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Old 01-23-2005, 07:02 PM   #1
labworker
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Internal SD card reader...where is it?


Running Mandrake 10.1 on a Toshiba M30 laptop. The laptop has an internal SD card reader, as well as a plastic pullout shelf that may read other types of cards.

I've plugged an SD card into the reader, but nothing happens.

Using the MCC under Hardware it lists the following under "Bridges and system controlers":

Identification
Vendor: ‎Toshiba America Info Systems
Description: ‎SD TypA Controller
Media class: ‎SYSTEM_OTHER
Connection
Bus: ‎PCI
Bus PCI #: ‎2
PCI device #: ‎13
PCI function #: ‎0
Vendor ID: ‎4473
Device ID: ‎2053
Sub vendor ID: ‎4473
Sub device ID: ‎1

Is this my SD card reader? If so, how do I read whats on the card? Do I have to mount it as a drive? The only devices I have listed are my harddrive partitions and /dev/sda1 which is my camera when its plugged in.

I've read some stuff about the kernel not "probing all luns" but this seams to be more for plug in USB multi card readers, is this correct?

Cheers for the help!
 
Old 01-23-2005, 07:41 PM   #2
Caeda
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Well you could have read the hardware compatibility list, where the controllers are listed. Or you could have read the other 10 posts about this hardware. But here's the summary.

You don't mount it. You don't use it. They don't work.
Since they are present only in Toshiba laptops, and Toshiba changes the model and drivers for the card readers for every laptop they release, there's no incentive for people to write drivers for them. Suse lists them as well, in the hardware and in lspci. And also lists them as (Disabled)
 
Old 02-17-2005, 01:58 PM   #3
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There is no need to be rude. I have read that there are ways to get the readers to work. It will take work, but it can be done. I have read a couple of posts on different websites to get them to work. http://www.knoppix.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6954. Try this post.
Thanks
Steve
 
Old 02-17-2005, 08:25 PM   #4
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They're also in HP and Compaq laptops, too. I have one in my Compaq X1000. Here are a couple of links that will give some pointers for getting it going. Looks like there are several kernel patches. I'll probably wait 'till it's incorporated into the stock kernel or until I really need it.

Try these: http://personal.eunet.fi/pp/joakim/nx7010.html#mmc
and: http://projects.drzeus.cx/wbsd/

Good luck.
 
Old 02-25-2005, 10:53 PM   #5
Caeda
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Nice, um..
Sellsw1711? That's for a 6 in one "USB" reader, and this is an internet toshiba non usb card reader.
mimurray. Yours is an internal reader but it's also usb, as they work and show up as such straight out of the box on suse last time I used a compaq.
 
Old 02-27-2005, 01:00 AM   #6
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Actually, Caeda, mine seems to be a PCI device, not a USB device. It is a Windbond W83L51xD SD/MMC card interface. Now, I'm not sure if labworker's Toshiba uses this, but my point was that there are drivers for these types of devices.
 
Old 02-27-2005, 03:11 PM   #7
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Toshiba has a very closed source interface for SD cards. I have a A25-S207 laptop and when I first installed linux on it I contacted them about SD card support. They told me that there was a NDA in effect, so they couldn't release the information.
This is also the reason that Toshiba Pocket PC's are the only ones that 802.11 wireless SD cards don't work in.
Toshiba has some good Linux support, but this is a glaring ommission.
Needless to say, I'll never buy another Toshiba product as long as they insist using such proprietory interfaces.
 
Old 03-06-2005, 11:55 PM   #8
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That's nice mimurray. But suse still thinkgs its a usb device and loads it as such on compaq laptops, regaurdless of how it is physically attached to the board. Compaq readers work.
 
  


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