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Default Re: OSX SD Card Capacity Limit on Dell Mini 9? - 05-03-2009, 05:20 PM

I have a 32GB SD card and it works.

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Default Re: OSX SD Card Capacity Limit on Dell Mini 9? - 05-03-2009, 07:37 PM

Originally Posted by gQstatus05
I have a 32GB SD card and it works.
Which brand & type of card do you have?

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Default Re: OSX SD Card Capacity Limit on Dell Mini 9? - 05-03-2009, 08:14 PM

A 4GB SanDisk Ultra II that's marked SDHC is the first one that I tested. I'm not sure where to measure the speed at, but it seems to be going just as fast as my usb keys. I used DellEFI 1.1 and loaded OSX directly onto my Runcore from a mac if that helps.
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Default Re: OSX SD Card Capacity Limit on Dell Mini 9? - 05-04-2009, 01:04 AM

Originally Posted by dchao
I think you have a corrupted SD card driver.

Try downloading the latest version of DellEFI from GoogleCode, and re-run DellEFI again. I use the 1.1 final release, and it works fine.
Thank you to all who replied to my OP - those who listed 8, 16, & 32gb cards that you have that work (which gave me confidence that if I just kept looking, I'd find the reason), but especially to dchao for the link out to the GoogleCode repository that until his post, I did not know existed.

Here's how I resolved my problem:

=I downloaded and installed the DellEFI 1.1 final release from the GoogleCode repository. No help.
=I downloaded and installed the DellEFI 1.2a5 alpha release from the GoogleCode repository. No help.
=I was discouraged at this point, of course, but kept searching. Found an SDHC detection test tool at ... tml#p20187 (thanks, km9) Ran the tool, but didn't quite understand the output. Even so, AFAICT, it looked as if I indeed had a corrupted driver, so I kept looking for an appropriate kext.
=Found at
=Tried to install the kext directly, but failed. Used Terminal and Kext Helper, but must have screwed it up. Gave up on "sudo"
="Fiddled around" (sorry, best I can describe it) to replace this kext into the DellEFI 1.1 file I had downloaded. (A lot of WinRAR, Magic ISO, Img Burn, and a couple CD-R coasters, but I finally did it)
=Reran the modified DellEFI 1.1, rebooted, and presto! It works.

I wish I could document the precise step by step process. But I had so many failures that the only thing that was successful was the last thing I tried, which I'm explaining as well as I recall just in case anyone else runs onto the same problem. From the number of posts in this thread which refer to "it just works," I may have had a one-off issue of some sort. But I couldn't let it go without saying thanks to all who offered help.

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Default 05-13-2009, 10:53 PM

I got an issue with the operating system (OSX) freezing as soon as I insert an SD or SDHC card. I'm running 10.5.6 and DellEFI 1.1

no SD cards out of two have worked et. I've tried a regular 1Gb SDcard from Kingston an a Sandisk Ultra II 16Gb SDHC Card that I got yesterday.

The Mouse pointer freezes as soon as you insert an SDcard. If you remove it the system continues as normal. I don't know the reason behind this. But it seems I'm not the onl one having this particular issue.

I even tried to roll back to a clean installation to see if it was some driver related thing but none of the cards work.

Anybody know of a solution yet?
Or at least is experiencing the same thing?
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Default 05-14-2009, 02:13 AM

So what it comes down to, it sounds like, is that DellEFI either doesn't have the latest driver from km9 for the SD slot (most likely) or the driver got garbled at some point.. Someone should let bmaltais know.. Maybe he'll swap in the new driver in 1.1 and come out with a 1.1b or something.

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Default 05-14-2009, 02:56 AM

Question: Am I better to get some HDSC cards (Class 6) to store movies to play with quicktime on the road, or would USB thumb drives be just as fast (and cheaper?)

I'm just trying to figure out the best way to carry DVD's I want to watch while I travel for work, don't want to invest a lot in 3 or 4 cards/usb drives that turn out to be the wrong way to go.
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Default 05-14-2009, 03:04 AM

Originally Posted by SkyWriter View Post
i have a 16gb class 6 transcend card formatted with Mac OS Extended (Journaled). i never remove it, and never have a problem.
Same here. I also have a 4 GB & a couple of 2 GB that work fine.

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Default 05-14-2009, 05:20 AM

my 16gb works great!
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Default SD Card - 05-14-2009, 02:54 PM

I found a 16GB "el cheapo" that is branded "Elite Pro 16GB High Speed Memory Card" that I snagged for no more than $15 on eBay for a camera that I own. I formatted it for the MiniMac 9 and it works just fine. It may be a little slow, but I just use the SD for archival stuff anyway. No problems here.

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