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Dazzle®
Universal 8 in 1 Reader/Writer™
User’s Guide
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owners.
Revision C
2/5/03
Table of Contents
Introduction
Congratulations!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
What’s Included . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
About This Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
Getting Started
Minimum System Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Registering Your Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Hardware Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Software Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Software Installation on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Hardware Installation on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
Software Installation on a Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
Hardware Installation on a Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Using the Universal Reader/Writer
Digital Media Card Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a SmartMedia Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a CompactFlash Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Inserting a Memory Stick Card . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Accessing a Card on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Formatting a Card on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a Card on a PC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Mounting and Accessing a Card on a Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Formatting a Card on a Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Removing a Card on a Macintosh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
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Troubleshooting
Frequently Asked Questions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36
Technical Support
Dazzle’s North American Technical Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39
Dazzle’s European Technical Resource Center . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
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Introduction
Congratulations!
You have just purchased the Dazzle Hi-Speed Universal 8 in 1 Reader/Writer™.
The Dazzle Hi-Speed Universal 8 in 1 Reader/Writer (referred to as Universal Reader/
Writer throughout this guide) is the last reader you will ever need. The Universal Reader/
Writer can read and write to all the most common digital media types. Transferring pictures
and other files to your computer has never been faster or easier.
You can connect your Universal Reader/Writer to computers with USB 1.1 (Full-speed) or
USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed) ports. If your computer has a USB 2.0 port, data is transferred at a
much faster rate.
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What’s Included
Dazzle Installation CD
Base
Online Registration
(included on CD)
Universal Reader/Writer
OnDVD
User’s Guide
(Included on CD)
Universal Reader/Writer
User’s Guide
(Included on CD)
Warranty Certificate
Universal
Reader/Writer
Quickstart Guide
(included on inside
of packaging)
Dazzle’s North American
Technical Resource Center
Information
(Included on CD)
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About This Guide
This Guide explains how to use the Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer. Following is a
description of each section:
“Getting Started” lists the minimum system requirements for the Universal Reader/Writer,
explains how to register your Dazzle product, provides a hardware overview and a software
overview, and describes the software and hardware installation process for PC and
Macintosh computers.
“Using the Universal Reader/Writer” shows you how to insert, access, format, and remove
digital media cards on PC and Macintosh computers.
“Troubleshooting” provides solutions to possible problems and answers frequently asked
questions.
“Technical Support” provides information on Dazzle’s North American and European
Technical Resource Centers, and tells you how to contact Dazzle Technical Support.
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Getting Started
Minimum System Requirements
To use the Universal Reader/Writer, your computer system must meet the following
minimum requirements:
PC Requirements
USB Port
USB 2.0 port for maximum performance
500MHz or faster processor
Windows® 98 SE, Me, XP, or 2000
CD-ROM Drive (for driver software and bonus software installation)
1MB free disk space
Macintosh Requirements
G3 processor or faster (iMac, iBook, PowerBook, PowerMac G3 and G4)
USB Port
USB 2.0 port for maximum performance
Mac OS 9.x or higher
CD-ROM Drive (for software installation)
1MB free disk space
Dazzle OnDVD Software (PC Only) Requirements
500MHz or faster processor
50MB free disk space
Windows® 98 SE, 2000, Me, or XP
64MB RAM minimum (128MB recommended)
PC must have sound card
CD Burner for VCD creation
CD/DVD-ROM drive for software installation
DVD player must support Video CD format and either CD-R or CD-RW media
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Registering Your Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer
Thank you again for purchasing the Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer. In order for us to
better serve you, we encourage you to register your Universal Reader/Writer as soon as
possible. Registering your Universal Reader/Writer entitles you to the following benefits:
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Free periodic driver software updates (when available)
Technical Resources from Dazzle
Registering On a PC
To register on a PC, insert your Dazzle Installation CD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive, select
your language, and then click Install Dazzle OnDVD in the Installer Main menu. During the
OnDVD installation, the Product Registration Form appears (English only). For more information on the PC Installer, see “Installing the Software On a PC” on page 9.
When the Product Registration Form appears, click Register Online to register your Universal Reader/Writer on the Web or click Other Method to register by e-mail, modem, or fax.
Registering On a Macintosh
To register on a Macintosh, go to www.onlineregister.com/dazzle/cgi/index.cgi.
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Hardware Overview
The Universal Reader/Writer makes it easy to read files directly off digital media cards.
