Up is Down
I got this to try out the hitherto unused ExpressCard slot on my old Dell Inspiron B130 laptop. It had a nice rebate that made it the cheapest possible ExpressCard device that I could actually use. It came with no instruction manual. It turns out it NEEDED one. I tried plugging it in, name label up, and could not tell if it "seated" in the slot. I pulled it out and tried just putting an SD card in the reader. I could see that the flash card had to go in upside down with respect to the "top" name label in the card reader (the side with the colored label and arrow). I tried for quite awhile, but the card was never recognized by the laptop. Then I tried inserting the reader upside down, with the flash card upside down in the reader (thus the flash card was facing up) and it worked. Either my Dell ExpressCard slot is built upside down, or the reader's labels are applied to the wrong sides. I think the latter is true. It works with both my SD card and a Sony Memory Stick Pro that is inserted. Without a flash card inserted, the reader is flush with the edge of my Dell and thus is unobtrusive if left in all the time. Overall, I recommend this, if you know the orientation secret.
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