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#1 2019-05-01 14:09:46

dbickin
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how to recognize sdcard

I was given a brand new sdcard. It says it is 32GB, and was in its original wrapping.

I've never used and sdcard before, but I gamely inserted it into the sd slot on my computer, and an LED next to the slot turned on. But nothing else happened.

I read I should do dmesg | tail to  find out the device name for it. But dmesg was identical before and after inserting the card.

While it was still in its unopened package, the top of the carboard part of the package had been cut away, so I can't read any directions it may have given.

Should I have seen something when I inserted the card or do I need to install any drivers first? I am using bunsen helium 64 bits.

Thanks,
David

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#2 2019-05-01 16:57:59

PackRat
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Re: how to recognize sdcard

You may need a driver/firmware; open a terminal and post the output of "lspci", your card should show up there.

Also, with the terminal open, insert the sdcard and note any error messages.

How old is the computer? Some older card readers cannot read a card greater that 2GB. Do you have a 2GB sdcard you can try?


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#3 2019-05-01 18:50:44

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Re: how to recognize sdcard

has the card reader ever worked?

what sort of SDcard is it? the normal, poststamp-sized variety, or a microSD?

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#4 2019-05-01 21:00:18

dbickin
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Re: how to recognize sdcard

It is a Sandisk microSD, with an adapter to fit in the postage stamp size slot, which is what my Gateway computer has.

This is the first SD card I have ever had my hands on, so the first that I have attempted to use on this, or any, machine.

The output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 Memory Controller Hub (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 PCI Express Root Port (rev 02)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation 82G965 Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 02)
00:03.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 82P965/G965 HECI Controller (rev 02)
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82562V 10/100 Network Connection (rev 02)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 02)
00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev f2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HH (ICH8DH) LPC Interface Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) 4 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.5 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HR/HO/HH (ICH8R/DO/DH) 2 port SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 02)
03:00.0 IDE interface: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88SE6101/6102 single-port PATA133 interface (rev b1)
07:01.0 Communication controller: Conexant Systems, Inc. HSF 56k Data/Fax Modem
07:03.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB43AB22A IEEE-1394a-2000 Controller (PHY/Link) [iOHCI-Lynx]

Nothing there screams SD card to me.

The computer is old. The label on front says Windows XP ready (with an add-on sticker that you can upgrade to Vista.)

This is the only SD card I have, so don't have one <2GB to try.

I got the card for free, and the computer had a slot that says it takes SD cards, so I wanted to give it a shot. No big loss if it ultimately doesn't work. (Actually, I kind of just wanted to see that the card does work because I believe my phone has a free micro SD slot, but at this point, I'd rather kill the computer than kill the phone, so I am trying to get it to work on the computer first.)

Thanks,
David

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#5 2019-05-01 23:06:54

PackRat
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Re: how to recognize sdcard

The computer is old. The label on front says Windows XP ready (with an add-on sticker that you can upgrade to Vista.)

Based on that, I'm thinking that your card reader is not SDHC compatible.

The LED light comes on, but the card isn't available. I had that issue with my HP laptop for while until realtek updated their firmware.

Did you insert the card while a terminal was open? It should show some messages.

Also in a terminal:

sudo lsusb

might show which USB device is the card reader.

Last edited by PackRat (2019-05-01 23:10:16)


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#6 2019-05-02 01:46:18

dbickin
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Re: how to recognize sdcard

Okay, makes sense and I don't need to use the drive, so I will let this drop.

BTW, saw no error messages anywhere while inserting the sd card.

And the result of LSUSB is:

Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 007 Device 002: ID 058f:9360 Alcor Micro Corp. 8-in-1 Media Card Reader
Bus 007 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 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

I googled and founds lots of hits on the Alcor not working with more than 2GB.

David

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#7 2019-05-02 06:25:03

ohnonot
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Re: how to recognize sdcard

seems the case is closed (SOLVED?).
if you care to dig deeper.

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