The Universal Reader/Writer can read/write CompactFlash Type l and ll, IBM Microdrive,
Memory Stick, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCards, and SD Cards. You can connect your
Universal Reader/Writer to computers with USB 1.1 (Full-speed) or USB 2.0 (Hi-Speed)
ports. If your computer has a USB 2.0 port, data is transferred at a much faster rate.
Access
Indicator
Memory Stick,
MultimediaCard
SD Card,
SmartMedia
Card Reader/Writer
CompactFlash,
IBM Microdrive
Media Reader/Writer
Universal Reader/Writer/Front View
USB Cable
Universal Reader/Writer/Rear View
Software Overview
Driver Software
The PC driver software is required for Windows 98 SE and 2000. It is not required for Windows Me or XP. The Macintosh driver software is required for Mac OS 9.x. It is not required
for Mac OS X (version 10.1.2 or above). If you are running a Mac OS X version prior to
10.1.2, please contact Apple for an upgrade. PC and Macintosh Installation instructions
are provided on the following pages.
Dazzle OnDVD (PCs only)
Digital cameras allow you to take an unlimited number of pictures that quickly pile up on
your computer and become difficult to manage. With OnDVD, you can take your digital pictures, arrange them in a timeline, edit your photos, add background music and burn a
slideshow to a CD which can be played back on a home DVD player. You can install OnDVD
following the instructions on page 11 of this guide. After installing OnDVD, you can launch
it from the Start>Programs>OnDVD menu. For a tutorial on creating Slideshows, refer to
your OnDVD User’s Guide (included on the Dazzle Installation CD).
*Adobe® Acrobat® Reader 5 is provided for PC and Macintosh users who do not have it
already installed on their systems. You need this application to read the supplied electronic users’ guides.
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Installing the Software On a PC
The Dazzle Installation CD includes the following PC software components:
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Hardware drivers (Windows 98 SE and 2000 only)
Dazzle OnDVD software
Adobe Acrobat Reader (required for electronic documentation)
Dazzle Technical Resource Center Information (North America only)*
Dazzle Products Demo
Dazzle Online Registration (English only)
Electronic Users” Guides
*For information on Dazzle’s European Technical Resource Center, see page 40 of this
guide. You can also find information on Dazzle’s North American Technical Resource Center on page 39 of this guide.
Important Note: To begin using your Universal Reader/Writer with Windows Me or XP, you
do not need to install any software. Simply connect the reader/writer to your computer’s
USB port and access your media using the Removable Disk icons located in My Computer, as explained later in this guide. If you are using Windows 98 SE or 2000 you must
follow the installation procedure below to install the required driver (before connecting the
Universal Reader/Writer).
To install the Dazzle software, follow the steps below. To avoid complications during the
installation process, please follow the steps in order.
1. Insert the Dazzle Installation CD in your computer’s CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive.
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The auto-run program launches the setup application and then the Language screen
appears, as shown in the example below for North America.
Note: The European installer also displays Italian and German.
If the installer does not begin automatically, open My Computer, double-click the drive
letter corresponding to your CD/DVD-ROM drive, and then double-click the Setup
application file.
2. Select your Language.
The Installer Main menu appears.
3. Click the Install 8 in 1 Reader button.
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The Install Drivers menu appears.
4. Click the Install Drivers button for your Operating System.
Depending on your Operating System, a confirmation dialog box may ask whether
you’re sure you want to install the driver.
A dialog box confirms the driver installation.
5. Click OK in the confirmation dialog box to complete the installation and return to the
Installer Main menu.
Important: If you want to install Dazzle OnDVD, click Install Dazzle OnDVD in the
Installer Main menu and follow the screen directions. During the OnDVD installation,
you can also install the Dazzle Demo software and register your Dazzle product.
For an OnDVD tutorial on creating Slideshows, refer to the supplied OnDVD User’s
Guide (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 5). If you do not have Acrobat 5 Reader
installed, click Install Acrobat Reader in the Installer Main menu and follow the screen
directions.
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Hardware Installation on a PC
After you install the Universal Reader/Writer software, you can install the hardware.
Connecting to a Computer’s USB Port
Connect the USB cable (attached to the back of the Universal Reader/Writer) to the USB
port on your computer.
Note: Be sure the cable is properly aligned before connecting and do not force the connection.
