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    Hi everyone!

    I ordered an Expresscard 34 off ebay. and i just recieved it today. When i plugged it in to my Unibody MBP, it did not work, but when i restarted into bootcamp, it worked perfectly fine.

    Now my question is, should i get my money back from the guy because he stated that it would work with Mac, or should i search for drivers?

    Thanks in advance!

    By the way, it is a 24 in 1 card reader.

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    Get your money back. If the card didn't come with drivers for OS X, you're probably going to have a difficult time finding them and without drivers it's not going to work. Hardware that's advertised as working for both PC and a Mac should come with a disk unless the hardware is plug and play for OS X and doesn't require a driver.

    Regards.

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    Of course searching for drivers should be done first...it's just easier.

    It might be kind of tough to get your money back from an e-Bay seller!

    E-Bay & Paypal really are not that helpful in this sort of situation...I've been screwed a number of times...and giving the guy negative feedback doesn't seem to have the impact it once did years ago...and giving him negative feedback won't make the card work any better!

    Hopefully you will have success finding drivers,

    - Nick

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    Well said. Unfortunately, most folks don't realize that eBay owns and operates Pay Pal. Guess whose side eBay is going to decide on? I try to avoid eBay and Craig's list - unless I can meet face to face with the seller or buyer. Yeah, I know, there's some great bargains to be had on eBay, but when you factor in the possible headache of having to return an item or disputing a sale, it's just not worth it, to me anyway.

    Regards.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Well said. Unfortunately, most folks don't realize that eBay owns and operates Pay Pal. Guess whose side eBay is going to decide on? I try to avoid eBay and Craig's list - unless I can meet face to face with the seller or buyer. Yeah, I know, there's some great bargains to be had on eBay, but when you factor in the possible headache of having to return an item or disputing a sale, it's just not worth it, to me anyway.

    Regards.
    Yea as you know...there used to be a time when e-Bay & Paypal were separately owned...and maybe folks got better buyer protection then.

    These days...if e-Bay/Paypal has a record that you received a package...then you got your stuff...no disputes!!! Even if it's the wrong stuff, or stuff that the e-Bay description said was one thing...but was really another. I speak from experience.

    But then again...I've also had 99% of my e-Bay experiences go perfectly well. It's the 1% bad ones that you always remember!!!

    Craig's list I think is much better. I always 100% of the time meet the buyer/seller face to face...so it's really just like newspaper classifieds used to be in the "old days"! Ha ha!

    - Nick

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    ok guys, i just figured something out. I kept using a SD card, and that wasn't working. Since it was a 24 in 1 card reader, i decided to try out using a MS Pro Duo and it ended up working great. So i know that leopard is recognizing the port, it just cant read SD cards... even though on the listing it says it does, and SD cards fit great into the port...

    I also figured out some information via system profiler...

    Product ID: 0x0722
    Vendor ID: 0x05e3 (Genesys Logic, Inc.)
    Version: 98.02
    Serial Number: 000000009802
    Speed: Up to 480 Mb/sec
    Manufacturer: Generic

    any help would be GREATLY appreciated. THANKS!

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    Quote Originally Posted by kill4kam View Post
    ok guys, i just figured something out. I kept using a SD card, and that wasn't working. Since it was a 24 in 1 card reader, i decided to try out using a MS Pro Duo and it ended up working great. So i know that leopard is recognizing the port, it just cant read SD cards... even though on the listing it says it does, and SD cards fit great into the port...

    any help would be GREATLY appreciated. THANKS!
    What's your question? Basically you know that the 24 in 1 express card works, and it's not reading SD cards.

    So either:

    - the express card is slightly defective in some way
    - the SD card you're using is defective in some way, and maybe a 2nd SD card should be tried

    - Nick

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    i have tried two sd cards, one 4gb and one 2gb. I know that the expresscard works because in bootcamp it can read both sd cards fine. But in leopard, it cannot read them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kill4kam View Post
    i have tried two sd cards, one 4gb and one 2gb. I know that the expresscard works because in bootcamp it can read both sd cards fine. But in leopard, it cannot read them.
    Given that info...it would seem that the expresscard is not completely Macintosh or Macintosh/Leopard compatible.

    I guess you could confirm this by going to your local Apple Store & seeing if they will let you "test" your express card in one of the display laptops.

    Or you could go "rogue"...and just do it on your own!

    - Nick

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    My Belkin (N10117) Media Reader-Writer ExpressCard Adapter works perfectly in my MBP 15 inch (March 2009 model).
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    thanks for your help guys! looks like i will have to be getting my money back

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    Quote Originally Posted by kill4kam View Post
    thanks for your help guys! looks like i will have to be getting my money back
    Good luck...hopefully that e-Bay seller is cooperative!

    - Nick

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    It looks as though I too have purchased an incompatible ExpressCard/34 from an eBay seller, even though they said it was Mac compatible. Oh well, the search continues.

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    If you can't work it out directly with the ebay seller, don't let all the posts discourage you - it's not impossible to get a refund through Paypal. I've done it, but it takes a while. You go to Paypal's resolution center and file a dispute. Then you have to wait a while, because Paypal gives the seller a certain period of time to respond. They'll contact you if they need more information.

    In both cases when I had to do this, the seller never bothered to fully respond to my complaint, so Paypal eventually credited me the purchase amount (and, I assume, deducted it from the seller's account). It's just that, unlike buying it from a retail store, you're not going to get an instant refund.

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