You cannot access files on a memory card in a networked printer's built-in memory card reader, and you receive an error message in Windows Vista or in Windows XP SP2: "\\<IP_Address>\memory_card refers to a location that is unavailable"
In Windows Vista or in Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), when you try to access the files on a memory card in a networked printer's built-in memory card reader, you may receive an error message that resembles the following:
\\IP_Address\memory_card refers to a location that is unavailable. It could be on a hard drive on this computer, or on a network. Check to make sure that the disk is properly inserted, or that you are connected to the Internet or your network, and then try again. If it still cannot be located, the information might have been moved to a different location.
You cannot print the files that are stored on the memory card.
When this problem occurs, you may be able to use Windows Photo Gallery or Windows Live Photo Gallery to open the files on the memory card. However, you cannot save a file to the memory card by using a different name.
The memory card reader may support any of the following memory cards in addition to other memory cards:
CompactFlash Type I
CompactFlash Type II
Secure Digital MultiMediaCard (MMC)
xD Picture Card
Service pack information
To resolve this problem, obtain the latest service pack for Windows Vista. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935791 How to obtain the latest Windows Vista service pack
A supported hotfix is available from Microsoft. However, this hotfix is intended to correct only the problem that is described in this article. Apply this hotfix only to systems that are experiencing this specific problem. This hotfix might receive additional testing. Therefore, if you are not severely affected by this problem, we recommend that you wait for the next software update that contains this hotfix.
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