USB Port
Universal Reader/Writer
USB Cable
Back
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Connecting to a USB Hub
1. Connect the USB hub (purchased separately) to your computer's USB port.
2. Connect the Universal Reader/Writer USB cable to a port on the USB hub.
Note: Be sure the cable ends are properly aligned before connecting and do not force the
connection.
Enlarged View
Enlarged View
Connect USB cable from USB port on
USB hub to USB port on computer
Connect USB cable from
Universal Reader/Writer
to the USB port on the USB hub
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Installing the Software On a Macintosh
The Dazzle Installation CD includes the following Macintosh software components:
• Hardware drivers (Mac OS 9.x only)
• Adobe Acrobat Reader (required for electronic documentation)
• Dazzle North American Technical Resource Center Information*
• Dazzle Products Demo
• Dazzle Online Registration (English only)
• Electronic User’s Guide (English only)
*For information on Dazzle’s European Technical Resource Center, see page 40 of this
guide. You can also find information on Dazzle’s North American Technical Resource Center on page 39 of this guide.
Note: To begin using your Universal Reader/Writer with Mac OS 10.1.2 and above, you do
not need to install any software. Simply connect the reader/writer to your Mac’s USB port
and insert your media card.
To install the required drivers for Mac OS 9.x, follow the steps below. To avoid complications during the installation process, please follow the steps in order.
1. Start your Macintosh and close all open applications.
2. Insert the provided Universal Reader/Writer Installation CD in your Mac’s
CD-ROM/DVD-ROM drive.
3. Double-click the 8-In-1 Reader Drivers Installer Icon.
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A Splash screen appears.
4. Click Continue in the Splash screen.
A Read Me screen explains that the drivers are only required for Mac OS 9.x and are
not required for Mac OS 10.1.2 and above.
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5. Click Continue in the Read Me screen.
The License Agreement screen appears. To use the Universal Reader/Writer, you must
agree to the terms of the license.
6. Click Agree to accept the terms of the license agreement.
A dialog box (similar to the figure below) appears that says you may have to restart
your Macintosh after installing the software,
7. Click Yes to continue.
Your Macintosh begins the installation and a status bar displays the installation
progress.
Note: The driver installation should take only a few seconds.
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A final dialog box appears that says the installation was successful and your Macintosh needs to be restarted.
8. Click Restart in the dialog box to restart your Macintosh.
Important: To read the electronic documentation, you need Adobe Acrobat Reader 5. If
you do not have Acrobat Reader 5 installed, follow the steps below:
• Insert your Installation CD in your CD/DVD-ROM drive
• Open the Acrobat Reader Folder
• Double-click the Reader Installer icon
• Click the Continue button
• Click the Install button to install Acrobat Reader 5.
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Hardware Installation on a Macintosh
Connecting to a Macintosh USB Port
Connect the USB cable (attached to the back of the Universal Reader/Writer) to the USB
port on your Macintosh.
Note: Be sure the cable is properly aligned before connecting and do not force the connection.
Connect the USB cable
from the Universal
Reader/Writer directly to
the USB port on your
Macintosh
Enlarged View
Enlarged
View
Connect the USB cable
from the Universal
Reader/Writer directly to
the USB port on your
Macintosh
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Connecting to a USB Hub
1. Connect the USB hub (purchased separately) to your Macintosh USB port.
2. Connect the USB connector of the reader/writer to a port on the USB hub.
Note: Be sure the cable ends are properly aligned before connecting and do not force the
connection.
Enlarged View
Enlarged View
Connect USB cable from USB port on
USB hub to USB port on computer
Connect USB cable from
Universal Reader/Writer
to the USB port on the USB hub
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Using the Universal Reader/Writer
This section explains how to use the Universal Reader/Writer with digital media cards.
8MB
MEMORY STICK
Digital FlashFilm
128MB
LOCK
SD/MMC
SmartMedia*
Memory Stick
SD/MMC
SmartMedia*
Memory Stick
CompactFlash
Microdrive
SD/MMC
SmartMedia*
Memory Stick
*SmartMedia 3.3 Volt Only
Digital Media Card Compatibility
The Universal Reader/Writer is compatible with the following digital media cards:
• SSFDC Smart Media cards (3.3 Volt only), in current capacities of up to 128MB
• All current CompactFlash cards and cards in the CF II and CF+Type II formats, such as
the IBM Microdrive
• Most MultiMediaCards and Secure Digital formats
• Memory Stick and MagicGate Memory Stick media
Note: Secure mode of Sony MagicGate is not supported.
