SD cards do not fit flush with the card reader?!?! (tx2000)

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  1. jellycow

    jellycow Pen Pal - Newbie

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    LAME! The SDHC card does not fit flush into the reader of tx2000 at all. I'd say good 20% protrudes out. If you want to keep a card in there all the time for backup / ReadyBoost (why?) / or whatever, it won't work well.

    ...Yeah...I know...I know this is my fault for not reading the docs or not checking it first, but the other notebooks I've used (SD/SDHC on Fujitsu/Lenovo and MSDuo on Sony) fit the card flush into the slot. Which let me just simply leave the card in there all the time. This let me have a backup process running in the background to copy some of the more important files over whenever it can. On my slow Fujitsu P1510 (512MB of RAM), I even used it to host ReadyBoost drive there. Oh well. I guess I can either pickup a Express Card media reader (cheap...$22 or so?) or just get the $100 Express Card Transcend 16GB SSD (not cheap about $100 or so).

    On the other hand, at least the card reader seems to be fast. I have a Transcend 8GB Class 6 SDHC card and it works flawlessly with the notebook. I wrote a single 1.1 GB file and took pretty much 3 minutes exact, which comes out to be little over 6MB/s write. Reading that file back to my tx2000z took 2 minutes 2 seconds, which is 9MB/s read. So I guess the reader does take advantage of the SDHC's increased speed okay... even with Vista's crippled file copying abilities.
     
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    seen tests which show that vista with 1GB or more dont really benefit much from readyboost
     
  3. jellycow

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    Oh I can verify that from my experice. My p1510d only had 512MB of RAM at first...so ReadyBoost definitely helped. Upgraded to 1GB finally (damn MicroDIMMs!) and ReadyBoost was useless.

    I have 4GB in my tx2000...I have no intention of using the SD slot as ReadyBoost drive. I just like having a solid state drive of some type to back up the things that I write. I figured anybody else who wants to use the SD slot for that purpose can give up on that. I guess xD cards are shorter so they might fit flush...but who uses xD cards these days? Ugh.


     
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    my kingston sd is really a microSD with a micro->normal sd adaptor
    it would not help being that the microSD goes in on top
    so sawing it in ½ would not help :p

    but maybe there are adaptors which have an normal sd interface but smaller?
     
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    Ka ka ka ka....I was thinking the same thing. I was thinking, "eh~ maybe I can get one of those SD to microSD adapter, take it apart, shorten it by cutting off a bit from the middle, and re-attach it~ YEAH~!" hee hee. I wanted to try it...but knowing my skills with stuff like this...I'm sure it's gonna turn out ugly and messy anyway.... I figured I'm just better off getting an Express Card media reader that can take the SD card in flush. Fun stuff~



     
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    What the... You are freakin' kidding me!

    I saw this post so I went to see for myself. It's still the same in the tx2500. SD cards stick out. It's pretty much a given that a MS pro will also.

    And I agree, an xD card may fit flush but who uses an xD card? xD cards are SLOW!
     
  7. jellycow

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    Actually, I tried one of the xD cards that I have and even it doesn't fit flush. It sticks out about 10%.

    I even tried Rudegar's advice and tried to shorten the SD->MicroSD adapter and that's no go. It's one piece inside that you can't really shorten without actually soldering the microSD into it. That's no fun...
     
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    The thing is, there is ample room since I "accidentally" jammed a MS pro duo into in and it slides in all the way. :p Unfortunately, it doesn't make contact... sigh. Maybe I can shorten a MS pro adapter for pro duo.
     
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    Ya modifying the adapter doesn't seem to work too well, but this may help :)

    http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5091

    The site is credible, just search on google, but shipping is a bit slow.

    Thanks for the idea OP, can't wait to get my tx2500z to try it out with!
     
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    Ordered 2.

    It looks like the USB stub will have to be cut off but this could work.

    Why 2? I have a penchant for mangling at least one through experimentation.

    I have no pets.
     
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