This was my most popular hit from Google back before I switched to WordPress. Seems there are a great many of folks out there who encounter ths error so I figured I would repost it here so that folks can still find it. Maybe google will put this thread back in their system.
If you use CF adapters or SD, Memory stick or any such removable flash memory in your laptop via a pcmcia (pc card) adapter and you get the following error “The Driver is not intended for this platform”, you could go out to google and try to search for it.
Here is what I got:
All of that was basically crap!
Just go to windows/system32/drivers and rename the atapi.sys file to something else (I renamed mine to atapi.sys.old) and try inserting the card again.
Whamo! Things work. After spending a day and a half trying to figure out what was going on, I figured I would share it here to save others the aggravation and also so I don’t forget how I fixed it the next time I have to rebuild my machine. J
Posted by Philip Morrison at August 10, 2004 11:20 AM | TrackBack
Philip, you have just saved me hours of aggravation, many thanks
Posted by: Grover at August 23, 2004 10:50 AM
Woohoo! A solution that works!
What a stupid solution tho ... I've been waiting months for someone to figure this one out after I gave up all hope.
Posted by: Slackarse at August 26, 2004 11:52 AM
Not a problem. Glad I could help. Oh, and it's moderated. :)
Posted by: Phil at August 26, 2004 12:19 PM
Thanks! Worked like a charm!
Posted by: jaden at August 27, 2004 03:20 PM
Lifesaver... If the atapi.sys file keeps regenerating after you rename it, type the new name for the file and immediately after you hit enter to accept the filename, put the SD card into the adapter. Works like a charm. Thanks!
Posted by: wsuchem at August 29, 2004 12:59 AM
Excellent, thanks. But a warning: Don't try (re)moving the file - just rename it.
Posted by: Al Tasker at October 19, 2004 04:57 AM
I've been bashing my head against every brick wall I could find over this. You're a legend Phil!
Posted by: Barney at October 19, 2004 05:41 AM
i renamed every atapi.sys file in my pc, including system32\atapi.sys.
and still i habe the same problem.
but there is a atapi.sys in system32\drivers which cannot be renamed.
i tried too many things, nothing works.
i am on windows xp SP2 !
Posted by: DASH at October 26, 2004 02:05 PM
Try going into safe mode or doing the rename from a command prompt. I didn't have to do any of that, I just selected it in explorer and chose rename.
Posted by: Philip at October 26, 2004 03:03 PM
thank you, can't believe it works!
Posted by: HD at October 28, 2004 11:17 PM
A *HUGE* thank you for this one -- hours of frustration solved in seconds. THANK YOU for sharing the solution with the rest of us!
Posted by: Dave at November 14, 2004 09:37 PM
I join the fanclub. Brilliant. When I saw this problem on my Vaio a few weeks ago I just groaned knowing that it was going to be a time vampire problem. Thanks a bunch.
Posted by: Tony at November 16, 2004 08:03 AM
Thanks ALOT. I was just about to go return the sandisk pc card adapter i just brought 2 hours ago.
works like a charm.
Posted by: Ken at November 27, 2004 08:58 PM
Thanks for this info, I had the same problem, this was just what I needed to get my Viking/Sandisk PCMCIA Compactflash adapter working with my Lexar Twister CF card and Windows XP Home laptop.
After renaming the atapi.sys file, re-inserting the card didn't work right away; I also had to go to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware tab -> Device Manager -> IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, right-click the Lexar (with the yellow exclamation point), and choose Uninstall. Re-inserting worked after that.
Posted by: Mark at December 4, 2004 06:37 PM
Unbelievable.. So simple. Thanks for making this publicly available!
Posted by: Cas at December 9, 2004 02:57 AM
Great! Many thanks Philip! It was an "old" pcmcia Hama CompactFlash card reader, on my new Dell Inspiron 9100 with a also new Sandisk UltraII CF card, and I was really wondering where it came from, especially since:
-my pcmcia port worked with a LAN card
-the pcmcia CF card reader worked on another laptop running the same OS (XP SP2)
-other USB card reader where recognized also...
You saved the life of my digital camera batteries :-)
Posted by: Grégori at December 15, 2004 11:55 AM
Awesome! Works by reinstalling the driver!
Thanks a lot.
Posted by: Sam at January 1, 2005 03:56 PM
Thank you very much Philip, you're life saver! I have had this problem since I updated my XP to service pack 2, now I don't need to carry my memory card reader along with my laptop anymore!!! Thank You!!!
Posted by: Ed at January 10, 2005 12:47 PM
You are welcome. It's neat to see the number of hits I get on this one post. So many people have hit this page and been helped. This is why I started bloggging. I just hope I have one of these kinds of posts a year. :)
Posted by: Phil at January 10, 2005 10:07 PM
Finally, a solution that works!!
I've been contacting HP technical support for ages about this problem and their help has been completely useless.
Thanks A Lot
Posted by: GMC at January 14, 2005 10:17 AM
Thank you very much!!!!!!!!!
Posted by: Jeff at January 24, 2005 06:31 PM
Phil, you're my hero. I couldn't get my SanDisk 6-in-1 PC Card Adapter with the "guaranteed compatibility" promise on the packaging to work, and was about to blame the adapter. Thank you, Phil!
Posted by: Big Gary at January 26, 2005 06:19 PM
MOST EXCELENT ADVICE! I just went out and spent $50.00 plus on a CF and 6-in-1 PCMCIA adapters and had the same problem! Thank you for keeping me from spending what could have potentially hours in search of the solution! Simple, eligant, and works! MANY THANKS!!!!!
Posted by: Kevin at February 6, 2005 08:29 PM
Thanx You're the best.
No problem with xp sp2!!
thanx al lot
Posted by: Tjalf at February 8, 2005 06:09 PM
Hi Philipp, thanks a lot, really !! i wasted yet about 4 hours, without any results, and now i tried your suggestion, and it works,,thanks a lot....
Posted by: Kaveh Poorfouladchi at February 10, 2005 11:25 PM
and best wishes from Vienna...
Posted by: Kaveh Poorfouladchi at February 10, 2005 11:27 PM
I spent two weeks in Graz and had a blast!
Posted by: Phil at February 11, 2005 07:21 AM
Thanks A LOT from a French guy!
I baught a sandisk pcmcia card yesterday and didn't find how it can works until now!
Posted by: Michel at February 16, 2005 06:16 AM
Tried this, but my system wont boot if i rename or remove atapi.sys... :( Any other suggestions?
Posted by: Oscar at February 21, 2005 02:47 PM
Don't reboot between the delete and re-insertion of the card. Just rename it and let the system pull a new copy when it sees the new hardware.
Posted by: Phil at February 22, 2005 07:57 AM
Worked for me on an Acer TravelMate 8002LCi laptop running XP SP2 for an O2Micro SmartCardBus device. Many thanks.
Posted by: Anonymous at February 22, 2005 08:09 AM