Couldn?€™t get mine completely working ?€“ might be my config?€?
I added this to an open 3 ½ inch bay in my dell studio/xps 9000 tower desktop (an i7 machine). My machine has a media bay on the top that acts sort of funky so i wanted to replace it, but this starttech was not wide enough to fit the oem configuration, so i added it to an open front facing bay instead. That part was easy.The next part was not easy, and in the end, it still might not be right as most of the functions of the media bay are not working for me. I did not have an open usb header port on my motherboard, but i did have a pci-e usb 3.0 expansion card in my machine, and it had an internal usb 3.0 port that was not in use. I know that this media reader is only usb 2.0, but the 3.0 card claimed to be 2.0 backward compatible. I had to purchase a cable (sienoc 19 pin usb3.0 female to 9 pin usb2.0 male motherboard cable adapter co...) to connect the media reader (which has a 9 pin (male) connector at the end of the supplied cable that is connected to the media reader) to my usb 3.0 internal port. (my other option was to purchase a cable that was twice as expensive as this one, and route that cable outside of my box to one of the usb 2.0 ports on the back of my machine?€? those cables are not easy to find, and that sounded messy).After connecting the media reader cable to my 9pin cable and connecting the other end with its 19pins to the usb 3.0 internal port, the media reader started to work, sort of.I?€™m able to read usb 2.0 (and usb 3.0) memory sticks with it. I will say that the usb port is ?€˜upside down?€™ ?€“ with the block on the bottom, whereas all of my other usb ports on my machine and on my external hubs have the block on the top. Not a major issue, just say?€™n.When i tried to connect my iphone 5s to this usb port, it didn't work (it kept connecting and disconnecting). When i use the same apple cable to connect my iphone to the other usb ports on my machine those work fine. The issue might be my connection to the internal usb 3.0 pci-e card to the new internal cable that's the issue, so i won't blame this all on the media card reader.However, the sd card reader and the compactflash reader ports on the media reader do not work for me. As well, even if the cf reader port did work, it?€™s upside-down too! (see the picture). The sd port is right-side-up. There is no indication (labeling / pictures) on the media reader indicating which way the media cards go into this thing.Overall, not happy. I?€™ll leave it in the machine for the extra front side usb port since i?€™ve already stuck some money into getting this working. I'm hoping for your sake that if you connect this to an open usb 2.0 header port on your motherboard that this will all work for you.