Important: The Universal Reader/Writer’s left media slot accepts SmartMedia, Secure
Digital, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick cards. You can insert only one of the four
supported media types at one time.
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Inserting a SmartMedia Card
Before you insert a SmartMedia card, be sure to place the Universal Reader/Writer in it’s
base with the Dazzle logo on the right side. If you plan on writing to or deleting from your
SmartMedia card, make sure the card is not locked. To insert a SmartMedia Card, follow
these steps:
1. Position the SmartMedia card in the direction shown in the illustration below.
Note: The Universal Reader/Writer accepts only 3.3V SmartMedia cards. It does not
support 5V SmartMedia cards.
2. Insert the card in the left media slot with the gold contacts on the left side. The card’s
notch must be located at the top corner.
Notice the notched corner of the SmartMedia card. The notch appears on the
right-hand side when you are looking directly at the gold contacts on the top of a 3.3V
SmartMedia card (see the illustration below).
Caution: Be careful not to insert the SmartMedia card in the wrong direction. Be sure
to insert the SmartMedia card with the gold contacts on the left side. If it is forced in,
the reader/writer or the SmartMedia card may be damaged, or data on the card may
be lost or corrupted. If the computer does not recognize the media, or if it does not fit
correctly, re-position the card and try reinserting it.
3. Gently push the card in all the way until it locks in place.
SmartMedia Card Comparison (view of cards from top)
Right notch
indicates 3.3V card
Left notch
indicates 5V card
Gold contacts
Gold contacts
Write protect
area
5V SmartMedia card
(not compatible)
3.3V SmartMedia card
(compatible)
Write protect
area
Notch on top
Insert the SmartMedia
card in the left slot
with the gold contacts
inserted first and facing to
the left
SmartMedia
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Inserting a CompactFlash Card
Before you insert a CompactFlash Card, be sure to place the Universal Reader/Writer in
it’s base with the Dazzle logo on the right-hand side. To insert a CompactFlash Card, follow
these steps:
1. Position the CompactFlash card in the direction shown in the illustration below.
2. Insert the card in the right media slot with the connectors facing inward.
Make sure you position the card properly. All CompactFlash card manufacturers adhere
to a specification that requires a positive keying of the card.
Caution: Be careful not to insert the CompactFlash card in the wrong direction.
Make sure the connectors are facing inward and the card is not inserted upside down.
If it is forced in, the reader/writer or CompactFlash card may be damaged or data on
the card may be lost or corrupted.
3. Gently push the card in all the way until it locks in place.
The card slides in on the molded rails and you should feel a slight amount of
resistance as the connectors make contact.
Important: If excessive force is required or the card just doesn’t seem to fit, do not
force the card in the reader. Contact the Dazzle Technical Resource Center for
assistance.
Insert the CompactFlash
Card with connectors
facing in
Digital FlashFilm
128MB
Compact Flash
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Inserting a MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital Card
Before you insert a MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital Card, be sure to place the Universal
Reader/Writer in it’s base with the Dazzle logo on the right-hand side. If you plan on writing
to or deleting from a Secure Digital card, make sure the card is not locked. To insert a
MultiMedia or Secure Digital Card, follow these steps:
1. Position the MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital card in the direction shown in the
illustration below.
A portion of the left media slot is designed for the insertion of MultiMediaCard/Secure
Digital cards.
2. Insert the card in the left media slot with the gold contacts on the right side.
Important: Notice the notched corner of the MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital card and
do not insert the MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital card in the wrong direction. To insert
properly, be sure that the card’s recessed notch is located in the upper corner.
You should see the media’s gold contacts on the right when inserting it into the slot.
3. Push the card in all the way until it locks in place.
Caution: Insert the card gently. If it is forced in, the reader/writer or the actual card
may be damaged, or data on the card may be lost or corrupted. If excessive force is
required, or the card just doesn’t seem to fit, do not force the card in the reader.
Contact the Dazzle Technical Resource Center for assistance.
To utilize advanced features of Secure Digital cards as well as locking and encryption
features, please refer to the documentation provided with your Secure Digital card or
host device.
