Did I order a duff SD card reader?

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Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by MethodGit » Tue Oct 04, 2011 7:59 pm

Hello again folks. I recently bought one of those "new-fangled" (:P) SD card readers with the serial port for my wonderful Dreamcast from this site, seeing as it was the cheapest solution I could find (the Taobao one had hideous shipping prices for which I was not willing to part cash for).

Having tried to put it into my DC just now, I find I'm unable to even get it to fit into the serial port for whatever reason - it doesn't 'click' into place or even go in fully. Maybe I'm just being stupid about this, but here are the photos of what I've got (taken with an iPhone, so apologies if the quality isn't good enough)...
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Is there anything at all odd about the port end or am I not cramming it in hard enough?
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by PH3NOM » Tue Oct 04, 2011 8:41 pm

MethodGit wrote:Is there anything at all odd about the port end or am I not cramming it in hard enough?
Haha :lol: if you have to jam it in, something must not be right.

That would bum me out. I hope you can get it to work :o
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by Anthony817 » Fri Oct 28, 2011 4:20 am

Some people just had a hard time getting it in. I heard one dude didn't try enough.

Its been since October 4th, any news on if you got it working or not?
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by MethodGit » Tue Dec 06, 2011 7:29 pm

Late I know, but it's not an issue anymore - I just had to get used to the fact that it doesn't 'click' into place! :lol:

I guess I should've figured that out to begin with, what with this being a very 'hacky' way of implementing SD card support into a late 90's console. I'm not too sure if the alternative SD method I've seen on a video or two - with a slot built at the front of the console - would be any speedier or 'clickier' mind you.

This adapter's practically hugging the video plug next to it, so I need to be careful when taking it out or putting it back in. At least it supports MicroSDHC!
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by Stryfe » Sat Mar 03, 2012 6:05 pm

Sorry for the monster bump, but I have the exact same model SD adapter.

For some reason I can't get it to work. It's fully seated, and I didn't have to jam it in. I've verified the SD card is working, and formatted to fat16.

But... neither the SD loader, or File browser in Dreamshell show the adapter as being present. The option is grayed out...

Any ideas, or did I just get a bum device? Since the price of return shipping would make a return useless, I'd be wary of buying another device.

That is .... unless of course ... someone knows of a more reliable model from a different company...? Mine like above is marked as "HEYU".
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by mankrip » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:58 pm

Iirc mine's also a HEYU model. I've got a bit of trouble getting it to work, because I had to push it really hard into the DC's serial port, but it worked wonderfully afterwards.
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by Stryfe » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:26 am

Mine is seated in as far as it can physically go, so I guess I'm simply one of the unlucky ones who got a non-working device. There's bound to a failure rate on manufacturing these, but I wonder how high it is.

Considering I can't even be assured if I ordered another it would work, I won't bother. I'll have to look into some other alternatives when I get the time down the road.

Thanks for the assistance. :)
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by DanteJay » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:52 am

Stryfe wrote:Mine is seated in as far as it can physically go, so I guess I'm simply one of the unlucky ones who got a non-working device. There's bound to a failure rate on manufacturing these, but I wonder how high it is.

Considering I can't even be assured if I ordered another it would work, I won't bother. I'll have to look into some other alternatives when I get the time down the road.

Thanks for the assistance. :)
Just a shot in the dark, but trying cleaning the pins on your card reader and inside the port of the Dreamcast with a q-tip and some alcohol.
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Re: Did I order a duff SD card reader?

Post by Stryfe » Tue Mar 06, 2012 5:13 pm

Thanks DanteJay, but no dice.

I guess I'll have to be patient until I get the tools necessary to build my own.
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