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Old 07-06-2010, 08:08 AM   #1
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I am just posting to see if anybody has had the same experience as I have, and whether I have done the right thing to deal with it.

I have a PRS-600 and generally put my books, in collections, on an SD card. It has worked quite well up till a few days ago, when it started to struggle. I found it was taking longer and longer to turn the page, up to the point where it just wouldn't any more.
I also found if I had lost my page I couldn't always get it to go to a selected page number, it would freeze when it got there.
It then decided it didn't want to turn off, like a naughty schoolchild it was stamping its feet and sulking, resulting in me stabbing it several times with the reset stylus end.

What I have done is copied the books off the sd card and formatted a new one in the reader. I then copied everything back onto the new card and it seems okay so far. I'm going to reformat the old 8gb card and try again.

Does this sound like a faulty sd card problem or is it likely to be more serious?
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I am just posting to see if anybody has had the same experience as I have, and whether I have done the right thing to deal with it.

I have a PRS-600 and generally put my books, in collections, on an SD card. It has worked quite well up till a few days ago, when it started to struggle. I found it was taking longer and longer to turn the page, up to the point where it just wouldn't any more.
I also found if I had lost my page I couldn't always get it to go to a selected page number, it would freeze when it got there.
It then decided it didn't want to turn off, like a naughty schoolchild it was stamping its feet and sulking, resulting in me stabbing it several times with the reset stylus end.

What I have done is copied the books off the sd card and formatted a new one in the reader. I then copied everything back onto the new card and it seems okay so far. I'm going to reformat the old 8gb card and try again.

Does this sound like a faulty sd card problem or is it likely to be more serious?
I posted about this a while ago, but didn't get any pertinent replies (or any replies at all, I can't recall). My problem is with the PRS900. I concluded that, if I load a lot of stuff on the SD card, my device just slows down. It get particularly bad with annotations. I resorted to just carrying around less stuff with me - I archive everything on my pc, make a copy of that on an SD card (by simply using it through my PC) and regularly only keep what I need on the reader. If I really need to carry stuff with me, I pop the SD card in the device and deal with the slowness. On regular days, I leave the SD card in my PC.

I am actually pretty pissed about it. SONY's tech support claims it's normal - the internal database just swells up when you have a lot of stuff. They even told me I don't need to carry around hundreds of documents. Which is preposterous, given their advertising ('carry thousands of books...').
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That's very bad indeed! I have around 500mb's worth of books on there and prefer them on the sd card (I don't remember why now) but that is pretty poor on Sony's part.
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Yes, it is pretty bad. Typical SONY crap - I experienced it with their laptops and with various PSs. I always promise not to ever buy a SONY product again - but somehow... gotta give them credit, in a lot of ways, their hardware is great. But they are, after all, a hardware company - and it shows when they try to do software.

The slow down issue with annotations is particularly bad. If I pop in my SD card with 500+ PDFs with annotations, turning pages can take up to two minutes, especially if I have the 'freehand' option turned on.

Frankly, it's not the end of the world - I don't need all my files with me - I was doing it mostly for backup purposes (libraries seem to not transfer well from PC to PC and I fear my laptop dying on me and me losing all annotations - hence the SD card). But it's a hassle, and their advertising just rubs it in.
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