MultiMediaCard
Secure Digital
MultiMediaCard/Secure
slot
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Inserting a Memory Stick Card
Before you insert a Memory Stick Card, be sure to place the Universal Reader/Writer in
it’s base with the Dazzle logo on the right-hand side. If you plan on writing to or deleting
from your Memory Stick card, make sure the card is not locked. The lock tab is located on
the bottom of the card. To insert a Memory Stick Card, follow these steps:
1. Position the Memory Stick in the direction shown in the illustration below.
A portion of the left media slot is designed for inserting Memory Stick media cards.
This portion utilizes the center of the media slot for Memory Stick insertion.
2. Insert the Memory Stick in the left media slot with the gold contacts facing to the
right.
Important: Notice the rounded corner of the Memory Stick card and be careful not to
insert the card in the wrong direction. To insert properly, be sure the card is positioned
with the rounded corner on the bottom. You should see the gold contacts on the right
side when inserting the media into the slot.
3. Gently push the Memory Stick in all the way until the card locks in place.
Caution: Insert the Memory Stick gently. If it is forced in, the reader/writer or the
Memory Stick may be damaged, or data on the card may be lost or corrupted. If
excessive force is required, or the card just doesn’t seem to fit, do not force the card
in the reader. Contact the Dazzle Technical Resource Center for assistance.
Note: The secure mode of Sony MagicGate is not supported.
LOCK
Memory Stick
Note: The card’s
rounded corner must
be located at the bottom
when inserting.
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Accessing a Card on a PC
Depending on your software version, when the Universal Reader/Writer is connected to
your PC, either two or four Removable Disk icons appear in My Computer (with newly
assigned drive letters). If four Removable Disk icons appear, the first icon represents
CompactFlash/Microdrive cards (right slot) and the second, third, and fourth icons
represent MultiMediaCard/Secure Digital, SmartMedia, and Memory Stick cards
respectively (left slot). If two Removable Disk icons appear, the first icon represents the
right slot (CompactFlash/Microdrive) and the second icon represents the left slot
(SmartMedia, Secure Digital/MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick). The example below
shows a system with four Removable Disk icons.
Hint: In Windows Me, XP, or 2000, you can rename the Removable Disk icons to represent
the corresponding media type. Simply right-click on the icon, select Rename from the
popup menu, and enter the desired name.
Universal Reader/Writer
Removable Disk icons
Note: If you are running Windows XP and you insert a digital media card, a dialog box
appears that asks what you want to do with the files on the Removable Disk. You can
access the files by selecting from several options. This is a default feature of Windows XP.
For all other supported versions of Windows (including XP) you can access a card as
follows:
1. Double-click on the card’s Removable Disk icon.
The contents of the media card appear. You can then access the data on the card.
Digital cameras usually create one or more folders on a digital media card, which
contains your digital images. To display a digital image, open the folder(s), then
double-click on the icon(s) representing the digital image(s) you want to view.
Note: If a card is not inserted when you double-click a Removable Disk icon, a
message appears that says: Device not ready or Please insert a disk. If you see this
message, insert a card and try accessing the media again.
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2. To transfer files between your computer and a card, use the basic Windows file
transfer functions. For example, drag and drop or copy and paste files from your
computer to a card or from a card to your computer.
Important: The Universal Reader/Writer’s left slot accepts only one of the four
supported media types at a time. You can insert either SmartMedia,
Secure Digital, MultiMediaCard, or Memory Stick media into the left slot of the
Universal Reader/Writer at any one time. However, you can use both the
CompactFlash slot (right slot) and the left slot concurrently.
Formatting a Card on a PC
Sometimes it may be more convenient to format a digital media card in the Universal
Reader/Writer rather than in your original digital device. In some cases, your device may
not have a format option, or you may be required or prompted to format a card. To format
a digital media card in the Universal Reader/Writer, follow the steps below.
Caution: Formatting a CompactFlash, SmartMedia, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital, or
Memory Stick card completely erases any data stored on the card. If there are important
images or files you want to safeguard for later use, save a backup copy on your hard drive,
CD-R drive, or other type of removable media before formatting a card.
Formatting CompactFlash, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital,
SmartMedia and Memory Stick Cards
Note: The screenshots below may vary slightly from those on your computer.
1. Right-click on the Removable Disk icon that corresponds to your media type, then
select Format from the pop-up menu.
