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Old 01-03-2009, 04:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Feel like a retard asking this, but how do I insert a micro sd card into my BB Bold? Have looked at the manual but can't see it anywhere. And all the help pages and videos out there relate to earlier models.

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Old 01-03-2009, 04:58 AM   #2 (permalink)
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here u go

on the left-hand side of the blackberry about in line with the Q key, there is a small door with a picture of a card on it. this door opens from the bottom (camera side) of the blackberry upwards.

once opened, you should be able to see the card in the slot.

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It's on page 11 in the manual provided in the box from AT&T...
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Thanks, I was looking in a downloaded pdf manual for the Bold, and couldn't see anything about it.

A follow up question: I have it inserted, but I'm not convinced the card is being held correctly. Is it meant to click into place, completely within the housing, so that the little cover does nothing but prevent dust etc getting in. Or does the card sit in its slot with a portion protruding, under action of a spring within the slot, with the cover being the what actually forces the card down into the slot when the cover is closed?

I have the latter. I would have expected the card to have clicked into place completely within the housing, without the cover being closed, but it doesn't. And now that I've got hold of a paper copy of the manual, I see that it suggests -- for removing the card -- to press in first and then remove, as if pressing in is meant to unclick the card from its holder, in the usual way. For me, pressing in doesn't do anything apart from pressing against the spring.

Also, the first time I inserted the card, after a short time the BB just hung. I restarted, and then it said the card had errors. I ran it through the Vista disk checker, and it did spot some funnies and fixed them. Now the card seems OK, but...

There are also occasions when a dialog "Media Card Removed" is shown, followed by "Media Card Inserted", and then back to Removed, etc. The card is still in the slot with the cover over. Seems like the connection to the card isn't great.

None of this is very reassuring.

Any thoughts?

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I'm guessing it may be that you dont have the card clicked in.

I too went through this for like % minutes and was getting enraged. Seems like, you cannot JUST use your finger to insert the card...I used something, nothing that would pass the card by mistake and jab the insides of my phone, to push it in and the click was made and it most totally was all set and guud.

give that a try and make sure that it really is in there. The door stays closed with the card out of sight.
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Thanks, J. Just what I needed: the confidence to go jabbing something sharp into the SD card slot

You're right though, and it's what I would have expected: there is a final "click", after which the card is held right within the slot, without the cover being required to do any holding down. It didn't seem right before.

However, the design ain't great, because anyone having fingers larger than a small child will really struggle to push the card deep enough into the tiny slot for it to engage properly. I did try several times using my finger, to get it as deep as possible, but it didn't click in. In the end I used the end of a pen, but with a wide elastic band in between the pen and the card/slot to ensure the pen didn't slip past the card and damage anything.

Having the card half-engaged like I did originally, it is not surprising that I corrupted the card -- must have disconnected as the BB was trying to write folders to it the first time round. At least the disk checker on Vista was sufficient to fix it.

Thanks very much.

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P.S. and is it right that a 4 GB card shows up as 3.6 GB in the BB memory information? It also did on Vista when I was fixing it.

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P.S. and is it right that a 4 GB card shows up as 3.6 GB in the BB memory information? It also did on Vista when I was fixing it.

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Yes, my 8GB shows up as 7.4GB once it has been formatted.
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yes my 16gb shows at 14 something. :::shifty eyes:::

Glad you got it worked out. I don't think a childs size fingers could get that card in, without employing some little thingamabob to get it all the way in. A flawed design I think but either way, we get `em in so, it's all guud and the same. The phone rocks!!!!
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Yes, my 8GB shows up as 7.4GB once it has been formatted.
I haven't formatted my new micro sd card. I just inserted it, and started using it right away.

Should I format the card?

If so, should I format it in the phone or on my pc?
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Thanks, all. It is indeed a great phone.

Boldover: if it's working then my guess is it doesn't need formatting. If it wasn't formatted it wouldn't be working.

Bear in mind this advice comes from a dumbass who couldn't even put the SD card in properly in the first place...

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here u go

on the left-hand side of the blackberry about in line with the Q key, there is a small door with a picture of a card on it. this door opens from the bottom (camera side) of the blackberry upwards.

once opened, you should be able to see the card in the slot.
http://i44.tinypic.com/2yvulxg.png
FYI their graph is terrible! To me it depicts just the opposite. It looks like it opens from the front and down!
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Thanks, all. It is indeed a great phone.

Boldover: if it's working then my guess is it doesn't need formatting. If it wasn't formatted it wouldn't be working.

Bear in mind this advice comes from a dumbass who couldn't even put the SD card in properly in the first place...

Mike
Man, don't be so hard on yourself!! It took me a second to figure it out the first time as well, and you don't want to force it, in fear that you might break the card or the phone.

However, you are correct. If the card is working then it has already been formatted.
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