11 Replies Latest reply: Dec 30, 2009 11:45 AM by Bluemango
Mr_Hobbles Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi there,

I bought this MacBook Pro last Wednesday and am loving it so far. However, the SD card slot on this doesn't seem to work, either on Leopard or on Windows 7.

Nothing happens when I put an SD card in. Nothing mounts on the desktop, and Windows still says there's nothing in there.

Interestingly, the very first time I put one in, it did recognize it, but said there was a problem with it. I took it out, and since then I've had the problem of it not recognizing any SD cards.

Any ideas?

Thanks.

MacBook Pro 15" 2.8GHz July 2009, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    RonAnnArbor Level 4 Level 4 (2,695 points)
    Try a few different SD cards...if it's a standard Sandisk, Kingston, etc SD card it should read it. If it's a cheapy ebay card it might or might not read it. Someone should pipe in, but often Transcend cards also don't work right in a lot of products.

    Otherwise, I think all you can do is have Apple look at it.
  • 2. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    Canadiandude Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    You're not alone. mine is not mounting or reading any card I try. I have tried two cards, one Sandisk and one Transcend and neither show up. I've never had it work. I have contacted Apple Support and have an appointment to get it repaired. I'm secretly hoping it's a logic board problem so Apple will replace it with a new one. The reason being that I bought a 500Gb Seagate drive that my MBP won't install (likely because of the EFi firmware update).

    For what it's worth, I have an SD card USB adapter and my MBP reads the cards fine when they are in the adapter and plugged in via USB so it is most definately the SD port that is faulty. If you have a card reader or adapter handy, try the card in that before requesting a repair.
  • 3. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    jerseygoil Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    would you all be using Memory sticks that look like an SD card, BUT is NOT?
  • 4. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    MrHobbes and Canadiandude: After verifying that the SD cards you're using can be read fine in other devices and by a USB reader connected to your own MBP, make a Genius Bar appointment to have the faulty readers examined and your machines repaired.
  • 5. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    mtuckman Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Add another SD card reader that isn't working. Only thing I am not sure about is if it is related to upgrading to Snow Leopard. It was working before the upgrade, but it may just be a timing / coincidence.

    Guess I'll make an appointment at the local Apple Store and have them take a look.
  • 6. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    ttang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Same problem with my new Macbook Pro. I bought it two weeks ago and since then have been using sd cards under snow leopard and win7 almost everyday.

    Except from yesterday; all of a sudden, it stopped mounting sd cards in either system.
  • 7. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    ttang Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    A call to Apple support suggested that I try to reset the System Management Controller.

    follow the directions: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1411 (Apple Portables: Resetting the System Management Controller (SMC).

    My SD card was able to mount after that...

    Good luck
  • 8. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    Jamesofisc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    it works !!! Thanks a lot!!!
  • 9. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    GIUBRA Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have problems with a micro SD Card which is seen regularly by SL but you can not transfer files and / or initialize.
    I also tried with a regular SD card and the problem persists.
    Someone tell me if it may be a bug in SL?
    Under XP everything is ok!
    Thank.
  • 10. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    Rod Hagen Level 7 Level 7 (31,985 points)
    What brand of SD card, what format, what size?
  • 11. Re: SD Card Reader Not Working
    Bluemango Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks, this worked for me as well. Saved me a trip to the Apple store