repairing smart media

Started Dec 22, 2002 | Discussions
Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
repairing smart media

I am having trouble with smart media cards. If I mistakenly take the card out of the usb reader under mac os9 without 'ejecting' first, the card often 'breaks' so that when it is inserted back into the camera the camera will not read it and gives me the 'initialisation' symbol. However when i try to initialise nothing happens.

If I place the card in the reader using a pc and win2k, win2k recognises the card as smart media and I can do a full or partial 'wipe'. Ive tried this, and it seems to work as far as win2k is concerned, but nonetheless the card is still unusable in camera

I realise its my mistake taking the cards out without ejecting, I try to remember but Im only human:-)

Ive gone through about 6 cards this year and its very tedious, especially when a long way from the shops. Is there no way these cards can be repaired?

Nick

gp Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: repairing smart media

Very odd, It shouldn't "fry" the cards. I've been using smartmedia since '97 when I got my first cam. and I have never had one go bad.

Do you know anyone with a camera that takes SM? If so, I would try to format the card in another device and see if that yields better results.

If you don't know anyone. Contact me.

cheers

Nick Harman wrote:

I am having trouble with smart media cards. If I mistakenly take
the card out of the usb reader under mac os9 without 'ejecting'
first, the card often 'breaks' so that when it is inserted back
into the camera the camera will not read it and gives me the
'initialisation' symbol. However when i try to initialise nothing
happens.

If I place the card in the reader using a pc and win2k, win2k
recognises the card as smart media and I can do a full or partial
'wipe'. Ive tried this, and it seems to work as far as win2k is
concerned, but nonetheless the card is still unusable in camera

I realise its my mistake taking the cards out without ejecting, I
try to remember but Im only human:-)

Ive gone through about 6 cards this year and its very tedious,
especially when a long way from the shops. Is there no way these
cards can be repaired?

Nick

OP Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
Re: repairing smart media

a friend has a fuji sm camera

the broken card comes up as 'format' in his too, but formatting just gets a bleep and a return to the 'format me!' symbol:-(

its the card reader that frys the cards. clearly they hate being pulled out without 'eject'command first

n

gp wrote:
Very odd, It shouldn't "fry" the cards. I've been using
smartmedia since '97 when I got my first cam. and I have never had
one go bad.

Do you know anyone with a camera that takes SM? If so, I would try
to format the card in another device and see if that yields better
results.

If you don't know anyone. Contact me.

cheers

Nick Harman wrote:

I am having trouble with smart media cards. If I mistakenly take
the card out of the usb reader under mac os9 without 'ejecting'
first, the card often 'breaks' so that when it is inserted back
into the camera the camera will not read it and gives me the
'initialisation' symbol. However when i try to initialise nothing
happens.

If I place the card in the reader using a pc and win2k, win2k
recognises the card as smart media and I can do a full or partial
'wipe'. Ive tried this, and it seems to work as far as win2k is
concerned, but nonetheless the card is still unusable in camera

I realise its my mistake taking the cards out without ejecting, I
try to remember but Im only human:-)

Ive gone through about 6 cards this year and its very tedious,
especially when a long way from the shops. Is there no way these
cards can be repaired?

Nick

gp Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: repairing smart media

when the card is inserted into the reader under 2k, can you write anything from the pc to the card?

Nick Harman wrote:

a friend has a fuji sm camera

the broken card comes up as 'format' in his too, but formatting
just gets a bleep and a return to the 'format me!' symbol:-(

its the card reader that frys the cards. clearly they hate being
pulled out without 'eject'command first

n

OP Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
Re: repairing smart media

yes i can dump any type file onto the card and read it fine so the card still 'works' in one respect

nick

gp wrote:
when the card is inserted into the reader under 2k, can you write
anything from the pc to the card?

Nick Harman wrote:

a friend has a fuji sm camera

the broken card comes up as 'format' in his too, but formatting
just gets a bleep and a return to the 'format me!' symbol:-(

its the card reader that frys the cards. clearly they hate being
pulled out without 'eject'command first

n

OP Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
Re: repairing smart media

by the way im using SMPREP under win2k to format the card

n

Nick Harman wrote:
yes i can dump any type file onto the card and read it fine so the
card still 'works' in one respect

nick

gp wrote:
when the card is inserted into the reader under 2k, can you write
anything from the pc to the card?

Nick Harman wrote:

a friend has a fuji sm camera

the broken card comes up as 'format' in his too, but formatting
just gets a bleep and a return to the 'format me!' symbol:-(

its the card reader that frys the cards. clearly they hate being
pulled out without 'eject'command first

n

gp Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: repairing smart media

It sounds like you just blew out the card information structure (CIS).

If it won't format in another device, you can rewrite the CIS in hex. But it ain't easy.

It doesn't sound like they are dead. Just lost.

Nick Harman wrote:

by the way im using SMPREP under win2k to format the card

OP Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
Re: repairing smart media

well being primarily a mac user, using hex sounds tricky! But could you point me to more info on the subject?

Thanks

n

gp wrote:
It sounds like you just blew out the card information structure (CIS).

If it won't format in another device, you can rewrite the CIS in
hex. But it ain't easy.

It doesn't sound like they are dead. Just lost.

Nick Harman wrote:

by the way im using SMPREP under win2k to format the card

gp Forum Member • Posts: 69
Re: repairing smart media

This could be quit long.

email me.
megageek@NOSPAMhotmail.com

remove NOSPAM to reply.

g

Nick Harman wrote:

well being primarily a mac user, using hex sounds tricky! But could
you point me to more info on the subject?

Thanks

OP Nick Harman New Member • Posts: 18
Re: repairing smart media

well if you dont mind i will

n

gp wrote:
This could be quit long.

email me.
megageek@NOSPAMhotmail.com

remove NOSPAM to reply.

g

Nick Harman wrote:

well being primarily a mac user, using hex sounds tricky! But could
you point me to more info on the subject?

Thanks

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