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Thread: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

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    SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    In Ubuntu 12.10 with the latest driver from System76, the SD reader of the Gazelle Pro 8 works perfectly fine.

    However when I try to install another distro (dual-boot with Ubuntu), the SD card reader simply does not function. It seems that the only way to have an SD card working properly is with the System76 driver, which I'm not able to install on another distro.

    What can I do to be able to have a functioning SD card reader on another distro (Mint 14)? Is it possible to just download a driver on that distro somehow from somewhere?

    This is a picture of the SD Reader appearing as normal in Ubuntu. But this is absent in other distros. How can it be that a computer with hardware that is guaranteed to work with Linux has these issues? The hardware of my old Sony worked with all distros I tried.

    I do a lot of work with photography and the only way I can transfer files from my camera to the laptop is via the SD card.

    Thanks all
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    Last edited by IntoFlow; November 22nd, 2012 at 04:10 AM.

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    Hey all just an update..

    Tried different distros and the SD Reader simply doesn't work. As of now I still don't know of any way to make this thing work without the System76 Driver in Ubuntu.

    Ideas ?

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    The System76 driver is GPLed, so if you have some programming experience you should be able to extract the relevant code from it and build it for any distro.

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    Quote Originally Posted by IntoFlow View Post
    ...How can it be that a computer with hardware that is guaranteed to work with Linux has these issues?
    This is the thing that concerns me about System 76 - their choice to use hardware which doesn't have Linux drivers. And so you're locked in to Ubuntu, and dependent on System 76 staying around and providing updates to match new Ubuntu versions.

    I don't understand why they do this. Za Reason chooses compatible hardware; their laptops run most distributions.

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    The drivers are open source so it should work fine on other distros.
    Try inserting an sdcard and run "sudo fdisk -l" in a terminal and see if it shows up.

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    Quote Originally Posted by dogweather View Post
    I don't understand why they do this. Za Reason chooses compatible hardware; their laptops run most distributions.
    We do it because the hardware we choose offers better performance and higher quality. We do submit driver changes upstream so that they can be included in other distros as well.
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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    I got my SD Card Reader to work in Mint 14.

    lspci shows:
    03:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device 5289 (rev 01)

    grab and build the driver:
    wget https://bugs.launchpad.net/bugs/9718...ts_bpp.tar.bz2
    tar jxf rts_bpp.tar.bz2
    cd rts_bpp
    make

    Then with root/sudo from the same directory:
    make install
    depmod -a
    modprobe rts_bpp

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    Re: SD Card Reader GazP8 Not Working in Other Distros

    Hi , Do you confirm that you get a kernel crash when using a memory stick from sony on this reader ? I mailed realtek but no answer.

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