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Updated Listing of CF/Smartmedia USB Readers
that worked with ZIO! OS X drivers

Last Updated: 12/21/2001

NOTE: On 12/21/2001, I added drive type options for CompactFlash, Smartmedia, Multimedia card, Sony MemoryStick and "Multi-Format Card Reader" to the Drive Compatibility Database. (There were several reports added over the weekend under these categories.) I've added Simple Technology, SanDisk, Kodak, Lexar, eFilm, SIIG, PNY, and Microtech but there's too many "brands" of readers to list all of them, so if you post an entry use the "other" brand option if you have another model. (Note the brand in the comments, etc. as well as your OS X version, any drivers installed, etc.)
At least this will allow readers to search for reports on Compactflash/Smartmedia, etc. compatibility with OS X for instance. (Omitting the "brand" to see all reports by the drive type, and selecting OS X as the MacOS version.)

OS X 10.1.2 Update Notes: I've had several readers report that the OS X 10.1.2 update released on 12/20 broke support for some USB readers - including the ZIO models that were working in 10.1.1 with the drivers noted below. Just a FYI to those running these readers fine in 10.1.1 that 10.1.2 might not work with them.


Monday's news (12/17) had a note that a reader sent saying his Kodak USB CompactFlash carder included with his Kodak DC215 camera worked in OS X using the ZIO! drivers (available at http://www.microtechint.com/downloads/). The list below from yesterday's news has been updated with other reports of those readers reported as working an d not working with the ZIO! drivers.

    Reported Working:
  • eFilm USB Compact Flash Reader-Writer that's included in the Nikon Coolpack II Accessory kit (eFilm PN# DDReader-2)
  • Smart media USB device branded 'Buffalo' (no model details)
  • Datawise USB CF reader (the owner said it is a SCM Microsystems based product)

    Readers That Didn't Work
  • SIIG Smartmedia US2216
  • IBM CF reader (actually made by Apricorn the owner said)
  • SmartMedia reader ( Shuttle Technology per ASP) that came with an Olympus D360
  • Lexar USB Trimedia reader model GS-UFD-20SA-TP
  • Lexar Jumpshot USB compactflash reader
  • SanDisk SDDR-05 and SDDR-09
    (Apple notes only the SanDisk SDDR-31 model is supported in OS X 10.1 per this TIL on camera/reader compatibility, but one reader noted the SDDR-05 worked if there was a card inserted before the system was booted.)

If any other readers try the drivers with their unsupported USB CompactFlash or Smartmedia readers (using the appropriate ZIO driver for the card type), let me know.

One ZIO! CF reader owner noted that it caused a kernel panic if plugged into the keyboard USB port of a DP800 system (w/OS X 10.1.1), but not when plugged directly into the PB G4's USB ports.

(I've added the ZIO drivers info to the FAQ's OS X section which also has a link/note on what Digital Cameras and card readers are supported by the standard install of OS X 10.1.)

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