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Dissecting SmartMedia

You still have the chip? Did u make sure the low level formatting wasnt just corrupted? Mine died the same way, a quick zap with a program i downloaded, and its fixed like new. Nice site.

Mon, 23 Jan 2006 18:48:45 -0800

Hi, Andy, what program did you use to zap the memory card? Where can I download it? I like to give it a try.

Chieh Cheng
Wed, 25 Jan 2006 07:20:41 -0800

The IC to CircuitBoard interface is one of the largest impediments to shrinking. The IC is still smaller than that. Also, if you were to open the SD card, you would find similar. Typically the IC is something like 5% of the space, the wire/lead out is the majority of the space.

Sat, 8 Apr 2006 09:43:03 -0700

I can see that the card could be made smaller. BUT you have cut open a say 2004 smartmedia card.

In case you were to open say a 2001 card then you may find that the memory chip was much bigger than the contact surface

Nagendra Pratap Singh
Fri, 19 Jan 2007 14:58:14 -0800

I used an old Zio! card reader I got off Ebay for $7 and smprep.exe to fix two cards I used in my old mp3 player that trashed the card's low level header. Now I can use them in my camera again.

Fri, 13 Jun 2008 03:13:31 +0000

Thanks for the tip. I might give that a try. Would it work with any memory card reader? Or specifically the Zio??

Chieh Cheng
Fri, 13 Jun 2008 17:09:27 +0000

Really nice site !
I remember some diffrent voltage on smart media card 3.3 volt and else ,probably 5V ... good old time
take care guys ,and remember the composants on cicuit board UNDER electric contact look like the same ,BUT the touch is littlle bit diffrent (visdom of my grand father ,still actuality )

Miko (Belgium)
Thu, 24 Jun 2010 05:46:43 +0000

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