Panasonic SDHC Driver

Here is the driver for the Panasonic CF-51 laptop SD Host Controller. This will allow the built-in SD card reader to work with SDHC flash cards. These are the bare drivers and require you to manually update them from the Device Manager. If you want the full installation file, then you can download it here.

I found this driver when I was working on a similar problem with my Dell Vostro 1000. It appears that both these laptops have the same Ricoh R5C8xx controller.

Use these drivers at your own risk. Here is my original post.

Here is what the device looks like before the updated driver for both my Panasonic and Vosto:

SD Device

Look how old the driver is:

Old Driver

Here is what the device looks like AFTER I manually updated the driver. I did not use the setup program to install my drivers:

New Driver

Notice that the device moved under IDE devices? Anyhow, it works now. Thanks all.

Dell Vostro 1000 SDHC Driver

I was left scratching my head after a 4G SD memory card came up as RAW formated when I inserted into my wife’s brand new Dell Vostro 1000 laptop. Windows wanted me to format the card. Knowing that the card had no pictures left on it, I proceeded to format the card. That was a huge mistake.

It formated the card as FAT32. Before I formated the card, it worked flawless in the camera and other SD card slots and USB SD adapters. It came up as FAT32 in the other devices. Why wouldn’t the brand new laptop recognize the SD card and show it as RAW formated?! And now, since I formated it with the new laptop, the card would not work in the camera anymore! BUT, the Vostro could see the SD memory without any problems now…

I tried to format the card inside the camera. I kept getting a memory and disc error. I formated the card in another PC with a USB SD adapter. The card would work fine in all computers, including the Vostro, but now the camera couldn’t see it.

I did some searching and found this life saver of a utility: SD Memory Card Formatting Software from Panasonic

From their web site “Generally, SD/SDHC Memory Card file systems formatted with generic operating system formatting software do not comply with the SD Memory Card specification.”

Caught red handed…

After I did a “Full Format” with the above utility, the camera could see the memory and all was well, or was it…

I then went back to the Dell Vostro laptop and plugged in the SD card directly and I got the same message! It wanted to format the card and the format of the device came up as RAW! Also, my brand new SDHC 8G memory card didn’t work in the Vostro either.

I did some more digging and found the SD Host Controller was running on an old Microsoft driver from 2001. I went to Dell’s support site and found new drivers, “Chip Set: Ricoh R5C832, R5C833, R5C843, Driver, Windows 2000, Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows XP, Multi Language, Multi System, v.1.0.1, A00” – R141246.EXE

I installed this new update and it found that my drivers were already up to date. 2001 is NOT an updated driver in my book. On closer inspection I found that the Dell driver only included drivers for xD, MS, and MMC. Where is my SD driver? I then dug around for a new driver and found this. Here is the new drivers. Here is just the drivers minus the executables for all you nervous nancy’s out there.

I did not use the setup program. I updated the driver directly from the device manager. I found the SD Host Controller and updated the driver manually. Now the driver is from 2006 and all is well. I can plug in the 4G SD card directly into the Vostro and it works. I can plug in my 8G SDHC card and it works now too.

Use these drivers at your own risk and hopefully Dell will post updated SD drivers soon for all laptop users. Dell uses Ricoh R5C8xx chips in:

Inspiron 1501
Inspiron 640m / E1405
Inspiron 9400/E1705
Inspiron 1420
Inspiron 1520
Inspiron 1521
Inspiron 1720
Inspiron 1721
Inspiron 6400/E1505
Latitude D420
Latitude 131L
Dell Precision Mobile WorkStation M90
Vostro Notebook 1000
Vostro Notebook 1400
Vostro Notebook 1500
Vostro Notebook 1700
XPS M1210
XPS M1330
XPS/Inspiron M140/630m
XPS M1710
XPS M2010

Good luck.

Add a Serial Port to a Laptop/Desktop with a USB to Serial Adapter

My laptop computer doesn’t have a serial port. I finally went out and grabbed a USB to Serial port adapter from The actual part can be found here. The model is MCS7703 and it’s made by Moschip, but the box is marked as “Best Connectivity”.

I would suggest you get the latest drivers from here.

Also, it’s important to install the software FIRST before you plug in the device. If you plug in the device first and by which you only install the drivers, then you won’t have the ability to change the COM port or change the advanced features of the device. On older applications your COM port selection may be limited to COM 1 through 4. By default, the device installs as COM 5.

Dell XPS Gen 1 CPU Fan Failure

One of my CPU fans failed on my Dell XPS. It’s the original XPS 3ghz.

The computer has two CPU fans that don’t actually sit on the CPU, but are mounted to the case. The CPU and two fans are then covered by a huge plastic molding. The CPU fans are not regular case fans. I think they have a thermistor on each of them. They are controlled by temperature and spin up as the temperature goes up.

I had a hard time finding replacements and when Dell gave me a price quote it was for over $60 for two fans with shipping and taxes. Dell gave me a part number as:

Assembly,Bracket,Fan,92MMX38MMTMD (0U231)

Now, the make/part number on the Fan is actually:

Nidec Beta V
Model: M35105-58 G3DEL

12 V DC 1.8 A

With a little searching I found this tread:

I went on Ebay and searched for Dell Precision 650 and found this:

$17 is a bit cheaper than $60 and I got two fans! I’ll save the other fan if I ever need another replacement.

I’m sure other generations of the XPS can use this same fan. Good luck.

New Version of Inadyn 1.96.2

Ver. 1.96.2 – 12 March 2007
– If the Dynamic DNS server responds with an error Inadyn will abort. This will prevent further retries with wrong dyndns credentials.
– Default port number included in the request, to support the requests via Proxy, to ports different than 80.
– Simplified main inadyn update loop function. (there was no bug there)

It can be downloaded here.

Using an Alternative to for Dynamic DNS – Inadyn

With the “–ip_server_name” option in Inadyn you can manually setup to use an alternative to such as The syntax within your setup for the above example would be “–ip_server_name /stuff/checkip/index.php” which would go to

Read this for more information on the initial setup of Inadyn and it’s general configuration.

If you would like to create your own person web page to generate the IP address for your dynamic DNS client then here is a example and the code I used about for

<html><head><title>Current IP Check</title></head><body>
<? echo "$REMOTE_ADDR"; ?><?php echo $REMOTE_ADDR; ?>
<? $rmt = $_SERVER["REMOTE_ADDR"]; echo ”Current IP Address: $rmt”; ?>

This code will not work around proxy servers. I’m sure there is code that will. This is not to be confused with the proxy server options and support in Inadyn.


I used these two sites as references here and here