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Micro SD Cards

Mai-KeroMai-Kero Registered User regular
edited May 2007 in Games and Technology
So, I heard a rumor that 2 gig micro-SD cards are very unreliable, and have a tendency to get corrupted or stop working.

Is this true? Should I just get a 1 gig from newegg for my new phone, or go for the 2 gig?

side question: where can I find the codec sound so I can turn it into a ringtone?

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    chasmchasm Ill-tempered Texan Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    My brother's been using the same micro-SD 2gig card in his SK3 for the last 5 months without any stability issues.

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    manwhichmanwhich Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Ive had the same 2gb mini for about a year now in my Q and I load and take off files on it all the time and its given me no problems.

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    Dublo7Dublo7 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I've got a 2 gig Kingston for my DS. I've had no problems at all.

    I've had it for about 3-4 months.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    2 gig cards generally have slower access times, but unless you're using it for DS homebrew or something you probably won't be able to tell.

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    CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    If you end up with a pirated card off of eBay, yeah, you'll have problems. Buy one the next time Fry's has a 2GB one for $35 and you'll just have to deal with slow access times (not a concern for MP3 and ringtones). Me? I just loaded up on 1GB Kingston ones from Buy.com a few days ago ($5 after rebate, two per address). Fry's has $15 Patriot 1GB MicroSD + MiniSD adapter + SD adapter (unsure whether the SD adapter adapts mini or microSD, but the other adapter means that it doesn't matter).

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    mr_ekimmr_ekim Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Actually there has been quite a few complaints about >1GB microSD cards a few months back, but it was mostly related to the actual device itself not being able to address more than 1GB correctly. I would check to see if the phone has a firmware problem with large microSD cards or is incompatible with certain manufacturers.

    As for your codec ringtones, take your pick:

    MGS Codec: http://unangelic.org/stupidlogic/uploads/codec.wav
    MGS3 Codec: http://rapidshare.com/files/27272701/MGS3codec.mp3.html

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    carbon13carbon13 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    No use to the thread, but I have the codec as my ringtone, and Navi shouting "hey! listen!" at me when I get a text message.

    Oh yes, I'm THAT cool.

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    ArugulaZArugulaZ Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Can you believe the size of these memory cards? It's totally unreal. Who ever would have thought that they'd get two gigs of storage into a card the size of your fingernail? My first hard drive didn't have 1/200ths that much storage, and it was about two hundred times larger!

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    LuxLux Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I'm new at this phone business, so I'm glad this topic came up.

    I'm about to buy a MicroSD card for my new phone (old one couldnt do shit). I want to put some music on it. Do I need to get some kind device to transfer that, since my laptop doesn't have a MicroSD slot of any kind? Or can I do that kind of transfer via Bluetooth?

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    mntorankusumntorankusu I'm not sure how to use this thing.... Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Lux wrote: »
    I'm new at this phone business, so I'm glad this topic came up.

    I'm about to buy a MicroSD card for my new phone (old one couldnt do shit). I want to put some music on it. Do I need to get some kind device to transfer that, since my laptop doesn't have a MicroSD slot of any kind? Or can I do that kind of transfer via Bluetooth?
    Whether you can transfer by Bluetooth depends on the phone, but most microSD cards come with an adapter to make it fit in a standard SD slot, if you've got one of those. If you don't have one of those either, you can get an SD card reader/writer for a few bucks at Newegg or similar sites.

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    WoodroezWoodroez Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    mr_ekim wrote: »
    Actually there has been quite a few complaints about >1GB microSD cards a few months back, but it was mostly related to the actual device itself not being able to address more than 1GB correctly. I would check to see if the phone has a firmware problem with large microSD cards or is incompatible with certain manufacturers.

    As for your codec ringtones, take your pick:

    MGS Codec: http://unangelic.org/stupidlogic/uploads/codec.wav
    MGS3 Codec: http://rapidshare.com/files/27272701/MGS3codec.mp3.html

    I vouch for this man. After I got my phone, I updated the firmware. The update actually addressed this exact subject, adding support to 2 gigs. I have yet to get a 2 gig card though...don't exactly need a mass media device aside from my flash key or an mp3 player.

    I have the codec as my ringtone too. Might check those out, since mine frankly sounds a bit thin.

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    King KongKing Kong Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    We need a damn ringtone thread although I think the laws that be wouldn't allow it.

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    NickTheNewbieNickTheNewbie Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    CZroe wrote: »
    If you end up with a pirated card off of eBay, yeah, you'll have problems. Buy one the next time Fry's has a 2GB one for $35 and you'll just have to deal with slow access times (not a concern for MP3 and ringtones). Me? I just loaded up on 1GB Kingston ones from Buy.com a few days ago ($5 after rebate, two per address). Fry's has $15 Patriot 1GB MicroSD + MiniSD adapter + SD adapter (unsure whether the SD adapter adapts mini or microSD, but the other adapter means that it doesn't matter).



