Well, the problem seems to lie with the adafruit shield itself. I am using arduino v0022 which is what I was told from adafruit. Now it seems my microSD Card that I have isn't being located by the shield. I have a PYN 4GB microSD card, and a Kingtson 8GB microSD Card and neither one seems to work. Of course adafruit tells me to purchase their 2GB microSD Card. So that's where it's left for now. I've downloaded the libraries and am all set there. Thanks for your interest in trying to help me. I find the www.ladyada
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