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post #1 of 28
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I ordered a SIIG ExpressCard 34 11 in 1 memory card reader for my MacBook Pro last week, it came today. I was actually have a terrible day and forgot this was coming and it cheered me up . I read about it on Apple forums (the actual apple.com ones). No one had one yet so they didn't know if it worked, hopefully this will answer any questions. It does work, no drivers needed. I just plugged it in and it worked immediately. I'm not a good photographer and am too lazy to take screen shots, so the pictures aren't the best, but they convey the point.

-Justin









post #2 of 28
did you find it in an elevator?

It is only real if the picture is in an elevator!!





ps: thanks for the post. sorry for the inside joke

pps: does it support compact flash?
post #3 of 28
Thread Starter 
No, it doesn't support compact flash, it never will. Express34 is 34mm wide, compact flash is wider than that. I'm sure it would work for a computer with the larger expresscard slot, but not for the current MacBook Pro line.
post #4 of 28
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Originally posted by jpennington
No, it doesn't support compact flash, it never will. Express34 is 34mm wide, compact flash is wider than that. I'm sure it would work for a computer with the larger expresscard slot, but not for the current MacBook Pro line.

I don't mean to sound like a retard, but what is an Express34??

Is it just a memory card reader??
Does it do other things too??
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post #5 of 28
ExpressCard/34 is the 34-mm-wide of ExpressCard, which is a laptop expansion standard that allows for external versions of PCI Express- or USB 2.0-based devices, much like CardBus was.*

ExpressCard also exists in a /54 configuration, which, you guessed it, is 55 mm wide. Because CompactFlash is wider than 34 mm, and because Apple only uses the /34 version, you cannot make a CompactFlash adapter (media card reader) for ExpressCard.

*) Both CardBus (also sometimes known as PC Card) and ExpressCard were standardized by PCMCIA, an industry consortium for this specific purpose. CardBus cards were thus also often incorrectly known as "PCMCIA cards".
post #6 of 28
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Originally posted by jpennington
No, it doesn't support compact flash, it never will. Express34 is 34mm wide, compact flash is wider than that. I'm sure it would work for a computer with the larger expresscard slot, but not for the current MacBook Pro line.


That's what I figured.

It could if the CF card sits outside of the computer I guess.
post #7 of 28
How do you pop the card out? I don't see a release button as on earlier 'Books.
post #8 of 28
Thank you!
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post #9 of 28
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Quote:
Originally posted by k squared
How do you pop the card out? I don't see a release button as on earlier 'Books.

Both the memory card and the express card are released by pushing in. There is a spring loaded mechanism or something that pushs it back up a little bit so you can remove it.

-Justin
post #10 of 28
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Someone pointed this out on the apple discussion site, which I have verified. With the card reader in the express slot, (without a memory card inserts) will not allow the computer to sleep.

I will rephrase ...

If you leave the card reader in the computer while you are not using it, it will not go to sleep. Frankly, this sucks. Hopefully someone smarter than me will figure out a fix for this soon.
post #11 of 28
whwere did you order it from, how much was it?
post #12 of 28
Thread Starter 
I ordered it from the sIIg online store. The fastest shipping was 2nd day air, which brought the total to $64.99 ($49.00 for the card and $15 for shipping).

You can purchase at http://www.siig.com/product.asp?pid=1051&catid=128 .
post #13 of 28
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Originally posted by TednDi
did you find it in an elevator?

It is only real if the picture is in an elevator!!





ps: thanks for the post. sorry for the inside joke

pps: does it support compact flash?



I agree that its good to hear firsthand Express card reports.

Is it true that it won't sleep if the card is in the bay? I'd expect that this could be the case for some cards, but if the card reader is simply a passthrough device and there's no card inside, I don't see why it would block sleep.
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post #14 of 28
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Yes, that is true, unfortunately. I hoping someone will figure out a way to fix thus. I was really hoping to leave it in the computer all the time.
post #15 of 28
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Originally posted by Xool


I agree that its good to hear firsthand Express card reports.

Is it true that it won't sleep if the card is in the bay? I'd expect that this could be the case for some cards, but if the card reader is simply a passthrough device and there's no card inside, I don't see why it would block sleep.

I don't think the card is just a pass through. A standard PCMCIA to CF card adapter is just wires in a case, I've torn one apart, PCMCIA has an ATA mode, and CF has an ATA mode. For ExpressCard, there is likely some logic because none of the memory card standards support USB or PCIe signalling.