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The Format window appears for your operating system.
2. Select the desired format type (Quick or Full) in the Format window.
Important Note: If you are using a CompactFlash card with Windows XP, choose FAT
from the File System drop-down menu. This ensures the correct format for digital cameras and other digital devices.
3. Click Start in the Format window.
A warning dialog box informs you that formatting erases all your data.
4. Click OK in the warning dialog box.
The formatting operation begins. When formatting is completed, a confirmation dialog
box appears.
5. Click OK in the confirmation dialog box.
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Removing a Card on a PC
Before you remove a digital media card, make sure that the Access Indicator at the front
of the Universal Reader/Writer is not flashing. The Indicator flashes when the Reader/
Writer is reading or writing data on a card. Please wait until the read/write operations are
complete and the Indicator stops flashing before you remove a card. Removing a card
during read/write access causes lost or corrupted data. To remove a card, grasp the end
of the card with your thumb and index fingers, and remove it from the appropriate slot.
Mounting and Accessing a Card on a Macintosh
After you insert a card on a Macintosh, a distinct icon appears on the Mac OS desktop.
This is the mounted state, which enables read and write operations for the card. After
inserting a card, the time required for mounting depends on the type and brand of card.
Usually, a card mounts on the desktop within a few seconds.
You can access a mounted card just like a floppy or other type of removable disk. Doubleclick the icon to open it's respective file window. For example, in the screen shot below an IBM 340MB Microdrive was inserted into the Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer. Doubleclicking on the Microdrive icon shows that it contains 10 high resolution TIF images from
a professional digital camera. The images stored on this Microdrive can be copied,
opened, edited, deleted, and so forth. With the Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer, audio and
video files, cell phone databases, and more can now be shared easily between your digital
device (camera, cell phone, MP3 player, etc.) and your Macintosh.
Note: The desktop below differs slightly for Mac OS X, but the procedure for accessing a
card is the same.
Removable Disk icon
(example shown represents
IBM 340MB Microdrive)
Note: Files on a card can
be accessed by double-clicking
on the card’s icon.
IMPORTANT: If you are running Mac OS 9.x, be sure you installed the Universal Reader/
Writer drivers before using the reader/writer. Also be sure the Apple "File Exchange" control panel is set to load in your system folder - you can activate it using the Apple "Extensions Manager" control panel.
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Formatting a Card on a Macintosh
Sometimes it may be more convenient to format a digital media card in the Universal
Reader/Writer rather than in your original digital device. In some cases, your device may
not have a format option, or you may be required or prompted to format a card. To format
a digital media card in the Universal Reader/Writer, follow the steps below.
Caution: Formatting a card completely erases any data stored on the card. If there are
important images or files you want to safeguard for later use, save a backup copy on your
hard drive, CD-R drive, or other type of removable media before formatting a card.
Formatting a Card Using Mac OS 9.x
To format a digital media card in the Universal Reader/Writer using Mac OS 9.x, follow the
steps below.
Note: The screenshots below may vary slightly from those on your computer.
1. Mount the card you want to format and click once on its icon to select it.
2. Select Erase Disk in the Special menu.
Formatting a card completely erases any data on the card. A confirmation dialog box
asks whether you want to completely erase the card.
3. Click Erase to format the card or click Cancel to quit.
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Formatting a Card Using Mac OS X
To format a digital media card in the Universal Reader/Writer using Mac OS X, follow the
steps below.
1. Choose Applications from the Go menu.
The Applications window appears.
2. Double-click the Utilities icon.
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The Utilities window appears.
3. Double-click the Disk Utility icon.
The Mac OS X Disk Utility window appears. In this window, you can test, repair,
and/or erase a partition or disk.
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4. Insert your digital media card in the Universal Reader/Writer.
The card mounts on your Mac desktop and appears as a disk icon.
The card also registers in the Disk Utility, and its disk icon and disk volume icon appear
in the Disk Utility window’s left pane, as shown in the example below.
NOTE: If the volume icon does not appear, simply click the disk icon (see the illustration below). If you insert two digital media cards in your Universal Reader/Writer, two
disk icons and two volume icons appear.
Disk Icon
Volume Icon
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5. Select the disk icon in the Disk Utility window, then click the Erase tab.
The Erase instructions and related information appear in the Disk Utility window.