    Is that rebate still good? How can i get it?

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    CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    CZroe wrote: »
    If you end up with a pirated card off of eBay, yeah, you'll have problems. Buy one the next time Fry's has a 2GB one for $35 and you'll just have to deal with slow access times (not a concern for MP3 and ringtones). Me? I just loaded up on 1GB Kingston ones from Buy.com a few days ago ($5 after rebate, two per address). Fry's has $15 Patriot 1GB MicroSD + MiniSD adapter + SD adapter (unsure whether the SD adapter adapts mini or microSD, but the other adapter means that it doesn't matter).



    Is that rebate still good? How can i get it?

    I followed the link in my brother's email that says "$4.95 after $5 rebate" but I can't find any mention of it after following it. The Buy.com website doesn't seem to have a way to look up old rebates either. He's got it printed somewhere, so I'll take a look when I can. There's no rebate on the Fry's one, though it is a couple bucks more expensive online (search outpost.com for 5162826 or grab it in-store).

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    jonxpjonxp [E] PC Security Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    carbon13 wrote: »
    No use to the thread, but I have the codec as my ringtone, and Navi shouting "hey! listen!" at me when I get a text message.

    Oh yes, I'm THAT cool.

    Brilliant! Does anyone have a clean WAV of that?

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    archonwarparchonwarp Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    jonxp wrote: »
    carbon13 wrote: »
    No use to the thread, but I have the codec as my ringtone, and Navi shouting "hey! listen!" at me when I get a text message.

    Oh yes, I'm THAT cool.

    Brilliant! Does anyone have a clean WAV of that?


    Yeah, I'd definitely like one of those too!

    Also, thanks for the MGS Codec!

    King Kong wrote: »
    We need a damn ringtone thread although I think the laws that be wouldn't allow it.



    Why not? As long as we're not using excessive amounts of copyright materials, it isn't any different than a DJ "sampling". Hell, they get away with taking 30 second clips from songs, this isn't anywhere near that bad. Not to mention, it's for personal (not profit) use.

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    DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I dont know if I originally came here with my problem, but i had gotten a 2gig (sandisk) one for homebrew on my DSlite, and the line of thinking was that if i get the ftp software on there, i load up the software and can move all my files by the homebrew ftp program. 5 minutes after i open the sd card and run the ftp program, crash, card dies. Lets just say after a RMA to sandisk i wont mess with file manipulation homebrew software anymore.

    TL;DR: 1st card died in 5 minutes, but i cant tell if it was unreliable or the software borked it. Got another, it has worked fine for probably 6 months.

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    BurtletoyBurtletoy Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    There was a ringtone thread at somepoint. Actually I think it was a .midi and .wav sound bit from videogames, but then again they had lists of ways to send e-mail's to your cell phone to get said midis and wavs from teh internets. Its long gone tho but it helped me get many mario/zelda/FF clips onto my phone.

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    theparttimetheparttime Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    carbon13 wrote: »
    No use to the thread, but I have the codec as my ringtone, and Navi shouting "hey! listen!" at me when I get a text message.

    Oh yes, I'm THAT cool.

    i think i gotta steal that navi idea. awesome

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    archonwarparchonwarp Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    Sweet, sweet "HEY! LISTEN!" action!


    http://download.yousendit.com/7A733CA121D0CBB7


    Not very good quality, not the greatest "mix" either, but it's all I could find. That link will only stay up for 7 days, so someone might want to rehost.

    Also, this is pretty much everything mario & zelda related:

    http://www.talkingwav.com/nintendo_wav_sounds.html

    Grabbed the mario OneUp sound to use as a text message received :-)

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I dont know if I originally came here with my problem, but i had gotten a 2gig (sandisk) one for homebrew on my DSlite, and the line of thinking was that if i get the ftp software on there, i load up the software and can move all my files by the homebrew ftp program. 5 minutes after i open the sd card and run the ftp program, crash, card dies. Lets just say after a RMA to sandisk i wont mess with file manipulation homebrew software anymore.

    TL;DR: 1st card died in 5 minutes, but i cant tell if it was unreliable or the software borked it. Got another, it has worked fine for probably 6 months.

    I assure you it wasn't the software. Sandisk cards are notoriously shitty. I've got a Kingston MicroSD and I've been using DSFTP for a lot of stuff now because I don't want to risk losing a card the size of my fingernail.

    Besides, if you can't even reformat the card to get it to work, it was a defective card, no matter what software you've used with it.

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    CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    1GB, Office Depot w/ In-store pickup, "Free or better" after rebate.

    Link.

    Good enough?

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    carbon13carbon13 Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    If anyone want a good copy of Hey! Listen PM me with your email address and it shall be yours.

