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Title: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: mysticeyes on April 08, 2019, 06:12:56 PM
Hello everyone, my M10 is no longer recognizing any micro SD card. I could always reinsert the card once or twice and get it to read, but now it's not reading anything. The deck still works beautifully in every other way. Do you think it's OK to give that little  slot a blast from a can of compressed air, something that is safe for electronics? I remember reviving a DVD drive in an old computer with a stream of hot air from a hair dryer, on the theory that it would dislodge dust and crud, but I don't want to try that with something that I value a great deal.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: seethreepo on April 08, 2019, 09:24:08 PM
So the deck is “broken” for all intents and purposes , I say nothing ventured nothing gained..
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: unidentified on April 08, 2019, 09:34:04 PM
Well, FWIW, it still has a nice internal memory.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: mysticeyes on April 09, 2019, 08:22:18 AM
So the deck is “broken” for all intents and purposes , I say nothing ventured nothing gained..

I don't think so; it does a great job of recording shows, but can't write to the drive.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: Gutbucket on April 09, 2019, 10:51:03 AM
Likely dirt/crud on the electrical contacts.  Treat them like audio contacts and clean with alcohol/contact-cleaner.  Apply solvent then insert/remove the card multiple times to scrub the dampened contacts clean.

In the past this has fixed this problem on several handhelds for me.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: DavidPuddy on April 09, 2019, 11:16:14 AM
Likely dirt/crud on the electrical contacts.  Treat them like audio contacts and clean with alcohol/contact-cleaner.  Apply solvent then insert/remove the card multiple times to scrub the dampened contacts clean.

In the past this has fixed this problem on several handhelds for me.

I'm not super familiar with the USB function on the M10, but can you access the micro SD files via the mini USB port?
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: beatkilla on April 09, 2019, 12:20:22 PM
Also remember that the slot has 2 different directions of inserting the cards.One for microSD and another direction for Memory stick.

I never remove mine just transfer files thru usb cable.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: rocksuitcase on April 09, 2019, 01:17:42 PM
Likely dirt/crud on the electrical contacts.  Treat them like audio contacts and clean with alcohol/contact-cleaner.  Apply solvent then insert/remove the card multiple times to scrub the dampened contacts clean.

In the past this has fixed this problem on several handhelds for me.
I use these at work for cleaning iPhone/android inputs:
https://www.gumbrand.com/between-teeth-cleaning/interdental-brushes/gumr-go-betweensr-proxabrushr-cleaners-micro-tight-10ct.html
Probably use contact cleaner with the micro brush.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: boltman on April 09, 2019, 02:47:17 PM
So, at the risk of being too obvious:  Have you tried a different micro SD card in there? 
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: mysticeyes on April 09, 2019, 07:30:11 PM
So, at the risk of being too obvious:  Have you tried a different micro SD card in there?

boltman, it won't see any cards.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: Perry on April 10, 2019, 03:43:28 PM
Blast the card slot with an aerosol contact cleaner. Just be sure the cleaner contains no lubricant (some do). Go ahead, you won't hurt it. https://www.amazon.com/DeOxit-Cleaning-Solution-Spray-spray/dp/B0002BBV4G/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=electrical+contact+cleaner&qid=1554925288&s=industrial&sr=1-3 (https://www.amazon.com/DeOxit-Cleaning-Solution-Spray-spray/dp/B0002BBV4G/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=electrical+contact+cleaner&qid=1554925288&s=industrial&sr=1-3)
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: mysticeyes on April 10, 2019, 06:21:48 PM
Blast the card slot with an aerosol contact cleaner. Just be sure the cleaner contains no lubricant (some do). Go ahead, you won't hurt it. https://www.amazon.com/DeOxit-Cleaning-Solution-Spray-spray/dp/B0002BBV4G/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=electrical+contact+cleaner&qid=1554925288&s=industrial&sr=1-3 (https://www.amazon.com/DeOxit-Cleaning-Solution-Spray-spray/dp/B0002BBV4G/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=electrical+contact+cleaner&qid=1554925288&s=industrial&sr=1-3)

Thanks, will try that.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: ilduclo on April 10, 2019, 06:28:41 PM
Also remember that the slot has 2 different directions of inserting the cards.One for microSD and another direction for Memory stick.

I never remove mine just transfer files thru usb cable.

yes, and to answer an earlier question, you can access the card and the internal memory from the usb. I also never remove the card in mine.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: morst on April 11, 2019, 02:47:28 PM
I also never remove the cards from mine. I also don't format my card regularly, which is not said to be advisable, but it has worked for me, since I am not generating a huge number of files before deleting them. Maybe a couple hundred a year at the most?
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: Scooter123 on April 11, 2019, 07:18:14 PM
The card is a pain to insert.  I have only removed it once and it has never seen the light of day for nearly 5 years or more.  I do reformat the card every once and a while. 
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: ilduclo on April 12, 2019, 07:55:18 AM
I’ve never been tempted to remove it, but shall format it at the (+T) advice.
 :cheers:

 I seldom need to use card memory, anyways. The m10 seems to hold plenty for me at my preferred 44.1/24 rate.
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: GDfan on April 12, 2019, 08:54:47 AM
So, at the risk of being too obvious:  Have you tried a different micro SD card in there?

boltman, it won't see any cards.

what about a memory stick?
Title: Re: Any remedy for a micro SD drive in a Sony M10?
Post by: morst on April 14, 2019, 08:31:18 PM

what about a memory stick?
That is a good idea to try an M2 card (Sony mini memory stick form factor)

Totally different pins.