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Kingston Technology SSFDCCard Reader for Desktop PCs User’s Guide

Model: PCREAD/SSFDC

Kingston Technology’s

SSFDCCard Reader

For Desktop PCs

User’s Guide

Part No. 4401448-001.A00

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17600 Newhope

Fountain Valley, CA 92708

(714) 435-2600

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TABLEOFCONTENTS

 

Introduction......................................................................................

 

1

Special Features.........................................................................

 

2

Package Contents ......................................................................

 

2

Installing the SSFDCReader.........................................................

 

3

Step 1. Parallel Port Connection ................................................

 

3

Step 2. Printer Pass-ThroughConnection ..................................

4

Step 3. DC Power for SSFDC™ Reader ....................................

 

5

Inserting SSFDC Cards ...................................................................

 

8

Software Installation ........................................................................

 

9

Hot Swapping .............................................................................

 

9

PC Storage Card High Level Format ........................................

 

10

Appendices....................................................................................

 

11

Appendix A Troubleshooting .................................................

 

12

Parallel Port Conflict Window 95/98.....................................

 

13

How to Reach Kingston........................................................

 

14

Appendix B Product Warranties and Notices.........................

15

F.C.C. Certification...............................................................

 

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CE Notice.............................................................................

 

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General Information

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Introduction

Congratulations on the purchase of your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader for Desktop PCs. Your Kingston SSFDC™ Card Reader accommodates rugged and removable SSFDC(SolidStateFloppyDiskCard) PC storage cards. The SSFDC™ Card Reader is an ideal way to bridge the gap between your desktop PC and devices like digital cameras, personal digital assistants (PDAs), and handheld/palmtop PCs. No matter where you go, your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader allows you to easily bring your digital images and data with you. Just plug the SSFDCCard Reader into your computer’s IBM PC compatible parallel port and you’re ready to go in seconds.

Printer Pass-Through

Connector

DC Power

Parallel Port

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The SSFDCCard Reader is softwarecompatible with Windows® 95/98 and Windows® NT 4.0 operating systems. Mechanically and electronically, the SSFDCCard Reader supports IBM® PC compatible Standard,Bi-directional,and EPP (EnhancedParallelPort) parallel port configurations. The SSFDCCard Reader supports SSFDC cards up to 16MB.

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Special Features

Your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader includes these important features:

Easy to install and use; Simply plug and play

Supports SSFDC card’s up to 16MB

Remarkable high-speeddigital image and data transfer to computer

Portable and convenient to carry around for mobile photography and computing

Draw power from computer keyboard without need for auxiliary power sources (batteries or AC/DC adapter)

Specifically designed for digital cameras and also ideal for using with Palmtop PCs, Handheld PCs, PDAs, Voice Recorders and other mobile electronics

Hot swapping capacity for replacing SSFDCstorage cards without restarting the computer

Printer pass through for simultaneous printer use

Package Contents

Your SSFDCCard Reader package should contain the following items:

SSFDCCard Reader andpass-throughprinter connector

Software drivers

Keyboard power take-offcable

Keyboard power take-offcable adapter

User's guide

If any of the items are missing or damaged, please contact your Kingston dealer for a replacement. Be sure the items you receive are genuine Kingston Technology products. The SSFDCCard Reader has the Kingston name on its surface. If the Kingston name is missing, it’s not a genuine Kingston product.

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Hardware Installation

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Installing the SSFDCReader

The SSFDCCard Reader is designed to connect to your desktop PC’s IBM compatible parallel port. The instructions beginning below describe how to attach the SSFDCCard Reader to your PC.

Step 1. Parallel Port Connection

1.Place the computer’s power switch in the OFF position.

2.If present, place the printer’s power switch in the OFF position.

3.If present, remove the cable extending between your computer’s parallel port connector and your printer.

4.Plug the SSFDCCard Reader’s25-pinconnector into your computer’s parallel port connector. To make sure the SSFDCCard Reader does not pull loose, tighten the thumb screws as indicated below.

PORT

PARALLEL

Use the thumbscrews on each side of the connector to secure the device to your parallel port.

SSFDCReader to Parallel Port Connection

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Step 2. Printer Pass-ThroughConnection

1.As shown in the illustration below, the SSFDCCard Reader has a

printer pass-throughconnector that allows simultaneous use of the SSFDCCard Reader and your printer.

2.To use your printer, connect the parallel cable extending from the printer to the SSFDCCard Readerpass-throughconnector as shown below.