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    DiannaoChongDiannaoChong Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I dont know if I originally came here with my problem, but i had gotten a 2gig (sandisk) one for homebrew on my DSlite, and the line of thinking was that if i get the ftp software on there, i load up the software and can move all my files by the homebrew ftp program. 5 minutes after i open the sd card and run the ftp program, crash, card dies. Lets just say after a RMA to sandisk i wont mess with file manipulation homebrew software anymore.

    TL;DR: 1st card died in 5 minutes, but i cant tell if it was unreliable or the software borked it. Got another, it has worked fine for probably 6 months.

    I assure you it wasn't the software. Sandisk cards are notoriously shitty. I've got a Kingston MicroSD and I've been using DSFTP for a lot of stuff now because I don't want to risk losing a card the size of my fingernail.

    Besides, if you can't even reformat the card to get it to work, it was a defective card, no matter what software you've used with it.

    Thats what I figured personally, but then I still got to slap myself for messing with homebrew software thats meant to do file transfer like that and not expect something like that if the program crashes.

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    DaedalusDaedalus Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I dont know if I originally came here with my problem, but i had gotten a 2gig (sandisk) one for homebrew on my DSlite, and the line of thinking was that if i get the ftp software on there, i load up the software and can move all my files by the homebrew ftp program. 5 minutes after i open the sd card and run the ftp program, crash, card dies. Lets just say after a RMA to sandisk i wont mess with file manipulation homebrew software anymore.

    TL;DR: 1st card died in 5 minutes, but i cant tell if it was unreliable or the software borked it. Got another, it has worked fine for probably 6 months.

    I assure you it wasn't the software. Sandisk cards are notoriously shitty. I've got a Kingston MicroSD and I've been using DSFTP for a lot of stuff now because I don't want to risk losing a card the size of my fingernail.

    Besides, if you can't even reformat the card to get it to work, it was a defective card, no matter what software you've used with it.

    Thats what I figured personally, but then I still got to slap myself for messing with homebrew software thats meant to do file transfer like that and not expect something like that if the program crashes.

    Nonetheless, even if the software is deliberately malicious it should never screw up the card so bad it can't be reformatted. If the card can't be reformatted then it's the card that's defective, end of story.

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    CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited April 2007
    I dont know if I originally came here with my problem, but i had gotten a 2gig (sandisk) one for homebrew on my DSlite, and the line of thinking was that if i get the ftp software on there, i load up the software and can move all my files by the homebrew ftp program. 5 minutes after i open the sd card and run the ftp program, crash, card dies. Lets just say after a RMA to sandisk i wont mess with file manipulation homebrew software anymore.

    TL;DR: 1st card died in 5 minutes, but i cant tell if it was unreliable or the software borked it. Got another, it has worked fine for probably 6 months.

    I assure you it wasn't the software. Sandisk cards are notoriously shitty. I've got a Kingston MicroSD and I've been using DSFTP for a lot of stuff now because I don't want to risk losing a card the size of my fingernail.

    Besides, if you can't even reformat the card to get it to work, it was a defective card, no matter what software you've used with it.

    Thats what I figured personally, but then I still got to slap myself for messing with homebrew software thats meant to do file transfer like that and not expect something like that if the program crashes.

    Nonetheless, even if the software is deliberately malicious it should never screw up the card so bad it can't be reformatted. If the card can't be reformatted then it's the card that's defective, end of story.

    Sorry, but this is incorrect. Repeated reads and writes will kill flash memory. It's why they have a rated number of rewrites. I've killed two Memory Stick Pro Duo cards by following PSP homebrew instructions that say things to the effect of "Your PSP is not locked up. DO NOT TURN OF YOUR PSP OR YOU WILL BE SORRY!" and then subsequently leaving them running overnight (I knew something was wrong, but each time the program had just enough of a "do NOT turn off the power!" scare-factor to make me believe that it was the best choice. Besides, a rapidly blinking access light surely indicates that it's not locked up, right? RIGHT? This has happened with different applications. The third one that I encountered like this probably would have done it again if I hadn't learned my lesson from the last two.

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    CZroeCZroe Registered User regular
    edited May 2007
    CZroe wrote: »
    If you end up with a pirated card off of eBay, yeah, you'll have problems. Buy one the next time Fry's has a 2GB one for $35 and you'll just have to deal with slow access times (not a concern for MP3 and ringtones). Me? I just loaded up on 1GB Kingston ones from Buy.com a few days ago ($5 after rebate, two per address). Fry's has $15 Patriot 1GB MicroSD + MiniSD adapter + SD adapter (unsure whether the SD adapter adapts mini or microSD, but the other adapter means that it doesn't matter).



    Is that rebate still good? How can i get it?

    OK, the deal is back:

    http://www.ecost.com/Detail.aspx?EDP=36663033

    Remember to order two (the rebate works for two). Shipping kills it otherwise.

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