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Old 04-14-2005, 03:02 AM   #1
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SD/MMC ricoh drivers


Hi,

I've just ordered a laptop which should arrive in a few days and I'm dying to get gentoo running on it. During this painful wait of a few days, I've been basically hunting down everything linux-related about that model. One rather bothering thing is its use of a ricoh SD/MMC card reader. According to what I've managed to gather, there is no driver for that card reader to work under linux. What's more troublesome, is the occasional suggestion I've come across that SD/MMC drivers will never be available in open source due to various patent issues. I find that strange, however, since there are Winbond (I think it's winbond at least) drivers for SD/MMC in kernel 2.6.10+. But allegedly, these don't work with ricoh.

Anyway, I know that many laptop systems actually use the ricoh card readers, so I thought I'd start this thread to see what's going on. Does anyone know if there's any work being done on reverse-engineered drivers, or wrappers, or drivers from the manufacturer why not; or anything at all really that's going? is there any hope for the near future with these card readers?

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Old 04-30-2005, 10:14 AM   #2
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No one with ricoh SD/MMC card reader care to get it working?
 
  


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