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    Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    I have an SD Card for my Camera and Ubuntu seems to refuse to detect it. When i put it in it will not show up, no matter how long its in. When i boot up in Windows (On the same Laptop) It detects it right away with no problem. Why does this happen?

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    -Kitkin15

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Hello there,
    I once had a similar problem on opensuse. The filesystem format of the medium I wanted to mount wasn't installed, so I had to add it to /etc/filesystem.

    - BUT the external hard drive was at least recognised
    - AND I'm not sure if there's an /etc/filesystem file in ubuntu

    Hope this helped
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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Is this an SD card or a SDHC card? What capacity?
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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Try inserting the SD card BEFORE you boot the machine .. it usually works then.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Quote Originally Posted by danjh2705 View Post
    Try inserting the SD card BEFORE you boot the machine .. it usually works then.
    Tried that as well, and it didnt work.


    Also, this is a SDHC Card, i didnt know there was a difference. Its 8 GIG, SanDisc.

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    P.S. It detects EVERYTHING except this card, i have Ubuntu installed on my EXT HDD (I took my HDD out of my computer and tricked the disc to believe that my EXT was in INT) and it detects the side of my EXT HDD that has files that i use on Windows and everything (Which is what it should do) And it detects all flashdrives, Zunes, and phones that are plugged in. Its just the SDHC

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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Kitkin15 View Post
    Also, this is a SDHC Card, i didnt know there was a difference. Its 8 GIG, SanDisc.
    Yes, I thought it might be. I've found that SDHC cards are detected on some readers but not others. I first noticed this with an old card reader integrated with a floppy drive that I'd incorporated into my main desktop machine. In Ubuntu a standard SD card was detected but not an 8GB SDHC, whereas in Windows 7 on the same machine both SD and SDHC cards are detected. I tried other card readers and Ubuntu could detect SDHC in some but not others. I suspect that there is a driver issue with some card reader chipsets.

    For example, I have two of those little USB card readers about the size of a large USB pendrive with one SD slot. The one that works with an SDHC card gives this output with lsusb:

    Code:
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 04cf:8819 Myson Century, Inc. USB 2.0 SD/MMC Reader
    The one that works with SD cards only (in Ubuntu) gives this:

    Code:
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 05e3:0710 Genesys Logic, Inc. USB 2.0 33-in-1 Card Reader
    Which is interesting because I also have a USB optical drive enclosure with a Genesys chipset which is problematic in some versions of Ubuntu, but that's another story.

    I don't know of any solution if your particular card reader won't read SDHC cards - it's probably a faulty driver. The only solution I know is to get one of the small USB card readers and use that. They're not expensive but it would be a gamble. If you were unlucky you might end up with one which won't read SDHC cards either.

    It's not much consolation, but your laptop card reader will probably detect and read a standard SD card in Ubuntu. SD cards are 4GB or less, although some 4GB cards are SDHC.
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    Re: Ubuntu refuses to detect my SD Card

    Just to chime in with more information that might be related. I just updated my laptop from 10.04 to 12.04 and see problems recognizing a 2gb SD card in the multi media slot which worked fine under 10.04.

    Unlike the original post, I have not had much luck recognizing any other USB storage either.
    I inserted an IPOD mini which had always worked before and, while it showed up in diskstats, it did not automount. I mounted it manually but was not able to get Rhythmbox to recognize it. This all worked before the upgrade.

    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 003 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 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 04f2:b036 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Asus Integrated 0.3M UVC Webcam
    Bus 002 Device 006: ID 058f:6366 Alcor Micro Corp. Multi Flash Reader

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