2012 mac mini's SD card reader not working

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by iamsen47, Aug 24, 2015.

  1. iamsen47 macrumors regular

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    I've not used it in over a couple of years but recently when I tried inserting a card in, it was unresponsive. I tried using a little dust blower, the kinds you use on a camera lense but there wasn't any change. Any ideas how I might go about troubleshooting it?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    The 2012 Mac mini has a SDXC card slot. Most of the newer SD cards are SDHC. My 2011 MBP with a SDXC card slot could not read my new 32 Gb SDHC card. I had to get an external USB Card reader that could read the SDHC card as well as the older formats.
     
  3. for this macrumors regular

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    This will sound silly. But it works every time when I gently push the card in and just stop when I feel it reach the end of the slot. Otherwise, it would intermittently fail to recognize the card.
     
  4. CoastalOR, Aug 25, 2015
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    What format SD, SDXC, or SDHC?
     
  5. fa8362 macrumors 65816

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    My 2012 mini reads any card, SDHC or otherwise.
     
  6. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    That sounds good. Myself, and some other posters, have had problems with the built in card reader. My card reader would work fine for the standard speed/lower capacity SD cards, but it would not read faster/higher capacity SD cards. It sounds like it has been touchy for poster "for this" also. I had to get an external USB card reader for the faster/higher capacity SD cards.
     

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