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Old 04-10-2007, 11:00 AM   #1
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Problems attempting to install and use a SD card reader/writer

I am still fumbling my way through Simply Mepis, which is the version I use.

Today, I am attempting to get a SD memory card reader/writer to work. So I can remove images on the SD card and then some how burn them to a CD using some program on Simply Mepis. Which one?
I have spent 10 hrs. now, attempting to understand and make this reader/writer show up on my screen and show me the contents of the SD card, and then to figure out how to burn the images to a CD.
Today, I am throwing in the towel, and asking for help. I am quickly running out of time and patients, HELP!! please explain how to do this and lead me by the hand!
I would also like to know how to transfer images from one SD card to another SD card?

I am using Simply Mepis
I have an an 8 Gig hard drive.
the reader writer is made by Sakar International.

Package says:
Digital Concepts.
Multi-Media/ Secure Digital
Card Reader / Writer
Easy plug and play installation
High speed data transfer
portable compact design
USB connector
Mac and PC compatible
USB 2.0
I baught it at Wallmart

I await your help and thanks you!
newbie/ green horn at Mepis

Last edited by Flywelder; 04-10-2007 at 11:04 AM.
Old 04-10-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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It looks like you have to have your mem card inserted into the reader and simply plug it in to the usb port.
This should work, as long as the file system on the mem card is one that you have support for in your kernel. Since it is MAC PC compatible I would guess that it has a vfat file system. All the Mepis Distros that I have played with have always been very friendly with my vfat formated usb devices.

Mepis should automaticly do all the mounting for you and place an icon on your desktop.

Next I would use the K3b application to burn what you need.
Old 04-10-2007, 08:40 PM   #3
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If you can't get it to work, immediately after 1) putting your SD card into the reader; 2) plugging the reader into your usb slot, post the results of the command dmesg | tail -20
Old 04-27-2007, 07:34 PM   #4
Bill Gatz
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SD cards are hard to format

I started another thread over my misadventures trying to format an SD card. It was in Windoze. Would NOT format or be properly recognized by the system. There is a card formatter available from the Panasonic website. It is a Doze app, and it works for the most part, but I couldn't make it work on the 2 Gb card I got at MicroCenter Mall.

Lots of posts on the subject, you will see tons if you Google it. And the readme file that comes with the software is a pretty decent source of information. Anyway, one of the things I read is that if the card is recognized as removable media by Windoze, you will not be able to format it. I was having that problem. It froze Doze a lot, especially Explorer.

I booted into my Mepis installation to see what Linux might do. I have a 6 in 1 reader, but I am pretty sure it is not up-to-date. If not, that is a possible issue. Still, it normally does most of what I want, but Mepis didn't recognize that there was a disk or a USB device (as long as that card was in the reader). It reads everything else, like the CF card in that reader that I used in both Doze and Mepis. That is the type of card that came with my camera. But back to the point, I couldn't get an SD card read or formatted in Windows or Linux. But at least it didn't freeze Mepis up. Anyway, I rebooted a few times in all this and then Mepis was completely wiped off my computer. Not sure what caused it or how it happened, or if it was even related to my screwing around with that flash card. Anyway, that is what that other post is about, and I will do you a favor and not link to it. No one answered my ramblings anyhow.

I guess I will go post there that I finally got Mepis reinstalled and my 3 Doze partitions (all one XP install) are back up with no data loss.

But SD cards are bad poopie. Most posts I read said that you could use them in Doze if you had a device that used them (like a camera). Then you format with that device. It seems Doze will take it then. And if that works, I guarantee you Linux will also be able to read it as well. I don't know if there is any procedure to get them working straight off in Linux, though.

Edited to remove an extra word in a sentence (I originally said "Then you use format with that device.")

Last edited by Bill Gatz; 04-27-2007 at 07:37 PM.


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