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Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards [partially solved]

Postby Cariboo on Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:27 pm

Sytem: Dual Boot Linux Mint 7 Main Gloria and Windows Vista
Hard ware: HP Pavilion dv4 1320ca with HP Pavilion jMicron 5 in 1 card reader which is identified
and has a Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci (see lspci-output):
lspci -v
08:00.0 System peripheral: JMicron Technologies, Inc. SD/MMC Host Controller
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 30fb
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
Memory at d1200300 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
Expansion ROM at b0000000 [disabled] [size=64K]
Capabilities: [a4] Power Management version 3
Capabilities: [80] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [94] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
Kernel modules: sdhci-pci

Issue: Card reader works with SD memory card but not with SD-HC cards.
All googeling didn't provide any remedy yet.
Does somebody have the same problem? Already solved? Please Help!
Any reply, comment, thought, idea is appreciated!
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Husse on Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:13 am

not with SD-HC cards.

With more than one card or a specific card?
I have a similar problem (don't know the type of the card though) and I found out that the camera formatted the card in a manner that Linux refuses to use but Windows does use it (Windows is generally less concerned with safety)
The size of the card and its MBR (if it's called that) does not add up at all and using it (outside the camera :)) can cause permanent logical damage to the card (i.e. loss of data)
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby emorrp1 on Sun Jun 21, 2009 6:24 am

Hi, is it meant to recognise SDHC? The most common single-digit-in-1 card readers don't seem to support SDHC, just SD.
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby optimize me on Sun Jun 21, 2009 4:22 pm

I just ran into much the same problem. My card reader is recognized, but the system doesn't automount the memory card that I put into the slot, and I can't manually mount it.

relevant section of lspci -v:
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06:04.2 Mass storage controller: Texas Instruments 5-in-1 Multimedia Card Reader (SD/MMC/MS/MS PRO/xD)
   Subsystem: Toshiba America Info Systems Device ff00
   Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 57, IRQ 18
   Memory at dc004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
   Capabilities: <access denied>
   Kernel driver in use: tifm_7xx1
   Kernel modules: tifm_7xx1


The card itself is one of these: http://www.amazon.com/SanDisk-SDSDB-1024-A10-Secure-Digital-Package/dp/B0001A06GW

Side note: I can't even use a USB cable and browse my camera. The last time I did it that way was back in Ubuntu Gutsy, so I can't say for sure when that stopped being recognized. It was always easier to just slide the card in than lug around a USB cable. Now neither is any good.

EDIT: I should say that the card does show up in Nautilus - the computer knows it's there.. It just won't {auto,regular}mount it. Here's the last few lines from dmesg after inserting the card:
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[25770.564129] tifm_core: MMC/SD card detected in socket 0:1
[25770.890806] mmc1: new SD card at address e624
[25770.974644] mmcblk0: mmc1:e624 SD01G 968 MiB
[25770.974741]  mmcblk0: p1
[26081.582118] tifm0 : demand removing card from socket 0:1
[26081.582195] mmc1: card e624 removed
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Cariboo on Tue Jun 23, 2009 3:13 pm

Husse wrote:
not with SD-HC cards.

With more than one card or a specific card?

Right now I only have one SD-HC card, that's to say a "Transcend SDHC Class 6 4GB"

:mrgreen: Now here comes the weird fact:
I have "HAMA USB 2.0 Card Reader 35 in 1". When I connect this to any of the two USB ports the SDHC Card is accessible and correctly read/write- able.

I guess there is an issue with the driver for the internal JMicron controller :?:
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Husse on Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:16 am

emorrp1 stated
The most common single-digit-in-1 card readers don't seem to support SDHC

My 5 in 1 has problems too
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby optimize me on Wed Jun 24, 2009 5:43 am

I think I found a fix, looking for the answer to a wholly unrelated problem here: viewtopic.php?f=157&t=27840

If you open up System > Administration > Authorizations and look for the Device Access section. Under there, there's headings for things like Smart Card Readers, Digital Cameras, and so on.

I changed them to 'yes' under all the user options, and now they work fine - automount and everything. Try it out and see what works for you.. you might not have to change all three setting to 'yes'.
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Cariboo on Thu Jun 25, 2009 1:46 am

emorrp1 wrote:Hi, is it meant to recognise SDHC? The most common single-digit-in-1 card readers don't seem to support SDHC, just SD.

To answer your question, I only can say that Vista reads SDHC cards in this built-in (internal) card reader! So, I think it is meant to recognize SDHC :roll:
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Cariboo on Thu Jun 25, 2009 2:04 am

optimize me wrote:..............
....Try it out and see what works for you.. you might not have to change all three setting to 'yes'.


Thanks for the hint...I changed it for Smart Card Readers and Digital Cameras, but it didn't solve the problem :mrgreen:
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Husse on Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:23 am

I have "HAMA USB 2.0 Card Reader 35 in 1". When I connect this to any of the two USB ports the SDHC Card is accessible and correctly read/write- able.

I guess there is an issue with the driver for the internal JMicron controller

I think emorrp1 hit the nail when he stated that "single digit" in 1 readers have a problem
And yes it may work in Vista and be a "driver" problem but as I stated I have a problem where it is a matter with the card not the reader
I hope you can use the 35 in 1 reader
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards

Postby Cariboo on Thu Jun 25, 2009 11:20 am

Husse wrote:I think emorrp1 hit the nail when he stated that "single digit" in 1 readers have a problem
And yes it may work in Vista and be a "driver" problem but as I stated I have a problem where it is a matter with the card not the reader
I hope you can use the 35 in 1 reader


OK, it's not that convenient though, but I can live with it...
maybe there is solution in the future.. :wink:
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards [partially solved]

Postby Cariboo on Sun Jul 26, 2009 5:19 pm

Hello,

Any news on the SDHC issue...
I'm asking because I joined a course in digital photography far away from home and....
I can't work on my pictures on the computer because I left my HAMA USB card reader at home....
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards [partially solved]

Postby Husse on Mon Jul 27, 2009 6:30 am

As this was at least partially solved I have not done anything about it - normal procedure :)
From what I read here I think that this is a kernel problem, possibly solved by a custom built kernel
It also seems that kernel 2.6.27 is common when you look for this kind of problem
It is probably a timeout problem
Sorry that is about all I get
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards [partially solved]

Postby Cariboo on Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:21 pm

Husse wrote:As this was at least partially solved I have not done anything about it - normal procedure :)
From what I read here I think that this is a kernel problem, possibly solved by a custom built kernel
It also seems that kernel 2.6.27 is common when you look for this kind of problem
It is probably a timeout problem
Sorry that is about all I get


Thanks Husse for the efforts....
I think I wait until the issue is solved officially, if this will ever be the case :?: :roll:
Unfortunately I can't offer any help programming wise, because I'm not educated enough in programming at all :oops:
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Re: Card reader does not recognize SDHC cards [partially solved]

Postby Husse on Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:30 pm

We can't all be programmers :)
Lets hope 2.6.30 solves it (I think that's gonna be the one in Mint 8))
This is one where I don't think I'll ever come any further....
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