Wow, a triple-post! I feel like such a jerk.
Anyways, I played around with this thing a bit more. I plugged the card reader back in, hoping (fruitlessly?) that if I can get the reader working, that will solve whatever conflicts are occurring. I downloaded the reader's updated drivers from their website (http://www.linkskey.com/detail.php?Productid=200)
, but they did not work. However, this failed attempt did lead me to realize something strange...
The reader has two LED lights on its front panel. One is always lit, and the other lights up when you have a card plugged into it. The reader should have its light turned on at all times while it is plugged in. However, my reader, plugged in, does not have its lights turned on. My PC is recognizing the fact that it is plugged in, asking me the drivers and such, but the light will not come on.
When I first plugged it in last night, the light did come on, and I believe it remained on until after I rebooted the first time.
So does this sound strange to any of you? Is my mobo not putting out enough power to the USB pinouts? Is my mobo's USB onboard connector pinout fried? (I tried the reader in all three connectors, to no avail). Or do you think that the missing or corrupt driver is a crucial component when it comes to the reader's light being on?
Seriously, I apologize for the triple-post. If it is a huge deal, I can merge and delete. I just thought it would be better to keep these separate thoughts in their own individual posts.
As always, thank you for any help you can provide.
I forgot to mention, when I run the Linksky driver setup program, it pops up a message stating "Please plug in your Card Reader". This seems like a strange message for it to give to me if my card reader was in fact being fully recognized by my pc.
One other question... if I went ahead and plugged three USB devices into the USB onboard connectors (two USB devices that came with the mobo, and the case usb device), thus taking up all of the available connectors, do you think that would be useful in analyzing anything? Do you think it could possibly cause the problem to clear up, or would it be in vain?