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Old 07-19-2004, 09:34 AM   #1
Registered: Feb 2003
Location: The Attic. Nowhere near Texas.
Distribution: Gentoo, Kubuntu, formerly LFS, SuSE, and RedHat
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SMA03 (Driver Nightmare)

When I switched to Linux I wanted to make sure that all of my hardware would work, including my SmartMedia cardreader that came with my old Olympus digicam. Googled it and found the driver, downloaded it, and didn't untar it till I needed to download some pictures.

Apparently this company released a driver and install instructions for RedHat 7.1/TurboLinux 7 (I use SuSE 9.1 Professional) and hasn't done anything since. Also it seems that the company is japanese and has a few problems with their English translation. An example of a grammatical gem from their readme: "It suppose that the download file is extract at the root directory." (also note that they mean "/root" not "/".

Also the process they outline involves patching linux-2.4.2/drivers/usb/storage/usb.c, which doesn't work with the 2.6 kernel. When I do it in the equivalent directory it produces the following output:
[root@liz storage]# patch -p1 </home/gdexter/downloads/pack/sma03/patch/usb-storage.patch
patching file usb.c
Hunk #1 succeeded at 81 with fuzz 2 (offset 16 lines).
Hunk #2 FAILED at 825.
Hunk #3 FAILED at 871.
2 out of 3 hunks FAILED -- saving rejects to file usb.c.rej
Whats worse: This company has released drivers for Mac OS9 and Windows (9x and NT), and I've had all of them cause severe crashes on the host machines. I don't think I even trust this company's drivers not to Fail It.

I have a stable system, and I have a 1GB USB memory keychain that works on this system, and I don't want to mess that up. A Google search turns up nothing useful at all.

Is this possible to get to work on my machine? Or should I be looking at a cheap multi-format cardreader with drivers that don't suck?


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