Solved: Card reader slots not showing

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Tanglefoot1

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Hi, can anyone help with this please? The card reader slots built into my PC are not appearing in Windows Explorer. I used the card slot about a week ago and it was fine. I've tried re-booting to no avail. Not sure what to try next, I've read through some previous posts about seemingly related issues but haven't been able to find a solution there either. I've had a look at Device Manager and can't see them on there either.


Windows Vista 32 bit
Acer Aspire MS5100
ESET Smart Security
Anything else req'd? let me know thanks.

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flavallee

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Windows Vista 32 bit
Acer Aspire MS5100
I'm assuming that you made a typo and that you actually have an Acer Aspire M5100 desktop.

The driver downloads site for it doesn't list a card reader driver.

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When you click Computer to open its window and expose the list of drives, is the card reader drive(s) there?

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Hi,
Try these steps.
- turn the PC off then hold the power switch for 10 sec while the power cable is unplug.
- Reset BIOS to default then check if the card reader will be detected
if no,
- Uninstall and reinstall USB Mass Storage under USB on device manager
If still no go, open the chassis and trace the wire from the card reader to the motherboard then unplug and replug it
 

Tanglefoot1

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Well this is strange, after several re-starts/re-boots the card drivers are now all present and correct. :confused:

In the past I've known them to not appear after a system update for instance, but normally one more re-boot will have them back.

Must have been about 4 re-boots this time, before they appeared again.

Any idea why this may happen?
 

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Are you using any registry "cleaner/fixer" type apps?

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Tanglefoot1

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Are you using any registry "cleaner/fixer" type apps?

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No I'm not using anything like that.

Just booted up this morning and the drives are missing again. I have noticed that my PC is very slow to boot up lately and slow to respond to applications opening. My Pc has only recently (November) had a thorough "clean up" as well, courtesy of Tech Support Guy dvk01 :- http://forums.techguy.org/windows-vista/1077289-solved-error-messages-start-up.html
 

flavallee

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Download and save and then install the free version of

Malwarebytes Anti-Malware 1.70.0.1100

SUPERAntiSpyware 5.6.0.1014

Make sure to update their definition files during the install process.

Make sure to uncheck and decline to install any extras, such as toolbars and homepages, they may offer.

Make sure to uncheck and decline to use the "Pro" or "Trial" version, if it's offered.

After they're installed and updated, restart the computer.

Run a QUICK scan with each of them.

When each scan is finished, select and remove EVERYTHING they found.

Restart the computer, if prompted to, so the removal process can finish.

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Click Start - Run, then type in

%temp% (% is the percentage symbol on the number 5 key)

and then click OK.

Click Start - Run, then type in

c:\windows\temp

and then click OK.

Once those 2 temp folders appear and you can view their contents, select and delete EVERYTHING that's inside them.

If a few files resist being deleted, that's normal behavior. Leave them alone and delete EVERYTHING else.

If a massive number of files are being deleted, the computer may appear to "hang". Be patient and wait for the deletion process to finish.

After it's done, restart the computer.

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Tanglefoot1

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Hi, Thanks for the reply.
OK I already have malwarebytes and superantispyware installed (y), so I checked for updates for both and ran them, but nothing came up in either. I have deleted the temp files from both locations as requested, 2 files were left in one folder and 3 in the other as it was said they were being used.
Still no sign of my drives though unfortunately. Any other ideas? :)
 

Tanglefoot1

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I bet you do my suggestions.
Sorry, I wasn't sure how to reset BIOS (is it an option that just appears?). Plus it seems to be an intermittent fault, not something that happens after every boot, so it's not something that I wanted to "force-fix" (if you know what I mean) as it'll probably just keep happening if I don't find out why it's doing it.

I will try your suggestion though if I don't get to the bottom of why it's happening.

Thanks :)
 
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