I recently bought a Soyo Bay One smart card reader.
The card reader function of the unit simply plugs into a USB header on my motherboard.
The installation CD for this reader appears to load only a little tray icon called "Icon Mon" which, when right clicked, has but one option -"Force".
Hook the USB header up and hark! all the various card readers show up in My Computer as different Drives with Removable Storage right along with my CD-RW and DVD-ROM.
The device also shows up in the Device Manager and shows that it working properly...no little yellow exclamation points.
Most importantly, it will read the memory card from my digicam.
All would seem peachy.
About every 5-6 reboots (which I've been doing a lot lately as I screw around with my hardware configuration! the reader fails to appear in My Computer and shows up in Device Manager as 'unknown storage device"
Clicking the "force" option on the Icon Monitor does nothing.
If I reach into the case and briefly unplug the USB connection then replug it, the reader reappears in my computer and all is again hunkey dory.
Basically, every so often either my computer fails to look for the device on this USB connector (I have tried switching to the alternate USB header on my mobo and that doesn't help) or (my personal favorite theory) at bootup the device fails to raise it's hand and announce it's presence to the OS.
Either way it's very irritating.
I've been to the Soyo website and although they do list the device in the sales/product section, there is no mention of it in the download drivers/patches/upgrade firmware section.