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TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 06:23 AM
From the point and shoot days, I've had multiple SD card readers and "boom" they're recognized. I just got a Lexar Jumpshot CF card reader and the light on it turns green, but my laptop has no idea that it's there. Are there any special tricks to get laptops to recognize CF card readers?

DonRicklin
Feb-27-2008, 06:26 AM
From the point and shoot days, I've had multiple SD card readers and "boom" they're recognized. I just got a Lexar Jumpshot CF card reader and the light on it turns green, but my laptop has no idea that it's there. Are there any special tricks to get laptops to recognize CF card readers?Check te Lexar site. There may be something to install for a PC to see it.

Normaly should just work. Did it come with an installation disc?

Don

20DNoob
Feb-27-2008, 06:26 AM
Mine doesn't show up in the 'My Computer' screen till I put a card in it, then I've got heaps of drives.:rofl

DonRicklin
Feb-27-2008, 07:00 AM
Mine doesn't show up in the 'My Computer' screen till I put a card in it, then I've got heaps of drives.:roflOh yeah. There is that. Needs a card in it to be seen!

Even a Mac wont see a Reader without a card in it!

Don

TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 07:13 AM
I've tried the two different cards that I have. Regular Sandisk 4GB and a Sandisk extreme 2GB cards. Still nothing. Lexar's site sucks for drivers btw :)

Oh, and I got this reader as a freebie, so no install disk. I guess I got what I paid for ;)

ziggy53
Feb-27-2008, 07:20 AM
I've tried the two different cards that I have. Regular Sandisk 4GB and a Sandisk extreme 2GB cards. Still nothing. Lexar's site sucks for drivers btw :)

Which card reader is it? (Look on the back of the card reader and give us the information here.)

Which OS is on your computer?

Did the card reader come with a cable or is it the type that plugs directly into your computer? Did you add a cable to extend the distance from the computer?

Have you tried other USB appliances on that particular USB port?

ziggy53
Feb-27-2008, 07:25 AM
I moved this to Accessories since it does not have to do with Cameras directly.

TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 08:38 AM
I moved this to Accessories since it does not have to do with Cameras directly.

Duh. My fault for putting it in the wrong place in the first place. Thanks for moving it

TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 08:39 AM
Which card reader is it? (Look on the back of the card reader and give us the information here.)

Which OS is on your computer?

Did the card reader come with a cable or is it the type that plugs directly into your computer? Did you add a cable to extend the distance from the computer?

Have you tried other USB appliances on that particular USB port?

On the front of the reader it says jumpSHOT Lexar Media and on the back it says jumpSHOT Works only with USB Enabled CompactFlash (which from what I've read, all CF cards made in the last couple years are USB enabled). Under that, Do not remove card if LED is blinking and the Lexar Media Part No. USB005. This reader has a USB cable coming right out of it that is about a foot and a half long.

ziggy53
Feb-27-2008, 09:23 AM
... Which OS is on your computer?

...

What operating system are you using?

TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 09:36 AM
What operating system are you using?

Sorry, XP. Vista = evil

ziggy53
Feb-27-2008, 09:56 AM
XP might be part of the problem. It looks like that "reader" works well with Win 98.

It looks like lots of people are having problems with that device using other than Lexar cards. The "jumpSHOT" is really not a reader, but just an adapter cable. I believe it has been discontinued and that all current Lexar readers are true card readers.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24602
http://www.photographyreview.com/mfr/lexar/card-readers-and-adapters/PRD_82780_3086crx.aspx
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Cle7

I strongly recommend you just buy another card reader. I have several generic readers that are inexpensive and work fine with all cards.

TaDa
Feb-27-2008, 10:02 AM
XP might be part of the problem. It looks like that "reader" works well with Win 98.

