Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

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Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby milkfloat on Thu Nov 15, 2012 7:40 am

I'm using an Olympus camera with XD memory card, connected to my netbook via USB. The card appears in the file browser as '2.1GB Filesystem', but does not open and does not mount when I right-click and select 'Mount Volume'. It does not appear on desktop.

I searched for fixes but all of them appear to be for releases from 2008-2009 and have dead links etc.

Any suggestions?
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby Flemur on Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:22 pm

FWIW, my camera (Cannon) shows up in pcmanfm but not in thunar (I gave up trying to fix it), so perhaps try a different file manager.

Edit1: Also make sure you have gphoto(2) installed.

Edit2: In Arch I use this crude method (the camera apparently doesn't have to be "mounted" or visible anywhere else...)

Plug the camera in, then:
$ gphoto2 --list-files
and
$ gphoto2 --get-all-files
(copies files to current directory).
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby cwsnyder on Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:29 pm

Open a terminal and do the following:
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fdisk -l
(lower case L) lists all block devices. See if you can pick out your XD card from here. If you can, then:
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mkdir /media/xd
mount -t autofs -o rw /dev/sd? /media/xd
This should expressly try to mount the XD drive and at least give you error messages which might indicate the problem with mounting the device.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby AlbertP on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:07 am

What type of cardreader does the computer have? Please insert a card and run these commands:
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lspci
lsusb

One of them should list the cardreader.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby Flemur on Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:53 am

For the original poster - who's apparently connecting his camera to the computer - the proper way to do it - and NOT putting the card in a reader.

$ fdisk -l
doesn't show my camera (which is visible in pcmanfm but not thunar).

$ lspci
Doesn't show the camera.

$ lsusb
DOES show the camera.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby AlbertP on Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:35 am

Why wouldn't putting the card in a reader be a "proper" way? Connecting a USB cable is mainly useful when you don't have a cardreader or don't want to take out the card every time.

If your camera connected to USB needs gphoto to work, maybe you need to install gtkam from the repository and use that program instead of the file manager. I think that if you insert the xD card into a cardreader instead of connecting the camera it will just work in the file manager.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby Flemur on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:40 pm

"Why wouldn't putting the card in a reader be a "proper" way?"

It's OK, I guess, but plugging the camera in directly is better because you don't have to mess with the typically delicate doors on the camera, as well as the cards, which wear out and can get zapped by static, or lost. As for gtkam, I can access my camera w/pcmanfm - but not thunar, which is better otherwise - why, I dunno. Many cameras are a hassle because they've tweaked access to the file system on the card - it'd make more sense if the computer "saw" the camera as a standard card reader, and could treat it that way.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby AlbertP on Sat Nov 17, 2012 12:43 pm

My Lumix camera is indeed just a standard USB mass storage device, instead of it using its own tweaks. I don't know why Olympus can't do the same.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby BoscoBearbank on Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:05 pm

milkfloat wrote:Any suggestions?

Well, I've got an early Acer Aspire One netbook (AOA-150) with two slots; an SD card slot on the left, and a multicard slot on the right. The original version of Linpus Lite Linux that Acer put on their early netbooks incorporated a module with a driver for the jmicron multicard reader. However, that module was not accepted into the mainline kernel, and does not work with kernels beyond about 2.6.18. The only way I can read an xD card plugged into the multicard reader is if I use an ancient kernel. My work-around is to use a USB card reader. On the other hand, my desktop PC has no problems reading xD cards. Here's the output from lsusb for my desktop PC:
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~$ lsusb
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 03f0:6911 Hewlett-Packard PhotoSmart D7200 series
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0151 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Mass Storage Device (Multicard Reader)
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby AlbertP on Mon Nov 19, 2012 5:25 pm

Acer laptops may indeed have problems with the cardreader since they don't properly handle hotplugging PCIe devices, which is exactly what a JMicron reader does when you boot the computer with no card in it. It is an Acer, not a JMicron problem, since an ExpressCard slot on an Acer laptop shows the same problem: it's not working if there was no card in it at boot.

It is pretty easy to fix. Please run:
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gksudo gedit /etc/modules

In that file please add:
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acpiphp

With this workaround, the cardreader will be detected in lspci and should be working (though I'm not sure if all card types work). Alternatively, you can boot the computer with a card in the reader; then it works fine too.
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby milkfloat on Wed Nov 21, 2012 3:04 am

Thanks for the responses so far. My laptop does not have an XD drive. It does have an SD card reader, but these will not take an XD card. The card is still in the camera and connected via USB.

-lsusb delivers the following result:

Bus 001 Device 010: ID 07b4:0109 Olympus Optical Co., Ltd C-370Z/C-500Z/D-535Z/X-450


Since my last post, I have now realised that LXDE will not mount any USB device, so perhaps this problem is best solved in that context? I’ll link to the new thread: viewtopic.php?f=175&t=117362

Thanks again
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Re: Olympus XD memory card - not mounting

Postby seppalta on Thu Nov 22, 2012 6:56 am

If you don't mind installing additional software, gthumb is an excellent image viewer and has a camera photo downloader. I've seldom used it as pcmanfm has always immediately found my canon camera load with USB.

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