Sleuthing uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards' crappy QA

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12 Responses to “Sleuthing uncovers the mystery of Kingston MicroSD cards' crappy QA”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I bought a 16GB micro SD card made by Kingston and have had nothing but problems with it. I tried moving a bunch of music over to it and half the files changed the name to a slew of characters. It even changed the name of the card. I’ve tried reformatting the card and just sincing it to Windows Media Player but it just errors out on most of the files…once again renaming the “drive” and putting a bunch of crap on the SD card that can’t be erased. I have another card, made by another company, that hasn’t had any problems using the same card reader.

  2. marksgelter says:

    Cory? (Bottom lip quivers) You’re g-g-oing to g-grow up?

  3. Anonymous says:

    To all those people who condemm government regulation of businesses this is an example of why we need it sometimes. Do you really think the average consumer is capable of reverse engineering like this? Kingston wouldn’t change its stance until it had this put in front of it.

    • zyodei says:

      Ummm…well, I don’t see where you’re coming from.

      Do you think the average government regulator is capable of reverse engineering like this?

      You don’t need “the average consumer” to be able to engineer like this. All the “average consumer” has to do is be able to read a simple write up like this. Information wants to be free – all it takes is one person to reverse engineer it. You might note, this was done by a private businessman, interested in ensuring the quality of his product.

      But it’s silly to give that person the power to shut down production completely, or levy large fines that never get to the consumer anyway.

      What could be more damaging to a company than a story like this getting widely distributed? What could the government do that could even come close?

      I feel that the popularity and ubiquity of the Internet obsoletes many government regulations. As more and more people turn to the Internet to make purchasing decisions (including both end users and retail store purchasing agents), this type of “spontaneous regulation” will become more and more common, and more and more effective.

      This system of punishing bad companies by hurting their reputation and thus sales is transparent, fair, quick to react to changing conditions, bottom-up democratic, affordable, powerful enough to actually effect the bottom line of the largest corporations, and not prone to abuse.

      None of which apply to government regulations.

  4. Anonymous says:

    It’s always amazing to me that otherwise quite bright people fail to realize that low cost and high quality compete. Further there are a million ways to cut costs that effect the end product adversely for the customer. Low cost providers seldom care and lip service is their best response. QA people call this “the tap dance” approach to marketing.

  5. jwb says:

    Unfortunately in some parts of the world nothing is too cheap to counterfeit. People have been counterfeiting transistors for decades. See http://sound.westhost.com/fake/counterfeit-p2.htm for some example photographs of counterfeit Toshiba and Motorola transistors.

  6. gollux says:

    My experience, stay away from Kingston. There was a short period of time where they were producing quality memory. It seems to be in the past, never to be repeated. The best crash on memory purchased after the downturn wiped the MFT on a Windows XP system causing much hatred and discontent recovering data.

  7. invictus says:

    …aaand crashed the site.

  8. cinemajay says:

    Site either looks boinged or torpedoed by bad guys.

  9. cymk says:

    Wow, and here I thought Kingston was good. I have purchased SD cards from them in the past and haven’t had any issues with them so far (knocks on wood) but to be fair its been a few years since I last purchased a Kingston product.

  10. Grey Devil says:

    I’m a Chumby owner, and i regularly read Bunnie’s blog. I wish i was as brilliant as he is lol. But this whole issue with Kingston is rather disconcerting, and if i recall correctly he was complaining that most flash cards he was testing were too prone to failing.

  11. Anonymous says:

    Kingston was the best in the days of SIPPs and early SIMMs. Not since.

    Go SANdisk brand for SD cards, and get regular SD not SDHC, you won’t regret it.

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