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    USB 2.0 cardreader not detected by iBook
    Hi,

    I have an iBook G4, and tried to connect my generic USB 2.0 Cardreader to it. However, it was not detected as a removable drive.
    I thought OSX had generic drivers for a device like this one? What can I do to get it to be detected? The only type of card I really care about is SD, even though the cardreader has slots for just about anything.

    My detailed specs, in case it matters:

    iBook G4 12"
    1.2ghz
    256mb
    30gb
    OSX 10.3.9

    thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCJ
    Hi,

    I have an iBook G4, and tried to connect my generic USB 2.0 Cardreader to it. However, it was not detected as a removable drive.
    I thought OSX had generic drivers for a device like this one?
    Not necessarily. Do you know the brand name of it? You might want to go to the manufacturer's site and see if they have drivers/software that you can download for Mac.
    You might also want to try connecting the Camera/device that you are using the card with to the Mac to see if it reads it that way.
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    It's by a brand called Hama. On their website, they only have the drivers that are also in the CD.
    The Amazon.de link is here, if it helps:
    http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/ASI...981192-6162114

    If find this very bizarre, because the driver CD even had drivers for OS9.

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    Silly question time: Do you have an SD card plugged into the reader? Unlike Windows in mac card readers and other removable media drives only show up when there is media in them.

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    Yeah I ran into this too:

    The device ay be working fine - but OS X only shows connected volumes - not drives.
    So unless you've inserted a card, you won't notice if it's working or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aptmunich
    Yeah I ran into this too:

    The device ay be working fine - but OS X only shows connected volumes - not drives.
    So unless you've inserted a card, you won't notice if it's working or not.
    Absolutely. Which my opinion is better than the way Windows does it. I have an 8-in-1 card reader and one time I plugged it into a Windows machine and it added 8 drives. Just stupid in my opinion.
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    Yes, I have a card in it. It's a Kingston SD card with a bunch of pictures on it.

    Maybe I have actually ran across a USB device that isn't compatible with a mac? That would be a first-timer.

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    Now that is weird...
    I have a hama card reader and it shows up fine...
    Have you tried a different usb port?

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    also try it on another computer to make sure it is still working. Card readers are the one accessory that I always find to die on me. I think I am on my 5th or 6th card reader because the old ones will either show up, but screw up all files upon importing, or not show up at all
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