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Old 12-09-2009, 01:07 AM
Alan McKay
 
Default multi card reader not working

Hey folks,

Here is an odd one.

My Acer Aspire has a built in card reader for various camera cards. I
know for a fact this worked before on Ubuntu 9.10 because that was the
straw that broke the camel's back for me and finally got me to switch
over. So I guess it must have worked in the Live CD - and when it
did I figured it was time to switch from Windows. I don't recall
whether I've tried it until now since then, but trying it now it is
not working.

Googling turned up this with an odd fix :

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1308542&page=2

2 people have confirmed this worked for them. Very odd.

I'm just wondering if anyone where might have an easier fix for me -
would rather not take my PC apart again :-)

QUOTE:
ok so I got my SD cards mounting and reading now. here's what i did -
powered down
disconnected multi-card reader from motherboard
powered up and let run up to kubuntu login screen
powered down
plugged multi-card reader back into motherboard
powered up
logged in, inserted SD card, and VOILA! (NOT VIOLA)
oh and i also went into my BIOS and removed FLOPPY DRIVE from the boot
priority (because there isn't one installed - not sure if this
affected the SD issue or not...)
i know this is an odd fix and it seems strange that installing karmic
caused the issue but whatever i got it working.



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Old 12-09-2009, 09:49 AM
Werner Schram
 
Default multi card reader not working

Alan McKay wrote:
> Hey folks,
>
> Here is an odd one.
>
> My Acer Aspire has a built in card reader for various camera cards. I
> know for a fact this worked before on Ubuntu 9.10 because that was the
> straw that broke the camel's back for me and finally got me to switch
> over. So I guess it must have worked in the Live CD - and when it
> did I figured it was time to switch from Windows. I don't recall
> whether I've tried it until now since then, but trying it now it is
> not working.
>
> Googling turned up this with an odd fix :
>
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1308542&page=2
>
> 2 people have confirmed this worked for them. Very odd.
>
> I'm just wondering if anyone where might have an easier fix for me -
> would rather not take my PC apart again :-)
>
Hi Alan,

Could you post the output of:
dmesg | grep mmc
dmesg | grep sd

and the output of the following command, a few seconds after you
inserted a card in the reader:
dmesg | tail -20

have you tried if your card works on another system (Windows or your
camera)?

Werner


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Old 12-09-2009, 08:59 PM
Alan McKay
 
Default multi card reader not working

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:49 AM, Werner Schram <wrschram@gmail.com> wrote:
> dmesg | grep mmc

[ 1.367112] sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 48x/12x writer dvd-ram cd/rw
xa/form2 cdda tray

> dmesg | grep sd

root@alan-ubuntu:~# dmesg | grep sd | grep -v sda | grep -v sdb |more
[ 1.333838] sd 1:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
[ 6.471418] type=1505 audit(1260320975.995:10):
operation="profile_load" pid=482 name=/usr/sbin/cupsd
[ 6.593568] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 12.939735] type=1505 audit(1260320982.454:22):
operation="profile_replace" pid=914 name=/usr/sbin/cu
psd
[ 167.973434] sd 8:0:0:0: Device offlined - not ready after error recovery
[ 173.903101] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
[ 674.443384] sd 10:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0

> and the output of the following command, a few seconds after you
> inserted a card in the reader:
> dmesg | tail -20

This does not seem related :
Dec 9 16:54:18 alan-ubuntu kernel: [74689.105321] sd 147:0:0:0:
Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
Dec 9 16:54:18 alan-ubuntu kernel: [74689.116033] sd 147:0:0:0: [sdb]
Attached SCSI removable disk

a minute later and nothing new. It is now 3 or 4 minutes after that stamp.

> have you tried if your card works on another system (Windows or your
> camera)?

It has worked in this system all long - used it regularly under
windows. And as mentioned, this very same card worked under Ubuntu
Live CD

I should probably boot the LIve CD right now and check again. MIght do that.



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Old 12-09-2009, 09:31 PM
Alan McKay
 
Default multi card reader not working

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Alan McKay <alan.mckay@gmail.com> wrote:
> I should probably boot the LIve CD right now and check again. * MIght do that.

Nope, still does not work so it looks like I'll be taking it apart to
try the MoBo trick.


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Old 12-09-2009, 09:58 PM
Werner Schram
 
Default multi card reader not working

Alan McKay wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Alan McKay <alan.mckay@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> I should probably boot the LIve CD right now and check again. MIght do that.
>>
>
> Nope, still does not work so it looks like I'll be taking it apart to
> try the MoBo trick.
>
That could be a good idea. In the meantime, I'm still going to post my
findings about the logs, because I was already typing them, and it would
be a waste of precious bits to trow it away...

If the reboot procedure doesn't work, you should have a deeper look at
the dmesg, because I think you can find some more clues there.
A snip from your last mail:
> root@alan-ubuntu:~# dmesg | grep sd | grep -v sda | grep -v sdb |more
> [ 1.333838] sd 1:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg0 type 0
> [ 6.471418] type=1505 audit(1260320975.995:10):
> operation="profile_load" pid=482 name=/usr/sbin/cupsd
> [ 6.593568] sd 8:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
> [ 12.939735] type=1505 audit(1260320982.454:22):
> operation="profile_replace" pid=914 name=/usr/sbin/cu
> psd
> [ 167.973434] sd 8:0:0:0: Device offlined - not ready after error recovery
> [ 173.903101] sd 9:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
> [ 674.443384] sd 10:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
>
The message at 167.x might to be related, "sd 8:0:0:0" is initialized at
6.x could you look if there is something between those messages that
shows which error the 167.x line is refering to? After a reboot the
times will be different, but I suspect you will find the same errors,
unless of course the reboot with/without the device procedure worked.

>> and the output of the following command, a few seconds after you
>> inserted a card in the reader:
>> dmesg | tail -20
>>
>
> This does not seem related :
> Dec 9 16:54:18 alan-ubuntu kernel: [74689.105321] sd 147:0:0:0:
> Attached scsi generic sg2 type 0
> Dec 9 16:54:18 alan-ubuntu kernel: [74689.116033] sd 147:0:0:0: [sdb]
> Attached SCSI removable disk
>
The strange thing about these lines is that they refer to sg2 which is
the same as the device found at 6.x, 173,x and 674.x. It seems that the
device is repeatedly detected, fails and is redetected.

Werner

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Old 12-09-2009, 10:04 PM
Alan McKay
 
Default multi card reader not working

On Wed, Dec 9, 2009 at 5:58 PM, Werner Schram <wrschram@gmail.com> wrote:
> The strange thing about these lines is that they refer to sg2 which is
> the same as the device found at 6.x, 173,x and 674.x. It seems that the
> device is repeatedly detected, fails and is redetected.

There are a crapload of those same messages in there repeated over and over.

Anyway, I 've got to run take the kids to an activity - may or may not
have a chance to look at this later this evening.

Thanks for your help.


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Old 12-19-2009, 04:31 PM
Alan McKay
 
Default multi card reader not working

On Tue, Dec 8, 2009 at 9:07 PM, Alan McKay <alan.mckay@gmail.com> wrote:
> Googling turned up this with an odd fix :
> http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1308542&page=2
> 2 people have confirmed this worked for them. *Very odd.

I finally got around to trying this and it worked!

We shall see how long the system will recognise my card reader. But
it does for now at least.


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