PCMCIA won't read 64MB CF card

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Ford Prefect
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I have an Epson Stlus Photo 895 with PCMCIA slot and CF adaptor.
I have been using it for some time to read the 8MB CF card supplied with my camera.
But I needed more storage (as you do!) so I bought a 64MB CF card.
I formatted it in the camera (Canon Powershot A40) and it works a treat, but when I insert it into the PCMCIA adaptor it just says "Device not available".
The 8MB always works in the adaptor and the 64 still works in the camera.
I'm baffled.
Any ideas???
Regards.

petermillard
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Hi

No blinding flashes of insight, just a tedious process of elimination....!

Just a thought, but was your 8Mb card formatted in the camera, or did it work straight out of the box? Just asking as I know some card readers always expect DOS style formatting and some cameras can format cards in their own peculiar way...

Will the 64Mb card show up in an adapter attached to a Mac/PC? If so, try hoovering up all the images off the card then formatting it in the PC and see if the camera can still write to it, and if your Epson can now read from it...

If your 64Mb card can't be seen by either a PC-based card reader or your printer, then it would suggest that your in-camera formatting is at fault...

HTH,

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Peter Millard
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peter@petermillard.com

Peter Millard
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peter@petermillard.com

Ford Prefect
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Joined: Jun 17 2001

Thanks Peter,
I've done some elimination by purchasing another 64MB CF card, but from a different manufacturer.
The first 64MB card was from "I/O Data", the second is from "Integral".
The Integral card worked straight from the box, so I formatted it in the camera and it still works every time.
I don't have access to any other card readers at the moment, but as you say, it's a process of elimination.
It currently looks like the "I/O Data" card has some sort of incompatibility with my PCMCIA card or Epsom printer.
Has anybody else had problems or seen this sort of thing??
Regards.