I recently bought a Canon 450D Digital SLR and it came bundled with an 8GB Sandisk II ultra SDHC. Now usual I don’t bother putting the camera software on to my pc as I’m always worried it will slow it down or cause an issue elsewhere. So with my old Sony P200 I just removed the memory stick put it into my 8-1 card reader and hey presto up pops a new window saying I have inserted a memory stick.
So I took a few shots with my new Canon 450D and then I scuttled of to the computer to check out the few test shots I had taken. In goes the memory card and nothing happens PC grinds to a halt and eventually pops up an I/O error.
Now I know that faulty memory cards are few and far between and since it worked in my new Canon 450D I was even more puzzled.
It turns out after a bit of research on the internet that as standard windows XP doesn’t support SDHC cards. I tried 2 different patches from Microsoft, but none seemed to help the card in my 8-1 card reader. A couple of forums said that you might need a specific card reader that is SDHC compatible.
after spending about 1hr trawling the internet for various solutions I gave up and headed towards the Canon 450D box in hope that the cd would have the driver file or would allow me to do a custom install and just install the drivers.
As luck would have it the installation CD would allow a custom install and allow you to just select the drivers only. After a tiny install the camera now gets detected by windows XP and I can happily transfer my images.