6. Click on the Volume Format box, then choose MS-DOS File System from the dropdown menu.
Important: Do not specify a name in the Name field. The Disk Utility retains the existing volume name or provides a default volume name. Your digital device was probably
the last device to format the card and may have labeled the volume with a specific
name to ensure proper operation. In such a case, if you change the volume name, you
may have to re-format the card when you reinsert it in the original digital device.
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7. Click the Erase button in the Disk Utility window.
A warning dialog box informs you that erasing the disk destroys any data on the disk.
8. Click the Erase button in the warning dialog box to format the card, or click Cancel to
quit.
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Removing a Card on a Macintosh
Before you remove a digital media card, be sure that the Access Indicator at the front of
the Universal Reader/Writer is not flashing. The Indicator flashes when the Universal
Reader/Writer is reading or writing data on a card. Please wait until the read/write operations are complete and the Indicator stops flashing before you remove a card. Removing
a card during read/write access causes lost or corrupted data.
1. To remove a card, drag the card icon and drop it onto the trash icon.
Note: The icons below and their desktop locations differ slightly for Mac OS X.
The card icon disappears from the desktop. A dialog box similar to the one below appears.
It is now safe to remove the card.
Note: The dialog box below does not appear in Mac 0S X and higher.
2. Click OK in the dialog box, then grasp the end of the card with your thumb and index
fingers, and remove it from the appropriate slot.
Caution: Do not remove a mounted card without first dragging the card icon to the trash.
Improper removal can corrupt the data stored on your card. If removed improperly, a warning message may state that there is a problem with the media and prompt you to check
the disk for data loss.
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Troubleshooting
Frequently Asked Questions
If you experience difficulties with your Universal Reader/Writer, please check the
troubleshooting section below for possible solutions. If the problems persist, please go to
page 39 for information on Dazzle’s North American Technical Support, or page 40 for
information on Dazzle’s European Technical Support.
During installation, my Universal Reader/Writer is connected to my computer’s USB
port, but does not find the required drivers.
PC
Before connecting the Universal Reader/Writer to your computer’s USB port, you must
install the reader/writer driver software (if required). Windows Me and XP do not require
the driver installation. Driver installation is required for Windows 98 SE and 2000. The
driver software for is provided on the Installation CD. For installation instructions, please
refer to “Installing the Software On a PC” on page 9 of this user’s guide.
Macintosh
Before connecting the Universal Reader/Writer to your computer’s USB port, you must
install the reader/writer driver software (if required). Mac OS 10.1.2 and above does not
require driver installation (if you are running a version of Mac OS X prior to version 10.1.2,
please contact Apple for an upgrade). Driver installation is required for Mac 9.x. The
software for Mac 9.x is located on the provided installation CD-ROM. For installation
instructions, please refer to “Installing the Software On a Macintosh” on page 14 of this
user’s guide.
I installed the required driver software (where necessary) and the Universal Reader/
Writer is connected to my computer’s USB port, but nothing happens when I insert my
digital media card.
PC
The Universal Reader/Writer is accessed as a removable disk, as described in “Accessing
a Card on a PC” on page 25 of this user’s guide. If you are running Windows XP, and you
insert a digital media card, a dialog box asks what you want to do with the files on the
Removable Disk. You can select from several options. This is a default feature of Windows
XP.
When using Windows 98 SE, Me, or 2000 you must access a digital media card through
its Removable Disk icon. You do this by opening My Computer where two Removable Disk
icons appear that represent your Universal Reader/Writer. Double-click on the respective
Removable Disk icon to display the contents of the media inserted in your reader/writer.
This is where your digital images or data are located.
Digital cameras usually create one or more folders on a digital media card, which contains
your digital images. Depending on the digital camera you have, the folder names can vary.
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Double-click on the respective folder name to access the digital images located in the
folder. You can display a preview by double-clicking on one of the image icons.
Macintosh
After you insert a card on a Macintosh, a distinct icon appears on the Mac OS desktop.
This is the mounted state, which enables read and write operations for the media.
Depending on the media used, the mounting time can vary. Opening the media icon provides access to the images stored on the respective media card.
When I insert a digital media card in my Universal Reader/Writer, I cannot access my
data.
Begin by placing the Universal Reader/Writer in its base with the reader/writer media slots
facing toward you and the Dazzle Logo on the right-hand side.