It looks like lots of people are having problems with that device using other than Lexar cards. The "jumpSHOT" is really not a reader, but just an adapter cable. I believe it has been discontinued and that all current Lexar readers are true card readers.

http://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthread.php?t=24602
http://www.photographyreview.com/mfr/lexar/card-readers-and-adapters/PRD_82780_3086crx.aspx
http://photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=00Cle7

I strongly recommend you just buy another card reader. I have several generic readers that are inexpensive and work fine with all cards.

You're awesome. Thank you very much Ziggy

HiSPL
Feb-27-2008, 10:04 AM
Generic readers nowadays work very well in general, but I HIGHLY recommend the SanDisk Extreme 3 reader available everywhere. It's about 25 bucks so it's not that much more than the generics, however I have seen a huge speed increase since getting mine. My 4 gig cards (not sandisk brand BTW) used to take an hour or so each to ingest with a PNY reader. Now a full 4 gigs takes about 10 minutes. I am extremely happy with it.:clap

Also, if you are using SanDisk Extreme cards it's even faster, but I don't have any so I wouldn't know....

mr peas
Feb-27-2008, 10:15 AM
Generic readers nowadays work very well in general, but I HIGHLY recommend the SanDisk Extreme 3 reader available everywhere. It's about 25 bucks so it's not that much more than the generics, however I have seen a huge speed increase since getting mine. My 4 gig cards (not sandisk brand BTW) used to take an hour or so each to ingest with a PNY reader. Now a full 4 gigs takes about 10 minutes. I am extremely happy with it.:clap

Also, if you are using SanDisk Extreme cards it's even faster, but I don't have any so I wouldn't know....

It is probably because the newer reader you have now is USB 2.0 powered whereas your older one was probably USB 1.1.

Remember to buy a USB 2.0 reader for the super-quickness downloading! ;D

Also, check to see if you have several USB hard drives connected to your computer. Sometimes only one USB drive can be seen at a time depending on your motherboard. I have this problem when I hook up my USB external HD, none of my other card readers nor USB HDs when connected work so I use 1 USB drive and 1 Firewire external drives.

20DNoob
Feb-27-2008, 11:44 AM
I used to have one of the Sandisk($25-$30) readers and about a week or so after I bought it it bit the farm. I went and grabbed a crappy $10 Belkin jobber and it hasn't quit on me yet(2 1/2 years+/-).

Tee Why
Feb-28-2008, 09:13 AM
Had another guy have problems with a Mac/Lexar Card reader.
If it was me, I'd ditch the card reader and pick up a different brand.
I've a Sandisk multicard reader from Walmart and it was pretty cheap.

It's USB 2.0 so it've pretty darn fast as well.

The other option is to ditch the reader all together and just plug the camera into the computer and download via Eos Utilities.

DonRicklin
Feb-28-2008, 10:48 AM
Had another guy have problems with a Mac/Lexar Card reader.
If it was me, I'd ditch the card reader and pick up a different brand.
I've a Sandisk multicard reader from Walmart and it was pretty cheap.

It's USB 2.0 so it've pretty darn fast as well.

The other option is to ditch the reader all together and just plug the camera into the computer and download via Eos Utilities.Users have had some problems with Direct Camera connect, too, depending on System and Software. It also means Camera battery use and often slower download.

Don

Art Scott
Feb-28-2008, 01:09 PM
On the front of the reader it says jumpSHOT Lexar Media and on the back it says jumpSHOT Works only with USB Enabled CompactFlash (which from what I've read, all CF cards made in the last couple years are USB enabled). Under that, Do not remove card if LED is blinking and the Lexar Media Part No. USB005. This reader has a USB cable coming right out of it that is about a foot and a half long.

I have JumpShot and also Jumpshot CF card....the reader will not read anything but Jumshot CF cards from what I was able to find out and there is no support for them as Lexar has moved waaaaay beyond the obsolete Jumpshots......Mine is collecting dust on a bookshelf...........

I am currently using a STRATITEC card reader from Sam's Club....it was like $9.99 about 3 yrs ago....it reads like 20 different types of memory cards and it shows up in My Computer with any cards inserted......