Sony Japan Posts Fix for Memory Stick Problem with NR Series (Updated)
Sony Japan has posted on its support site a patch that seems to fix the problems some NR series handhelds have had with their Memory Stick slot. However, Sony has not officially acknowledged that the problem exists and the patch only says it is a bug fix for an unspecified read/write errors. Though Sony has only posted this fix on its Japanese site, it doesn't say anything about being only for Japanese versions of the handhelds.
Update: According to a third-party developer, this fix isn't for the Memory Stick disconnect problem at all.
Update (cont.): The developer says the patch on the Japanese site is most likely a fix for a data corruption bug that can happen when apps write data to the Memory Stick. This bug isn't well known because most people use external memory for reading data and few applications do much writing. It is also fairly rare and certain conditions have to occur for the bug to happen.
Sony also says that this fix is for the new T665C, so presumably some users are experiencing problems with the Memory Stick slot on that model, as well.
A Japanese user who was having almost daily problems with his NR70V losing contact with the Memory Stick in the slot reports that after installing the fix five days ago, it hasn't happened again.
Though Sony's Japanese support site doesn't explicitly state that this patch is only for Japanese versions of their handhelds, users of English versions should use caution before installing it. Though some impatience is understandable, the safest option is to wait for it to be posted on Sony U.S.A.'s support site. At the very least, be sure and backup the handheld before installing it, in case a hard reset is necessary.
About the Problem
Some readers report that after owning the NR70 or NR70V for a few weeks, it will occasionally lose contact with the Memory Stick on the slot.
When it first begins to happen, this will be be a momentary problem. This means that the user will be doing something unrelated to the Memory Stick when it will suddenly beep like it has been ejected, then beep again and the application launcher will open as if a Memory Stick had been reinserted .
Some users have reported that the problem became progressively worse until the unit would no longer read any Memory Stick or even acknowledge that one had been inserted.
Thanks to Rabs for the tip and Eugene for his help with this article. -Ed
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