moderated How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?


Kane Brolin
 

Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC. But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card. This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane


Milton Ota
 

From a power state of off, press the power button and the very far left front panel button down together and you should be be able to see the Focus as an external drive in File Explorer.

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Subject: How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?

Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC. But even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card. This happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane


TJ McElroy gMail
 

Hi,

I found your question intrusting, so I googled the following:

Focus 14, 40, and 80 Blue - 5th Generation User's Guide
https://www.freedomscientific.com/Content/Documents/Manuals/Focus/Focus-Blue-Online-Users-Guide.htm

The Scratchpad allows you to open and read braille formatted files that use the BRF extension from various services such as BARD directly on your Focus
display. To transfer BRF files to the Micro SD card:
list of 2 items
1. Close the Scratchpad and power off the Focus.
2. Press and hold the Left Panning  button while simultaneously powering on the display. Connect the Focus to your computer using the supplied USB cable,
and the display will be recognized as a removable USB drive.
list end
Note: If you use a screen reader such as JAWS over USB, it is recommended that you turn on speech or use a Bluetooth connection as braille will currently
not work over USB when the Focus is being used as a storage device. You will also not be able to use the Scratchpad while in this mode.
list of 5 items
3. On the PC, open the folder containing your BRF files, select the files you want, and then press CTRL+C .
4. Navigate to and open the USB drive to display the contents of the Micro SD card.
5. Open FSI, Focus5, Scratchpad, Books, and then press CTRL+V  to place the BRF files into this folder.
6. Once you have finished transferring BRF books, press the APPLICATIONS  key on your computer while focused on the USB drive, and choose Eject.
7. Power the Focus off and back on and you will once again be able to use the Scratchpad as well as receive braille output from your screen reader over
USB.
list end

hth,


On 12/4/2022 3:42 PM, Kane Brolin wrote:

Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC.  But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card.  This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane







Ashleigh Piccinino
 

This is not going to be as short as I think it should be, but you need to have your focus for the display in what I call quote Drive quote mode.

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Subject: How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?
 
Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC.  But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card.  This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane






Ashleigh Piccinino
 

Please read the first e-mail in this thread of mine first period to put your display in quote Drive quote mode. Do the following. 1. Make sure your display is turned off. 2. Press the power button and the left panning button together. While plugging in the display. Three, the display will now issue as a drive, hence quote Drive quote mode.

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Subject: How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?
 
Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC.  But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card.  This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane






Ashleigh Piccinino
 

This is the last of my emails in this thread. After you have your display. As a drive, you can view things on it. And. Copy and delete things. However, you cannot work the display. Itself. You will have to unplug. The drive mode. To do this. Drive Mode is also. Good for updating your display.

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Subject: How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?
 
Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC.  But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card.  This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane






Ashleigh Piccinino
 

Finally, as this is the last e-mail, not the last one. , do not. Put anything on the charging port of your display when your charger port is inserted. This bends the L ports. Pins. ... The L port is where. The thing is. Plugged in.

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Subject: How To Get My Focus 40 To Be Recognized As A Storage Drive?
 
Hi, everybody.

I just received a 5th Generation Focus 40 Braille display: the first
one I ever have owned which contains a 32-GB micro-SD card slot.

When I connect the Focus 40 via its USB cord to a PC, it automatically
comes alive to serve as a "slave" Braille display to that PC.  But
even though there is a card in the card reader slot, that storage card
is not recognized by any of the three computers I've tried it on.

One of the reasons I purchased the Focus 40 is that I want to be able
to travel with it and use it as a self-contained Braille display, with
files in BRF that may be read or edited from the micro-SD card.  This
happens to be the only micro-SD card reader that I own; so I would
prefer not to have to purchase another card-reading device; and, more
to the point, I don't want to have to remove and replace this small
and delicate card if I can simply leave it permanently inside the
Focus 40 and write directly to the card that way.

How do I adjust the settings of this display to get the functionality I want?

Thanks in advance for your responses.

Respectfully,

-Kane