If you are using a SmartMedia card, be sure to insert the card into the Universal Reader/
Writer with the gold contacts facing to the left. For more information on inserting your
SmartMedia card, please refer to “Inserting a SmartMedia Card” on page 21 of this
user’s guide.
If you are using a MultiMediaCard or a Secure Digital card, be sure to insert the card with
the gold contacts facing to the right. For more information on inserting your
MultiMediaCard or Secure Digital card, please refer to “Inserting a MultiMediaCard or
Secure Digital Card” on page 23" of this user’s guide.
If you are using a CompactFlash card or IBM Microdrive, be sure to insert the card with the
card manufacturer’s label facing to the right and the CompactFlash
connectors facing inward. For more information on inserting a CompactFlash card or an
IBM Microdrive, please refer to “Inserting a CompactFlash Card” on page 22 of this
user’s guide.
If you are using a Memory Stick card, be sure to insert the media with the gold
contacts facing to the right. For more information on inserting Memory Stick cards, please
refer to “Inserting a Memory Stick Card” on page 24 of this user’s guide.
How do I copy a file from a digital media card to my computer?
PC
You can copy images and data from the Universal Reader/Writer to your computer using
basic Windows file transfer functions. For example, you can drag and drop or copy and
paste files from the Universal Reader/Writer to your computer.
For information regarding drag and drop, as well as copy and paste, please refer to your
Windows Help file, or Help and Support in Windows XP. You can find the Windows Help file
and Help and Support under the Start button located in the lower left corner of your
desktop. After you open Windows Help, click on the Index tab to display the contents of
Windows Help. Then scroll down to, and double-click on copying files, folders. To access
help information in Help and Support on Windows XP, simply enter copy and paste in the
search box.
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Macintosh
You can access a mounted card just like a floppy or other type of removable disk. Doubleclick the card’s icon to open it's respective file window. Then hold down the option key and
drag and drop the desired images from the card to the location of your choice.
When I try to write to a Memory Stick, SD, or SM card, an error message appears.
Make sure the card’s lock tab is not in the lock position. When this tab is in the lock
position, the card is locked and therefore write-protected. You cannot write to or delete
from a card until you move the tab to the unlocked position.
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Technical Support
Dazzle’s North American Technical Resource Center
The Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer is easy to use and normally should not produce
complications. However, if you need assistance or have questions of any kind, our trained
staff members are ready to help. Visit www.Dazzle.com and use the Support menu item to
access Dazzle’s various support resources. We highly recommend that you use the Dazzle
Interactive Knowledgebase, as this is the fastest method of accessing support resources
for your Dazzle product. E-mail support is also available via our Interactive
Knowledgebase.
Dazzle's Technical Resource Center can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
If you are calling for the first time, or if you are within your 30 day free technical support
window (includes the date of your first support call and the 29 days following), contact
Dazzle at (203) 315-4230.
If you have extended beyond your free 30 day technical support window, contact Dazzle at
(800) 570-9548 (charges apply). We highly recommend having your computer nearby when
calling to facilitate troubleshooting.
If you wish to contact Dazzle’s Technical Resource Center via fax, you may do so at
(203) 483-5985.
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Dazzle’s European Technical Resource Centers
The Dazzle Universal Reader/Writer is easy to use and normally should not produce complications. However, if you need assistance or have questions of any kind, our trained staff
members are ready to help. We highly recommend that you first check the Dazzle Europe
website at www.Dazzle-Europe.com or the Dazzle German website at
www.Dazzle.de for updates and downloads for your Dazzle product. E-mail support is also
available via the Dazzle Europe and German websites..
If you have checked the Dazzle website for updates and downloads and if you have been
unable to resolve your difficulties or answer your questions via E-mail, please contact the
local technical resource center using the phone numbers provided below.
Germany:
0190 89 5021 (€1, 86/Min)
Austria:
0900 97 1124 (€1, 88/Min)
Switzerland:
0900 57 6003 (SFR 3, 13/Min)
France:
0 825 023 308
(0,118 € /Min) TTC/MN
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United Kingdom:
09062 160 180 (25p/Min)
Italy:
If you have checked the Dazzle website for updates and downloads and if you have been
unable to resolve your difficulties or answer your questions via E-mail, please contact local
support using the phone numbers listed on our website at www.Dazzle-Europe.com. Click
the Support link and select Contact from the provided menu.
Spain:
+34 90 112 0247
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