R4 bundles usb reader

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  1. Winner6
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    Hi, i have bought a r4 with a microsd usb reader. The connectors for the sd card on the reader is broken does anyone know where i can get a new one so i can solder on? or does anyone have a faulty reader that i can take the conenctors from? Ps im in the uk.
     
  2. Baha

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    If you're referring to the usb reader that came with the R4, you're better off buying your own micro sd card reader as the usb readers that come bundled with the R4 and M3 are prone to malfunction & over heating. A new micro sd card reader shouldn't cost you a lot and will be more reliable.
     
  3. betaboy

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    I've got a spare (I use my SD card adapter on my laptop to copy stuff over so I don't use it). If you want to PM me your address I'll post it to you. Once you've received it and you're happy, you can paypal me a few quid to cover the postage cost etc.
     
  4. Killermech

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    In your case you're better off buying a new one.. they cost like 5-15$ instead of having someone ship you over their connectors from their usb reader.
     
  5. Modrak

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    I think I'm lucky owner of the second generation reader [​IMG]

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  7. bobrules

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    I have the 2nd gen reader. I'm wondering if it's realiable.
     
  8. GameGeezer

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    I've had no problems with the second gen reader. I've used it many times with no errors. Because the cards and the mechanisms are so small on the reader and the R4DS card I would be careful when putting in and taking out your card from both to avoid breaking something accidentally.
     
  9. Szyslak

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    Don't consider yourself too lucky. I got that card reader with my R4 and it's fried. BTW, the package I got that card reader in also had a spare shell, so they are not mutually exclusive.

    However, I do feel the need to post this in case anyone else has had the same issue, or in case it will prevent anyone else from doing the same thing. I personally think that I fried the above pictured TF reader by running multiple HD-Tach tests on various microSD cards, and as a result, I believe that the reader overheated to the point of lost functionality. I was having no problem transferring files with this reader before the HD-Tach tests. I obviously can't prove that HD-Tach did it, but I hope this serves as a caution to anyone with only the above card reader. You might want to avoid HD Tach (or letting your reader heat up in general).

    Back on topic, I agree with those that say trying to fix the card reader isn't worth it. I got a very reliable "Mobile Mate SD+" by SanDisk for about $10. It reads the microSD card directly (no SD adapter), and it has worked like a charm for months now. It even produces better HD Tach random access time results than using my SanDisk 21 in 1 reader with the SD adapter.

    Sorry for the long post I tend to ramble late at night. Cheers.
     
  10. sti360

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    i got that second gen card reader too, but no black replacement shell [​IMG]
     
  11. platylover

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    I just got a my R4 DS last week, which came with the smokey black reader with the two raised diamond bumps. The reader fried two of my microsd cards. I wouldn't risk it, don't use the included reader.

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  12. -EX-

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    2 fried cards?! Oh, shit!

    I got my R4 2 days ago, it has the same reader with diamond bumps. I didn't use it at all, my laptop has a built-in SD reader, so I stick with it.
     
  13. sti360

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    i'm using the included black reader!
    should i get a new one or press my luck?
     
  14. bobrules

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    I see no reason to change, if it's working properly. Although using a SD adapter is safer.
     
  15. jtroye32

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    that's the reader I have. works great!
     
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    I ordered a Kingston 1GB from newegg with a Rosewill USB reader, works fine. What sucks is that my kingston was made in taiwan...
     
  18. Modrak

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    Well, I just use the card reader when I put files on the card so it's just 5 minutes and then the card goes back to R4 to be played [​IMG]

    I just came across this card with strange adaptor.
    Don't mind the site is in czech, the main idea is the microSD > USB and microSD > SD adaptor. Wow. Now stop preorders and actually sell some [​IMG]

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  19. Winner6
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    so has anyone got a spare unwanted micro sd card reader which they wud post to me in the uk. i will pay postage cost.
     
  20. schaatsenmenno

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    hi, I'll buy a R4DS or M3 Simply,, I know they are the same,, but is there any difference between the cardreaders,, which cardreader is better ? from the R4 or M3 of is there no difference.
    And do you think that I must buy a other cardreader I heard that the micro sd card can broken by using te included cardreader? Or can I try the included card reader en use it when it works.

    I hope you can understand this, my english is not good.