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Old 05-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Unhappy SD card with linux


hello gang and nice to hook heads with the bunch of you.i recently install linux mint on my toshiba satellite A series laptop and discovered that my SD card doesnt work nor is it recognized.i know this is an old laptop but it has served me well in windows.wanted to try linux because it is now a rage where i am from.is there anyway i can get this SD card to work in linux?

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Old 05-11-2010, 05:38 AM   #2
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Did you install the drivers for the filesystem used on your SD card (usually fat16/32)?
 
Old 05-11-2010, 09:03 AM   #3
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This may help: http://www.cs.sfu.ca/~ggbaker/personal/cf-linux
 
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:31 PM   #4
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thank you Ali yas for taking the time to respond to my question but will like to know if you can elaborate more on your question. i dont quite follow.
 
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Old 05-12-2010, 06:44 PM   #5
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The first stop should be checking if the kernel is at all seeing and recognizing your sd card.
Open a console and type

dmesg

that will show kernel messages. After you plug in the card, the kernel should immediately say something.

in my example, just plugging in a USB SD card reader:

[179708.322673] usb 4-2: new high speed USB device using ehci_hcd and address 2
[179708.459443] usb 4-2: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
[179708.460990] usb 4-2: New USB device found, idVendor=0781, idProduct=a7c1
[179708.460992] usb 4-2: New USB device strings: Mfr=3, Product=4, SerialNumber=2
[179708.460994] usb 4-2: Product: SDDR-113
[179708.460996] usb 4-2: Manufacturer: SanDisk
[179708.460997] usb 4-2: SerialNumber: 000000009412
[179708.618561] Initializing USB Mass Storage driver...
[179708.619036] scsi8 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
[179708.622560] usb-storage: device found at 2
[179708.622560] usb-storage: waiting for device to settle before scanning
[179708.619036] usbcore: registered new interface driver usb-storage
[179708.619036] USB Mass Storage support registered.
[179713.772009] usb-storage: device scan complete
[179713.772009] scsi 8:0:0:0: Direct-Access SanDisk SDDR-113 9412 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
[179714.006672] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] 7744512 512-byte hardware sectors (3965 MB)
[179714.006672] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Write Protect is off
[179714.006672] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
[179714.006672] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
[179714.009798] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] 7744512 512-byte hardware sectors (3965 MB)
[179714.011794] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Write Protect is off
[179714.011794] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Mode Sense: 03 00 00 00
[179714.011794] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Assuming drive cache: write through
[179714.011794] sdd: sdd1
[179714.011794] sd 8:0:0:0: [sdd] Attached SCSI removable disk


Now from this you can already know a lot. What typ of media it is and how many partitions are on it etc... That is the fun in Linux, you can always see what is going on.

Now at this point Linux should offer you a dialog, like "a new medium has been detected, what do you want to do?" offering to mount it. Pretty much any newer Linux will.
That means it also recognizes the filesystem on it.

Now if you don't see any message in dmesg, your kernel probably does not recognize the reader. OR the reader cannot read SDHC (high capacity) cards, meaning anything bigger then 2 gigs. Try sticking the SD card in a USB reader that you sometimes get free with the cards. It should bear the SDHC logo.
Usually, if your reader is not supported (or any hardware) it works best to try a newer kernel. In Linux, all hardware driver come packaged in the kernel, no installation is usually necessary.
So just popping in a brand new live CD and running that thing without installing it can give you a spanking new kernel to try out. Pop in the card again and see if there is a change.
 
Old 05-12-2010, 07:52 PM   #6
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A sd reader may be attached to the motherboard in a number of ways. It might be that you need to find out how it attaches in order to try to make it work.

I'd try a few live cd's just to see if one distro does see the sd card or slot.

Depending on permissions it might simply be that you have to mount it or have permissions to mount removable media.
 
  


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