Use the thumbscrews on each side of the connector to secure the device to the parallel passthrough connector.

SSFDCReaderPass-Through

Printer Connection

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Step 3. DC Power for SSFDC™ Reader

1.In order to function, your SSFDCCard Reader requires a DC power source. The SSFDCCard Reader installation kit includes an

adapter cable that uses your computer’s keyboard connector to provide power to the SSFDCCard Reader. Connect this adapter cable to the SSFDCCard Reader as shown below.

DC Power Cable

SSFDCReader DC Power Connection

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2.For PS/2 style keyboards, you will attach the DC power cable as shown below. First, unplug the keyboard from your computer’s rear panel. Plug the “AT to PS/2 adapter” directly into the keyboard connector on your computer’s rear panel. Next, plug the end of the power adapter cable with AT connector into the “AT to PS/2 adapter” extending from the computer’s rear panel. The opposite end of the adapter cable with the PS/2 connector is where you must now plug in your keyboard.

Note: When power is applied, the LED on the SSFDCCard Reader will remain constantly lit. When a PC storage card is inserted or accessed the LED will blink.

PS/2 Connector

PS/2 Keyboard

Configuration

Plugs into the Cable extending from your PS/2 Keyboard

PS/2 to AT

Keyboard Adapter

PS/2 Keyboard Connection

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3.For AT style keyboards, you will attach the DC power cable as shown below. First, unplug your keyboard from the computer’s rear panel. Plug the end of power adapter cable with the AT connector directly into the keyboard connector on your computer’s rear panel. At the opposite end of the power adapter cable, plug in the “PS/2 to AT adapter” as shown in the illustration below. Now, plug the cable extending from your keyboard into the “PS/2 to AT adapter.

Note: When power is applied, the LED on the SSFDCCard Reader will remain constantly lit. When a PC storage card is inserted or accessed the LED will flicker.

AT Connector

AT Keyboard

Configuration

Plugs into the Cable extending from your AT Keyboard

PS/2 to AT

Keyboard Adapter

AT Keyboard Connection

4.The hardware installation is now complete.

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Inserting PC Storage Cards

Inserting SSFDC Cards

The illustrations below show the proper method of inserting SSFDCstorage cards into your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader. As indicated, you must always insert the card with its logo facing up

SSFDC Card

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The SSFDC’s metallic surface must face down when inserting the card into the adapter.

The card fully inserted into the adapter

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Software Installation

Software installation is the same for Windows 95/98 and NT 4.0 and takes only several minutes to complete. The software installation is performed as follows:

1.Properly connect the SSFDCCard Reader to your computer following the instructions outlined earlier in this document.

2.Install a SSFDCstorage card into the SSFDCCard Reader as described in the previous section.

3.Power-upyour computer and allow it to boot completely.

4.Install the software installation diskette provided with your SSFDCCard Reader into your diskette drive.

5.From the Start Menu select “RUN.”

6.In the Open dialog box, type “A:\SETUP.EXE” or you can use theBrowse button to select the Setup file from the diskette.

7.Follow all screen prompts, which include: Software license agreement, Parallel port sharing, file install location (default = C:\FLASHDSK), folder name (default = FlashDisk Installer), and begin copy files.

8.NT 4.0 installations have one additional prompt, which ask you to select the SCSI controller type. In most cases you will only have one choice “Kingston PC Card Reader.” Select OK to continue.

9.With the software installation complete, you must now restart your computer and your SSFDC Card Reader will be ready for use.

Hot Swapping

Your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader supports thehot swapping of SSFDCstorage cards. This means that while the computer is powered up, you can both remove and insert storage cards into the SSFDCCard Reader.

Windows 95/98 will automatically and immediately detect when a storage card is removed or inserted. If you double click on the My Computer icon, you will see all the storage devices attached to your computer. Each storage device is represented by its own icon. When you remove the storage card, the icon associated with that device will immediately disappear. When you insert

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another SSFDCstorage card into your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader, the icon representing that device will appear on the screen.

When using Windows NT 4.0, the icon representing the SSFDCstorage device will remain on the screen, even after the card is removed. When another storage card is inserted, you mustdouble-clickon the icon associated with that device in order for the new storage card to be recognized.

PC Storage Card High Level Format

SSFDCstorage cards are high levelpre-formattedprior to shipment; however, if for any reason you need to high level format your PC storage card, follow the procedure outlined below:

1.Double click on My Computer icon.

2.Move the cursor to the icon that represents your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader and click the right mouse button to activate thepop-upmenu.

