I recently ordered a new 4 GB SD card. It is a name brand (Kingston) from a reliable dealer. When I tried it in my Pentax K110D it would not work. I then tried it in my memory card reader and it would lock up the computer when I tried to open that device. I then tried it in my fairly late model computer which has Vista home premium with multiple card reader slots. It too locked up the computer.
I finally read the information on the card and it said it would be incompatible with some devices and the instructions with your device should tell you. Well the instructions with my K110D only says to use SD cards, it says nothing else at all.
Does anyone know if I have a bad card or if it is just not compatible with my devices?
Ten bucks says none of those things are SDHC compatible.SDHC card readers are cheap, but it's not going to help you with your Pentax. However, what WILL help you is the latest firmware update from Pentax. It says it makes your K110D work with SDHC.Here is the link:You probably won't be able to find similar updates for you computer, but it's worth trying.
Thanks, I will try that link.
Looks like I will have to wait until I have an 8GB card to download the info.
Is this a Catch-22 situation?
You need an 8GB (which implies HC) memory card with the firmware update on it to put into the camera in order to update the camera's firmware...but since the camera doesn't already support HC cards, it can't read an 8GB card in the first place...so there's no way to get the update onto your camera that will let you read the update!
Or am I missing something?
Edit: the BIOS update file itself is only 1MB -- why the heck do you need an 8GB card to hold it? Something's fishy here...
Message Edited by AstroImager on 11-02-2008 08:21 AM
Looks like I will have to wait until I have an 8GB card to download the info.OK, first, slow down. Don't skim. It is critical that you follow the instructions EXACTLY or you could be sending your camera to Pentax to have the firmware reinstalled.Second, it's 8MB, that's megabyte. Your 4GB card is 500 times larger than that, but if you have a smaller SD card, 2gb or less, I would use that one instead.
Message Edited by ckhd on 11-02-2008 10:39 AM
Thanks, as a matter of fact I have gotten in the habit of just skimming everything. Sometimes post the same way. I am going to give it a try using a simple 1GB card.
I downloaded the update, installed it and slightly to my surprise, it works. I tried the 4GB card and it is working fine. In the meantime, I ordered an 8GB card with a card reader from China for only $10.99 including shipping. I have ordered enough things from Hong Kong now that I expect it to work fine tho I wouldn't have ordered it if I knew I didn't need an 8GB card.
Message Edited by Yarddog on 11-02-2008 02:19 PM
I use the K100D, and I have 2 4GB cards made by PNY, I brought a SDHC card reader at staples that also reads the micro SDHC cards, was cheap and faster to use than the SD card reader on the system. the 4 Gb cards I have found to be much faster than the 2 GB cards and plus, I can save 373 RAW files on a newly formated card. the cards were cheap, was like $32 for the 2 of them back in may. now, a 8GB card is going for $20. with black friday coming up soon, prices should be quite low for new memory cards. hope the new cards and firmwre makes the camera easier to use. don't be afraid to buy HD video SD cards, they are class 6, but cheap... but stick with known brands of memoery cards.