View Full Version : [ubuntu] SD card reader doesn't work

May 23rd, 2008, 01:17 PM
I have a relatively new gazelle value with a clean install of Hardy running on it. I plugged in the SD card of my camera in the card reader and nothing happened. I did a tail -f /var/log/message and no new messages are displayed when I insert the card.

To describe in detail. I took out the sony memory stick pro duo (magic gate mark 2) 8 gb card out of my camera and put it into the sony memory stick duo adaptor (MSAC-M2). The symbol on the adaptor matches the symbol next to the card reader so I assume they are compatible. I stick in the card into the PC and feel that it fits into place. The card is halfway in.

Any ideas?


May 23rd, 2008, 01:32 PM
I don't know about the gazelle, but on the daru2 half way in is not far enough.
Half way in there is some resistance like it's coming up against a spring.
Keep pushing it will go almost all the way in.
When released the card comes back out a little so about 1/8 inch is exposed.
To release it push again & it will come back out.


May 23rd, 2008, 02:08 PM
There is no spring mechanism in gazelle. It feels like if I push any harder (after halfway) I might break something.

May 23rd, 2008, 03:15 PM
I just checked on my GazV5, and the card reader works under Hardy. Also, I don't believe it is supported by the System76 driver; it works out of the box with Ubuntu.

A standard SD card slides in MORE than 3/4 of the way. So, if you are saying that your *adapter* only slides in half way, that is probably correct (as it is pretty long). You should try to just insert a standard SD card. If the standard card works, you know there is some sort of compatiblity/functionality problem with the adapter.

May 23rd, 2008, 05:08 PM
If you can't get the adaptor to work you might try a memory card reader that connects via a usb cable.
They have gotten really cheap and have slots for just about any kind of memory card your likely to come across.


May 23rd, 2008, 06:24 PM
Any way you could try on a Pangolin running 64bit Gutsy? I've got a PanV3 and if it's reading the card I can't find it. I know I'm using the right kind of card, too; the logo on the card matches one of the logos right beside the card reader opening.

Now that I've gotten very accustomed to my compy, a review is on the way...

May 23rd, 2008, 06:40 PM

Under Gutsy 64-bit, the card reader is supported by the System76 driver. Please go to System > Administration > System76 Driver > Install Tab > Install Button.

Then reboot your computer.

Then go to a terminal and enter:
tail -f /var/log/syslog and press enter.
Does your computer mount the card? If not, what is the output in the terminal?

May 23rd, 2008, 10:33 PM
Wow, there's mud on my face. If that's even how the saying goes.

I thought I had already installed the latest driver, but apparently not. Everything works great now, shows up on desktop instantly after inserting the card. I've now got a s76 launcher on my AWN to remind me. Thanks Tom.