything obviously wrong with the connections. I'll have to check again. There is a possibility for another reader, but it's unlikely.
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