|SD card reader as cheap 50G accessory|
Message #1 Posted by Norris on 30 Aug 2007, 2:22 p.m.
This is probably old news to many users, but I suspect that others may not be aware that an SD card reader is an inexpensive and convenient accessory for the HP-50G (presumably the 49G+ as well).
The 50G comes with a USB cable and Conn4x software. So thatís what Iíve been using to connect my 50G to my home PC. But more recently, I wanted a similar setup for my work PC.
My first thought was to buy a second USB cable and install Conn4x at work, just like at home. But I happened to see an SD card reader for $9.76 at the local Wal-Mart, and decided to try that instead. It was in the digital camera section, by the SD cards. It looks similar to this one, though mine doesnít have a cap to cover the card.
I have a 16M SD card for my 50G, which originally came with a Canon digital camera. A 16M card is ridiculously undersized for a camera, so I bought a 1G card for the camera instead. The 16M card was donated to the calculator, where it is plenty big.
The card reader is a little plastic device with a USB connector on one end and an SD card slot at the other. I can pop the SD card out of the calc and into the reader, then plug the reader into the USB port of a PC. Any reasonably modern PC seems to recognize and mount the card automatically (sometimes it takes a little longer the first time, but it goes quickly after that).
With the card reader, I can easily move files between the 50G and any of the desktops or laptops at work or home, without untangling cables or installing software. To install a library, for example, you just copy it from the PC to the card via the card reader, put the card back in the calculator, use the filer to copy the library to Port 2, and press On-C to reboot.
Itís a pretty handy accessory for 10 bucks.
Edited: 30 Aug 2007, 2:23 p.m.