Share your knowledge at the LQ Wiki.
Go Back > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware
User Name
Linux - Hardware This forum is for Hardware issues.
Having trouble installing a piece of hardware? Want to know if that peripheral is compatible with Linux?


  Search this Thread
Old 11-21-2004, 09:09 PM   #1
Simon Bridge
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Waiheke NZ
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 9,211

Rep: Reputation: 198Reputation: 198
usb driver for memory stick pro device

has anyone been able to mount a usb memory stick "pro" mass-storage device... like a camera or whatever? If so, please let me know how... do I need a special driver? (compared with the usual, non "pro", style device).
Old 11-21-2004, 10:49 PM   #2
Registered: Sep 2003
Location: Stevenson, WA, USA
Distribution: Slackware
Posts: 232

Rep: Reputation: 30
I think "pro" is just a marketing device and should mount normally.

Did you encounter anything to the contrary?
Old 11-22-2004, 12:29 AM   #3
Registered: Mar 2004
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Distribution: VectorLinux; Ubuntu
Posts: 135

Rep: Reputation: 15
I think your problem might be that Sony cameras etc. aren't your standard Mass Storage Devices. They normally need a driver to operate on Windows/Mac. To read your memory stick pro through your camera - visit and see if your camera is supported. (There's probably a KDE alternative if that's your flavour.)

Otherwise, you should be able to pick up a Memory Stick Pro reader when you plug into your USB port and then plug in your MS Pro - then it should work like a normal USB Mass Storage Device.

(BTW Berto - I understand that MS Pro is significantly different from the standard Sony MS. I assume it's a technical difference that allows the format to hold more than 128MB - the upper limit for a normal Memory Stick.)

Old 11-23-2004, 03:11 AM   #4
Simon Bridge
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Waiheke NZ
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 9,211

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 198Reputation: 198

I have gphoto2 and so on already... the gphoto folk suggest

in their manual.

The camera has options: "normal", "PTP", and "PictBridge".

normal is the mass storage option I used before... the P-32 worked fine as a mass storage device - even letting me write to the stick.

PictBridge is the printer option - never used.

PTP is, presumably, recognised by gphoto and so on.

I note that windows seems to need external drivers for most everything.

Soney says that the memory stick pro devices are not always compatable with third party drivers but do not elaborate. The "pro" label, indeed, indicates a technological difference in the device.

However - it looks like my camera is still using the old (non pro) memory stick??? I'm not sure what is supposed to be going on, but I suspect that a mass storage reader will be the way to go... then I can read other stuff too

aside: what happened was... the P-32 (wonderful camera BTW) broke - while being fixed I got a loaner of a P-73, which is the P-72 with the pro option. Today, the supplier has given up fixing the old P-32 and has given me a replacement camera, which is the P-41. I've got it home, only to find that it too is a pro model... grrrr!

maybe if I use a pro mem stick in the camera it'll interface... but I doubt that would cause this problem. eg. Why would it not be recognised as a block special device?
Old 11-23-2004, 08:57 PM   #5
Simon Bridge
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Waiheke NZ
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 9,211

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 198Reputation: 198
gphoto does not recognise PTP - but jPhoto does ( and it's really small. I'll try it out later this week.

Do the later kernels have explicit support for mem-stick-pro? I'd better give up my details, since this seems to be a trickier problem than anticipated:

I am running redhat 9 with the 2.4.22 kernel on an intel celeron (i686) and SiS chipset motherboard.

as root:
mount -t vfat /dev/sda1 /mnt/camera

/dev/sda1 is not a valid block special device

hub.c: new USB device 00:0b.0-1, assigned address 9
usb.c: kmalloc IF c3bf37c0, numif 1
usb.c: new device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
usb.c: USB device number 9 default language ID 0x409
Manufacturer: Sony
Product: Sony DSC
usb.c: unhandled interfaces on device
usb.c: USB device 9 (vend/prod 0x54c/0x10) is not claimed by any active driver.

Module Size Used by Not tainted
nls_iso8859-1 3516 1 (autoclean)
usb-ohci 21448 0 (unused)
usb-storage 28400 0 (unused)
sd_mod 12556 0 (unused)
scsi_mod 70836 1 [usb-storage sd_mod]
isofs 20812 1 (autoclean)
ppp_async 9440 1 (autoclean)
ppp_generic 21180 3 (autoclean) [ppp_async]
slhc 6740 1 (autoclean) [ppp_generic]
ide-cd 35680 1 (autoclean)
cdrom 33696 0 (autoclean) [ide-cd]
parport_pc 19044 0 (autoclean)
parport 37056 0 (autoclean) [parport_pc]
apm 12680 2
8139too 17320 0
mii 3976 0 [8139too]
crc32 3712 0 [8139too]
ipt_state 1048 3 (autoclean)
ip_conntrack 27272 1 (autoclean) [ipt_state]
iptable_filter 2412 1 (autoclean)
ip_tables 15520 2 [ipt_state iptable_filter]
keybdev 2944 0 (unused)
mousedev 5556 1
input 5760 0 [keybdev mousedev]
hid 12408 0 (unused)
unix 18120 251 (autoclean)
Old 05-22-2005, 08:25 AM   #6
Simon Bridge
LQ Guru
Registered: Oct 2003
Location: Waiheke NZ
Distribution: Ubuntu
Posts: 9,211

Original Poster
Rep: Reputation: 198Reputation: 198
And nothing further - gtkam apparently recognises the P73 as a P72 in PTP. But I now use a card reader - it is more relable.


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Missing memory in USB stick, flash memory, removable hd etc bamboo_spider Linux - Newbie 3 06-14-2006 06:39 PM
cybershot p-73 memory stick pro access Simon Bridge Linux - Hardware 12 05-22-2005 11:08 PM
Valid block device for USB memory stick on SUSE 9.2 amala Linux - Hardware 5 12-24-2004 01:20 PM
Memory Stick Duo Pro / Card Reader: Trouble! MMHein Linux - Hardware 1 09-28-2004 03:35 PM
USB Song Memory Stick Device KePSuX Linux - Hardware 3 07-09-2003 05:38 PM > Forums > Linux Forums > Linux - Hardware

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:17 PM.

Main Menu
Write for LQ is looking for people interested in writing Editorials, Articles, Reviews, and more. If you'd like to contribute content, let us know.
Main Menu
RSS1  Latest Threads
RSS1  LQ News
Twitter: @linuxquestions
Open Source Consulting | Domain Registration