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    Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Hi all

    Recent convert to Ubuntu 10.04. All working well apart from email/chat which I have posted in the networking forum.

    Anyway, just noticed that the card reader on my Acer Aspire 5102 laptop does not work or recognise my cards either sd or memory stick.

    lspc:

    06:04.0 CardBus bridge: ENE Technology Inc CB-712/4 Cardbus Controller (rev 10)
    06:04.1 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Memory Stick Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
    06:04.2 SD Host controller: ENE Technology Inc ENE PCI Secure Digital Card Reader Controller (rev 01)
    06:04.3 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc: (rev 01)
    06:04.4 FLASH memory: ENE Technology Inc SD/MMC Card Reader Controller (rev 01)

    it is all there but it can't read the cards. searching does not find any solutions in the forum.

    any help?

    thanks

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    *bump.....

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Insert a card in the reader, then see if
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    can show it in the drives' list. If it does, then manual mounting is possible. If not, then maybe you need to update via update manager or see if there is a proprietary driver available under System>Administration>Hardware Drivers.

    You said
    ....does not work or recognise my cards either sd or memory stick.
    Do you mean it is unable to mount even a USB Flash Drive?
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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    Insert a card in the reader, then see if
    Code:
    sudo fdisk -l
    can show it in the drives' list. If it does, then manual mounting is possible. If not, then maybe you need to update via update manager or see if there is a proprietary driver available under System>Administration>Hardware Drivers.

    You said
    Do you mean it is unable to mount even a USB Flash Drive?
    Hi thanks for the reply.

    fdisk:

    Code:
    Disk /dev/sda: 80.0 GB, 80026361856 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 9729 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x000c1679
    
       Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
    /dev/sda1   *           1        9328    74920960   83  Linux
    /dev/sda2            9328        9730     3227649    5  Extended
    /dev/sda5            9328        9730     3227648   82  Linux swap / Solaris
    so it seems that it is not even recognising the sd card.

    Memory stick is sony's 'memory stick' cards.

    USB thumb drives work fine.

    Wil try and update the drivers and see.

    Thanks again for the help

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    I did try to update using the hardware drivers but it says no 'propriety drivers are in use in this system'

    What do I do now??

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Sorry for not coming up with a solution, but a quick suggestion for now is to try a Live CD of some other distro like Mint9, Slax, etc. & see if the card gets detected there.

    Also, does dmesg command show any errors about 'flash' or 'card reader'?
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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by varunendra View Post
    Sorry for not coming up with a solution, but a quick suggestion for now is to try a Live CD of some other distro like Mint9, Slax, etc. & see if the card gets detected there.

    Also, does dmesg command show any errors about 'flash' or 'card reader'?
    hi

    haven't had a chance to dload any new live cds as yet, but dmesg did not give any errors,

    Code:
    [   15.775673] sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver
    [   15.775676] sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
    [   15.785758] sdhci-pci 0000:06:04.2: SDHCI controller found [1524:0550] (rev 1)
    [   15.785783]   alloc irq_desc for 23 on node -1
    [   15.785785]   alloc kstat_irqs on node -1
    [   15.785792] sdhci-pci 0000:06:04.2: PCI INT B -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
    [   15.785961] Registered led device: mmc0::
    [   15.786019] mmc0: SDHCI controller on PCI [0000:06:04.2] using PIO
    [   15.786039] sdhci-pci 0000:06:04.4: SDHCI controller found [1524:0551] (rev 1)
    [   15.786055] sdhci-pci 0000:06:04.4: enabling device (0000 -> 0002)
    [   15.786061] sdhci-pci 0000:06:04.4: PCI INT B -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 23
    [   15.786125] Registered led device: mmc1::
    [   15.786180] mmc1: SDHCI controller on PCI [0000:06:04.4] using PIO
    i'm sure there are others like me using an acer laptop??

    any other help?

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Quote Originally Posted by wanwarlock View Post
    i'm sure there are others like me using an acer laptop??
    ....sure! Trying another OS has become just a routine check for me (especially with Lucid, since I've seen plenty of complains about its incompatibility with hardwares that were compatible with previous versions!) to ensure that the problem is not on the hardware side.

    Another stupid question (stupid in the sense that the device is already detected & no errors reported, still I want to check this-):-
    Have you crosschecked that the card reader is enabled in the BIOS?

    If you can, please try Slax just to check. It is only 200 MB download & can also be simply copied to a USB thumb drive making it bootable (see instructions in download).
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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    try $ lsusb
    if you have the 0cf2:6250 ENE technology then same card reader as me.

    If so please subscribe to my bug and add weight to the problem.
    https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/633852

    It may take some time for a volunteer developer to write the driver.
    In the mean time use an external card reader or camera to read\write to card.

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    Re: Card reader not working for Acer Aspire laptop

    Well I can say I have a little older HP laptop. Seems the SD card reader works on boot. After the first suspend. It stops working.

    So, there is some issue going on in this department.

    lspci says;

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge
    00:02.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (ext gfx port 0)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
    00:06.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 2)
    00:0a.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 5)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
    00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.1 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700 USB OHCI1 Controller
    00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 3a)
    00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller
    00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration (rev 40)
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 11h [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Mobile K10 [Turion X2, Athlon X2, Sempron] Link Control
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Mobility Radeon HD 3400 Series
    01:00.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RV620 Audio device [Radeon HD 34xx Series]
    02:00.0 SATA controller: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB362/JMB363 Serial ATA Controller (rev 03)
    02:00.1 IDE interface: JMicron Technology Corp. JMB362/JMB363 Serial ATA Controller (rev 03)
    08:00.0 Network controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR928X Wireless Network Adapter (PCI-Express) (rev 01)
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
    0a:00.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): JMicron Technology Corp. IEEE 1394 Host Controller
    0a:00.1 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. SD/MMC Host Controller
    0a:00.2 SD Host controller: JMicron Technology Corp. Standard SD Host Controller
    0a:00.3 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. MS Host Controller
    0a:00.4 System peripheral: JMicron Technology Corp. xD Host Controller

    So all devices seem accounted for. It just doesn't work. See I can careless. But I figured I'd add my 2 cents.

    ITS BROKEN!

    lsusb

    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 002: ID 046d:c408 Logitech, Inc. Marble Mouse (4-button)
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 0930:a000 Toshiba Corp.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0408:03ba Quanta Computer, Inc.
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    All my usb devices work in any usb port. So. Maybe it is just crap Chinese hardware?

    Well, here is what I can report for registered drives. This is with the SD chip in the reader.

    sudo fdisk -l

    Disk /dev/sda: 32.0 GB, 32019111936 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 3892 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x00038679

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sda1 * 1 65 522081 83 Linux
    /dev/sda2 3371 3892 4192965 82 Linux swap / Solaris
    /dev/sda3 66 3370 26547412+ 83 Linux

    Partition table entries are not in disk order

    Disk /dev/sdb: 45.2 GB, 45171671040 bytes
    255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 5491 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
    Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
    Disk identifier: 0x0003d8a8

    Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
    /dev/sdb1 1 3370 27069493+ 83 Linux
    /dev/sdb2 3371 5491 17036932+ 83 Linux

    Who needs a card reader anyhow. Those are for the birds.

    I don't really need resolve. BUT avacado needs some backing. His reader needs some help.
    Last edited by LandRacer; October 22nd, 2010 at 03:55 PM.

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