My laptop is LYING to me

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  1. drakorex
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    drakorex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    Whenever I insert an sd card, I can't move, add or edit anything on it. My laptop reads sd cards as write protected, even though they're not. I have half a dozen cards, and it does it to every one of them
     
  2. CrimzonEyed

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    Try move the little plastic switch on the sd card? [​IMG]
     
  3. linuxGuru

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    I have the exact same problem, but I can get it to read and write when I use a sd to usb adapter for some reason.
     
  4. bdr9

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    I once had an SD card reader that had a very inconveniently-placed plastic notch inside of it. Whenever I would put an SD card into it, it would lock the write-protect switch. It would only leave the switch unlocked if I put it in from a certain angle, that is, while pushing in a certain direction. Maybe your laptop's card reader has a similar problem.
     
  5. Originality

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    If the SD card is set to read-only mode (same system as floppy disks), that would explain it.

    It's also possible that the SD reader is set to read only (that setting is much harder to dig out), but that's unlikely unless someone specifically changed that setting.
     
  6. Kwartel

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    Just get some tape and secure the switch so it doesn't move while plugging it in the reader. That's what I do with them.
     
  7. drakorex
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    drakorex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    But every single card?? the switch doesn't move from when I put it in to when I take it out. I even went so far as to reinstall my OS, and nothing.
     
  8. BryceOne

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    Try a different computer, and try a different card reader.
     
  9. Joe88

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    the reader is the problem, get a new one
     
  10. drakorex
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    drakorex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

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    -_- The reader is built into my laptop. I can not afford a new laptop right now.
     
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    Definitely sounds like a hardware issue.

    However, try looking up the drivers for your computer and see if installing the Memory card reader's driver will fix it.
     
  12. Presto99

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    Bad laptop! Do you know where liers go?! You're grounded.

    Sorry. I just thought the title was funny. but you could get a sd card reader that you plug in via USB.
     
  13. drakorex
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    I refer you to my previous statement of having reinstalled the OS, drivers included.
     
  14. epicCreations.or

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    Just keeping taking it out and putting it back in, and when you succeed in being able to write it, copy everything off and format it. I had that problem with an SD once. Also, you may have to angle the card in, hold it in a certain direction/pressing against the slot walls, or something similar; that happened to my mom's HP.
     
  15. Joe88

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    just buy a cheap usb reader, you dont need to buy a new laptop lol
     
  16. Chhotu uttam

    Chhotu uttam DOH HO HO HO

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    hey my laptop is too lying to me.

    it shows the graphics memory 2743mb?
     
  17. Originality

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    That's normally because of "shared" graphics memory (it borrows memory from the RAM to use for graphics). Don't read too far into it.
     
  18. thegame07

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    Buy a usb reader? You can get one for like £2.
     
  19. Fat D

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    It even does this with desktop machines, but it is easily explained if your OS breaks it up, for instance my machine has
    total memory: 2815 MB
    dedicated memory: 1024 MB
    shared memory: 1791 MB
    right now.

    And yes, follow the suggestion of Joe, Presto and thegame. Just because your laptop has a built-in reader does not mean that that is the only reader you can use. External ones still work.
     
  20. Chhotu uttam

    Chhotu uttam DOH HO HO HO

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    No it shows only the graphics memory even in the catalyst control center