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    Default Memory Card Reader Problem

    Hi, I have a laptop with an internal memory card slot, however nothing happens when I insert my SD memory card into it. It's recognised when I check the Hardware Information in Yast, it comes up with the following information

    63: udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_104c_803b'
    pci.product = '5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)'
    pci.subsys_vendor = 'Acer Incorporated [ALI]'
    linux.sysfs_path_device
    Do I need to install some drivers for it to work, or anything else? I have OpenSUSE 10.2 with KDE.

    Thanks for any help.

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    Uwe Buckesfeld NNTP User

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    * TimDavies,

    laptop card readers are a PITA with Linux. My Samsung Q45 is the first laptop ever where the reader works.

    Which machine (brand, model) are we talking about?

    Uwe

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    Default Re: Memory Card Reader Problem

    I have an acer ferrari 4006 which contains a builtin TI memory card reader.

    lspci gives me this:

    06:09.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller

    The reader has been working fine for a while now thanks to the tifm driver. The driver was merged into the kernel some time ago (can't remember what kernel version, but it was either 2.6.18 or 2.6.22). Check lspci to find the exact name of your card reader. Also, look at dmesg right after inserting a card.

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    Default Re: Memory Card Reader Problem

    Quote Originally Posted by Uwe Buckesfeld View Post
    Which machine (brand, model) are we talking about?
    It's an Acer, Aspire 3680.

    Check lspci to find the exact name of your card reader. Also, look at dmesg right after inserting a card.
    I'm sorry, I'm a bit inexperinced with Linux. How do I find out the lspci, and where do I find the dmesg.

    Thank you both for your advice and help.

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    Default Re: Memory Card Reader Problem

    On a good day, I can actually open an SD card on my laptop (HP dv6645), but usually it completely freezes the entire machine on insertion!

    I actually saw an ASUS laptop (can't remember which model) where SD cards worked perfectly!

    But I think generally we are completely out of luck when it comes to SD cards .

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    That's a real pity. Fortunately DigiKam works with my camera so I can download and delete from the card, however I'd have liked to put movies onto it, and use other peoples.

    Thanks for telling me anyway wehrmacht

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    leech01 NNTP User

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    hi tim,

    take a look at

    GeekLand | Internen SD-Cardreader mit Linux nutzen (Lenovo Z61m, OpenSuSE 10.2)

    it worked for me. it's in german though, so i can translate it if you want
    bye

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    Uwe Buckesfeld NNTP User

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    * TimDavies wrote, On 06/24/2008 11:26 AM:
    > That's a real pity. Fortunately DigiKam works with my camera so I can
    > download and delete from the card, however I'd have liked to put movies
    > onto it, and use other peoples.


    A cheap USB reader will work. I think I paid 7.95 Euro for mine and it is only slightly bigger than a USB stick.

    As for your problem: If it is a Texas Instruments chip, it could work.

    Open a console.
    Become root by typing "su"
    Enter "lspci"

    If the chip turns out to be a TI, enter
    modprobe tifm_sd
    and insert a card.

    > Thanks for telling me anyway wehrmacht


    But he's wrong, the cardreader in my Samsung Q45 works fine :-P
    ;-)

    Uwe

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    Default Re: Memory Card Reader Problem

    Open a console.
    Become root by typing "su"
    Enter "lspci"

    If the chip turns out to be a TI, enter
    modprobe tifm_sd
    and insert a card.
    The chip is a TI, but when I put in "modprobe tifm_sd", it says "FATAL: Module tifm_sd not found.". Do I need to install something else from Yast?

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    Uwe Buckesfeld NNTP User

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    On 06/24/2008 TimDavies wrote:
    > The chip is a TI, but when I put in "modprobe tifm_sd", it says
    > "FATAL: Module tifm_sd not found.". Do I need to install something
    > else from Yast?


    Are you root when you do that?
    It's a kernel module, no need to install extras.

    Uwe

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