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Memory stick pro duo stuck in my Toshiba M55! Help!

Discussion in 'Hardware Components and Aftermarket Upgrades' started by Rahul, Aug 5, 2006.

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  1. Rahul

    Rahul Wanna get the LG G Flex 2

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    I had just stupidly assumed that my Toshiba Satellite M55 would accept Duo memory sticks but it doesn't and now its stuck in there and I cant shake the thing out!

    What can I do? I'm afraid of dissembling my notebook as I ruined another of my notebooks by dissembling it and somehow messing up.

    Can I use tweezers or something to get it out or do I have to open up the notebook?

    Help!!!
     
  2. m394byt3

    m394byt3 Notebook Evangelist

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    :D Hiya yeah with my first laptop, my Toshiba M50, I did the same! I manage to get it out with a tiny long tweezer, but just be very careful and make sure its switched off! Good luck!
     
  3. Rahul

    Rahul Wanna get the LG G Flex 2

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    Okay thanks, now I gotta go and find some tweezers!

    Dang it!! I just got the memory stick half an hour ago and I just take it out pop it in my laptop and its stuck! This sucks!!

    I hope it can come out!!!
     
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    ez2remember Notebook Evangelist

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    I done something stupid like that too...

    This is what I did: I used a peice of thick paper cut into a long rectangle finger. I slide this underneath the MS duo with the other end sticking out. You can then angle your laptop until it just slides out. If that doesn't work you can use a bit of sticky tape. Hold one end and try to stick the top of the MS then gently pull out (the other piece of paper is still underneath). Worked for me.
     
  5. Rahul

    Rahul Wanna get the LG G Flex 2

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    Okay, I really think there's a divine force out there. :)

    The card was deep deep inside and I tried to use a knife and tweezers but it just wouldn't come out. I gave up and went away frustrated, came back to try once more and the card was already sticking a bit out of the notebook! So I just easily pulled it out. Thanks god!
     
  6. Charles P. Jefferies

    Charles P. Jefferies TG Lead Moderator Super Moderator

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    Make sure that your notebook is off as stated, but also take the battery out and push the power button once or twice to drain any of the electricity still in there. Can't hurt to be extra careful. :)
     
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    man, this forum just saved my ass. i did exacly what "ez2remember" said. But i had to put it in the thing. i couldn't put it underneath. And my notebook is an Acer, i bought in brazil. so cool. tks very much!
     
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    Whooa... seems a few of us have this problem as well... Just rescued my sansdisk MS pro duo from my Acer TM 4150 with a little help from ez2remember's advice, but with a little modification:

    I folded a piece of paper into a long strip thick enough to slide on top of the MS, to make it press against the top surface of the slot. Couldn't get it underneath like paulacolip. When that couldn't move the thing out, I took 3M scotch tape and wrapped it around the paper strip, facing outwards so it would grip the MS so I could guide it out. My laptop was on all the time, BTW, and I waited a while for the heat to stick the tape before pulling it out. Phew!

    Bad design... why the hell does it get stuck if the MS Pro insigna is on the card reader??!! it's supposed to fit! Had no problem taking in and out my SD card...
     
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    Gonna put in my 2 cents here :O

    ez2remember's advice worked for me :) I couldn't find any tweezers small enough to remove the mem stick. I took a small strip of tape small enough to get into the slot, slipped it in above the mem stick, and then slipped in an equally-sized piece of folded paper above the tape to mash the tape onto the memory stick duo. Then I slowly pulled it up and out :D

    Really, they need to put eject buttons on these things or something...
     
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    You guys have just saved my life, so I just signed up to say thankyou SO much! Was playing around on my dads brand new Toshiba M55 Satellite. I, like everyone else here, saw the memory stick duo symbol and slotted my card in to upload my holiday pics to facebook. The thing got stuck very deep and it was only thanks to the brilliance of the sticky tape and paper method that i managed to get it out. I got a strip of paper, stuck the tape to the bottom so a bit was poking out at the end, slotted this in the card reader and after a bit of prodding and poking I could pull the memory stick back out. My dad would have gone mental if I'd jammed up his card reader after having his laptop for a week, so thank you for saving me a lot of grief and years of apologies!!! :)
     
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    Watch out for static electricity if you are going to dig with metal!!
     
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    fabarati Frorum Obfuscator

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    I did this with my Palm Tungsten T3 and a minisd card (i wast testing something). I had to disassemble it to get it out.
     
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    Hi im trying to get my memory card out and it wont come out. i also try to put a paper underneath it, but i cant get the tape on top of the card. i also tried to put the tape on a piece of paper and put the paper under the card but the paper w/ tape just slides out when i pull it out. i also tried to pull it out slowly but it still doesnt work. HELP ME!
     
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    We just got a memory stick duo out of an newer HP laptop just now with all your help! A slight adjustment we made was to use thinnish, but stiff card stock on one side of the card, then the same with double-sided tape on the other side to grip the card. Our second choice, if the card was too thick, was post-it notes, but we didn't have to try that.

    I realize not everyone has double-sided tape lying about, but if the two-paper route isn't working, the investment of a couple bucks on double-sided tape would be a next best step prior to the repair shop!

    My wife and I simply CANNOT believe how easy it was to make this silly mistake - and it's not like we are computer-luddites - I repair computers and laptops, and my wife works on them nearly all day everyday. This is just POOR design on Sony's part, making the Duo card so that it detaches so easily from the adaptor, and then it fits in the MS/MSPro slot so easily!!

    The ultimate irony is that my wife used to be employed by Sony! She insists that things have gone downhill there since her departure ;)

    hope you all the best of luck with your solutions!

    and THANKS again! gotta love the internet!

    Ray
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    allan_huang Notebook Deity

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    Seems like a lot of people are getting their MSPD stuck into their card reader that doesn't support it.
     
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    you guys jus saved my life too!!! SERIOUSLY!!! THNX A LOT!!! :) i had to sign up to say thnx to you, esp. ez2remember!!!
     
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    It seemed there was no possible answer... thanks I read your forum!

    I never would have thought about using paper. The thought came about tweezers, but did not seem good.

    It is impressive how good this work, and it was actually fast.

    I first put the post it with the blue side up and inserted under the stick and tried to pull out... it did not work. Then I took a thicker paper and slipped it under the post it... I think this makes the post it to actually get close to the memory stick and get "glued" to it.

    This time, when I pulled the post it, both memory stick and paper came off.

    Thanks a lot!!! This so very very simple way... is just elegant and no doubt... totally Cheap
     
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    I cant say i havent done it...

    I assumed an XD card would fit in my Sony VAIO i had, got stuck DEEP in there. But a little rough shaking and a paper strip got it out.
     
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    sahaskatta Notebook Consultant

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    you guys need to place the ms pro duo into a ms pro card adapter. it should work fine then. (i'm guilty of making the same mistake too, however i managed to get it out fairly easily)
     
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    THANK YOU SO MUCH!

    The tape method worked perfectly for me, so I wanted to join the forum to say thanks!

    :D
     
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