Note: Make sure you select the correct icon! The icon for your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader will indicate it is a removable device (e.g., Removable Disk (E:)). You don’t want to inadvertently format the wrong device.

3.Select Format, and follow the instructions displayed on screen to format the PC storage card.

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Appendices

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Appendix A Troubleshooting

Appendix A Troubleshooting

This section describes problems you may encounter when installing your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader, as well as how to contact Kingston Technology if you require technical support.

Symptom

 

Possible Cause

 

Suggestion

Installation program cannot

(1.)

Power to the SSFDC

(1.)

Make sure the SSFDC

be successfully completed.

 

Reader is not installed

 

Reader’s power and

 

 

properly.

 

interface cables are all

 

(2.)

Defective devices or

(2.)

properly connected.

 

 

cables.

Try to install the

 

(3.)

Incompatible devices or

 

SSFDCReader on

 

 

cables.

 

another PC to ensure it is

 

 

 

 

working properly.

 

 

 

(3.)

Make sure you are using

 

 

 

 

the correct SSFDC

 

 

 

 

storage card.

SSFDC™ Reader cannot be

(1.)

Improper connection

(1.)

Check all connections

connected, Physical driver=0;

(2.)

SSFDCReader is not

(2.)

Check the power to the

Logical drive =0

 

powered-upproperly.

 

SSFDC

Reader.

 

 

 

 

 

(3.)

Conflict with other device's

(3.)

Assign different IRQ

 

 

IRQ number (such as

 

numbers to the device or

 

 

sound card).

 

add parameter to the

 

 

 

 

driver to either disable

 

 

 

 

IRQ or use other IRQ

 

 

 

 

setting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED is not lit.

(1.)

Power is not supplied to

(1.)

Check power connection.

 

 

device.

(2.)

The LED may be bad or

 

(2.)

The access LED is not

 

the SSFDCReader may

 

 

lighted when SSFDC

 

not be working properly.

 

 

Reader is accessed.

 

Replace the storage card

 

 

 

 

and try again.

Problem with printing jobs

(1.)

The fast printing option in

(1.)

Disable the fast printing

under Windows environment

 

Windows printer set up is

 

option in Windows

when printer is connected to

 

enabled.

 

printer set up.

SSFDCReader’s printer

 

 

 

 

 

 

pass-throughport. It does not

 

 

 

 

 

 

have this problem if the

 

 

 

 

 

 

printer is connected to host

 

 

 

 

 

 

computer directly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Appendix A Troubleshooting

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Parallel Port Conflict Window 95/98

If your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader cannot be installed under Windows 95/98:

1.and your LPT port address is 3BC.

Refer to your motherboard instructions, or added-onIO card instructions to change the LPT port address to 278 using IRQ 5, or 378 using IRQ 7. If other LPT port options exist, try using one of the other options.

2.If the Windows Device Manager indicates an IRQ assignment has a conflict after a Plug and Play Windows 95/98 or no IRQ is assigned (This may happen if some Windows 95/98 incompatible device is included inside the system), try:

Go to Device Manager in Windows 95/98 and try to change the parallel port assignment to IRQ 5 using port address 378 or IRQ 7 using port address 278.

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Appendix A Troubleshooting

How to Reach Kingston

If you have any problems, questions, or comments associated with installing or using your Kingston SSFDCCard Reader, please call Kingston Technology Technical Support to speak to a technician. For the latest file updates and information, access the Kingston BBS or Kingston’s Internet Web site using your modem. To receive immediate product information sent to you by fax, call Kingston’s RAMfaxservice and use the voice menu system to make your selections. The RAMfax server will call back to your office fax machine and send you the requested information immediately from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Technical Support: 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time Monday through Friday

(800) 435-0640or (714)435-2639

(714) 424-3939T/S fax

(714) 437-3310Network T/S fax

Kingston Europe: 8:00 to 17:00 GMT 44 0 1932 738800

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Austria: 0660 5569 phone 0660 7434 faxSwitzerland: 0800 557 748 phone 0800 552 182 fax

France: 0800 905 701 phone 0800 900 910 faxBelgium: 0800 72763 phone 0800 72763

BBS: Kingston’s Bulletin Board Service (714)435-2636,up to 28.8Kbps,8-N-1

Internet: Visit Kingston’s Web site athttp://www.kingston.com

For Product Information: sales@kingston.com

For Technical Support: tech_support@kingston.com

RAMfax: Automatic Faxback System (U.S. and Canada) (800)435-0056or (714)435-2677

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