Getting SD Fail errors

I have an Arduino Mega 2560 and Arduino Ethernet shield with SD card slot and 4 gig SD card. I am getting an SD Fail error most of the time. Sometimes it works but mostly it fails. So it is never exiting SETUP without a fail. The simple test sketch I am using to test is:

#include <SD.h>
#include <SPI.h>

File myFile;      
int j;   //loop counter
char kwh[10]; 

float testk = 10.00;
float results;

void setup() {
  pinMode(53, OUTPUT);
 //pinMode(10, OUTPUT);

  while (!SD.begin(53)) {        
    Serial.println("SD fail");
    return; }

  if (SD.begin(53)) Serial.println("SD card ready");


void loop() {

  Serial.println("Start of test");

  myFile ="test.txt", FILE_WRITE); //open file for writing
  if (myFile) {   
    Serial.println("Open file test for Write");; //set to write to first byte of file
    myFile.close();  //save kilowattHour to file

    myFile ="test.txt");
    j = 0;
    do {
      // test for kwh full
      if (j == sizeof(kwh)) {
        Serial.println("line too long");
        break; }

      kwh[j] =; } 
    while (kwh[j++] != '\r');	 

    results = atof(&kwh[0]);  
    Serial.print("Read from SD card: ");

  } // end of if myfile code
  else {
    // if the file didn't open, print an error:
    Serial.println("error reading test.txt"); 

}  // LOOP end

I don’t know why it is not working. I tried various CS pins and BEGIN statements but nothing works. This shouldnt be so hard!! Ideas?

Disable the w5100 SPI and use the correct SS pin (D4).

void setup() {

  // disable w5100 SPI while starting SD
  pinMode(10, OUTPUT);
  digitalWrite(10, HIGH);

  if (!SD.begin(4)) Serial.println("SD fail");
  else Serial.println("SD ok");