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Old 01-05-2007, 09:59 PM   #1
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xD-Picture card , how to mount/read in SUSE 10.2

I've put my Olympus xD-picture card into the 5-in-1 card read of my HP dv2000z and am trying to figure out how to mount/read it--I assume it's vfat as I can plug the camera directly into a usb port a read it ok.

lspci returns the device as:

03:09.1 Generic system peripheral [Class 0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 19)
03:09.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd Unknown device 0843 (rev 01)
03:09.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 0a)
03:09.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 05)

There's GOT to be a simple way to read the card!

Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.
Old 01-06-2007, 03:30 AM   #2
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The ricoh chipset is proprietray and they won't release the necessary information to make it work with all cards. At the moment the only card that works in that slot are SD cards.

I bought a pci express card reader to be able to access my xd cards until they get the ricoh chipset totally functional.
Old 01-06-2007, 09:17 AM   #3
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ok, i saw something to that effect along the way doing my research but didn't take it seriously--well i'll have to live with that for now.

Thanks for letting me know Bruce!
Old 01-07-2007, 10:07 AM   #4
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Not quite the answer you wanted but a get around to these "Closed Camera" hardware problems is to take the card out of the camera and then read the data via an ordinary USB or beter a faster Firewire card reader. The data will be either a TIFF, JPEG or RAW (camera manuafacturers own file formats).

Reading the data via a card reader is usually a lot quicker than reading from the camera or often even some of the built in card readers. anyway.

If you use a RAW format then you'll have to use either the Camera manufacturers own program (usually comes with the camera) or something like Adobe Photoshop to process it. RAW and JPEGS can be processed easily enough in Linux via The Gimp (or several other programs - but The Gimp is by far aand away the best.

I'm a Photographer BTW so I DO know what I'm talking about here.

Closed Formats is a big issue currently in the Photographic community -- as what happens when the camera manufacturer is no longer in business and you want to retrieve an old picture taken in a format no longer supported.

Things like Adobe's .DNG are a start however.



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Old 01-15-2007, 07:27 AM   #5
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I also have XD card reader Fujifilm DPC-R1 that isn't recoginized, though this: (Google cache, main link down) seems to indicate that there is a driver for it.

Assuming I cannot get the Fujifilm DPC-R1 XD card reader functioning, what Card Reader with XD compatibility would be recommended for Linux compatibility? I do not have firewire.




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