It is kind of a bummer on the sleep. I'd like to know if any of the SATA ExpressCards work on the MBP. edit: scratch that, the current SATA cards listed at NewEgg are EC/54 only.
post #16 of 28
i wonder why the SIIG site does not specifically state that this expresscard supports mac os x.
post #17 of 28
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Originally posted by niji
i wonder why the SIIG site does not specifically state that this expresscard supports mac os x.

It probably never occured to them to test it. If they did test it, maybe they didn't list it because of the sleep issue.

SIIG can be a bit odd at times. Back when SATA was new, their SATA controller didn't support optical drives and the official statement was that they aren't going to support it with that controller.
post #18 of 28
well, i checked with them. here is their reply:

quote
Hi,
Unfortunately, it doesn't fully support Mac OS X. We are working on Mac
support it but do not have a release date at this time.
Regards,
Larry
endquote

the original poster of the info to this board supplied such evidence as photos of the mounted disk. when i saw that, i smelled something wrong. either he is associated with SIIG, or it didnt work all the time, or something.

by the way, the equivalent card that is supported on windows is much less in price than this one.
post #19 of 28
Quote:
Originally posted by niji
well, i checked with them. here is their reply:

quote
Hi,
Unfortunately, it doesn't fully support Mac OS X. We are working on Mac
support it but do not have a release date at this time.
Regards,
Larry
endquote

the original poster of the info to this board supplied such evidence as photos of the mounted disk. when i saw that, i smelled something wrong. either he is associated with SIIG, or it didnt work all the time, or something.

by the way, the equivalent card that is supported on windows is much less in price than this one.

Or SIIG are wrong.

Remember 'does not support' is not the same as 'does not work'.
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post #20 of 28
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Originally posted by Blackcat
Or SIIG are wrong.

Remember 'does not support' is not the same as 'does not work'.

You are partly right, it does work, but I am also inclined to say that SIIG statement is totally correct. They said "fully support". It does work for the most part. The rest of that full support issue may have to do with the fact that the MBP doesn't sleep properly when that card is in the slot.
post #21 of 28
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If you think I work for SIIG then there is something wrong with you, I have several posts on this board only a few are regarding this card.

I don't care if they don't support it, it works for me 100% of the time. I have to take it out when I'm not using it, but the times I use it are on trips, where my laptop is sitting on a desk plugged in, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't sleep.
post #22 of 28
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I posted the pictures because I was being nice. When I was trying to find the card I had wished someone had provided evidence of a working card. I decided to take the time and do it myself.

I use products all the time that aren't support my mac. I use macminis as network monitors and use several USB1.1 network cards on each one, non of which are supported. You can make anything piece of hardware work on any computer, sometimes it just takes longer that you are willing to spend.
post #23 of 28
Is this thread empty?
post #24 of 28
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Originally posted by pfilias
Is this thread empty?

Ouch! It was a pretty neat thread, I wonder if the forum database troubles corrupted this thread.

The basic message was that the SIIG EC/34 memory reader will read and write memory cards on the MBP, but it won't go to sleep if the card is in the slot.
post #25 of 28
Thanks for the info. I'll have to check that out.

Are there other media readers?
post #26 of 28
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Yep, I guess the database lost some post records. Oh well.

I will repost the picture in the morning .

-Justin

PS: Yes, it basically said that the SIIG reader works on the macbookpro, but it doesn't sleep with the card in the machine (at least at this point). Then someone said he thought I worked for SIIG, I said he was an idiot (it was more than that, but that sums it up), then that was that.
post #27 of 28
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Originally posted by pfilias
Are there other media readers?

There appears to be one that costs $95 vs. the $35 for the SIIG card. Compared to CardBus and PCMCIA, there are almost no ExpressCard/34 devices. Newegg stocks about four different EC/34 adapters, and the SIIG memory card reader is one of them. The others are an RS-232 card and Gigabit ethernet. I thought there was a Firewire card but I can't find it, maybe I mistook a /54 card for /34.
post #28 of 28
To avoid future confusion: PCMCIA is not a slot type; it's an industry consortium. CardBus and ExpressCard are both from PCMCIA.

When you say "PCMCIA", you usually mean "PC Card", an early version of CardBus.
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