Try going to 'Disks' found in the applications menu under 'Preferences' and check if your disk appears on the left hand side. If it does then your drive/card is working, you can try formatting it from here. You could also try installing 'gparted' from the Software Center which is a more in depth tool for formatting/partitioning etc.
Don't think this is the problem, but also go to Menu > Settings > Removeable Drives and Media and make sure appropriate boxes are checked to mount removeable drives and media when inserted. If they are already checked properly, do as jintawk said and go to Menu > Settings > Disks and see if it shows up on the left-hand side.
till no luck, open GParted (Menu > System > GParted). Enter password, give it a 10-20 seconds to read drives, then click the arrows in the box to the upper right that likely says "/dev/sda". Look to see if card is recognized and choose it from that menu. (If you have multiple drives in your computer, look for the one that matches the 2GB size of your Sandisk card.) If GParted doesn't see and list the card, then chances are your reader is not working. If it does find it, then format it with GParted and see if that makes a difference. (FAT32 should be fine.)
Very long shot -- turn off computer and try blowing out any dust with compressed air. Who knows, maybe that's the problem.
gold_finger wrote:Very long shot -- turn off computer and try blowing out any dust with compressed air.
ninnington wrote:I won't try this as my computer is bad enough all ready with out me pulling it appart
Unfortunatly it looks like the card reader is indeed broken, it just seems odd as it worked fine when the computer ran on windows, but it has been a while since it last ran windows so it may have broken the time it spent sat in a draw.
Thanks a million for your help, its very much apreciated
Just aim some compressed air into the SD card slot. Probably won't solve the problem, but ... you never know. If it's dead already you can't kill it again.
P.s. May want to wait a bit for laptop to cool down before blowing compressed air in just in case there is a chance of damaging hot parts with sudden blast of cold air.
The SD card reader is unlikely to be "broken" just because it doesn't work in Linux. It's more likely that there is no Linux driver for that device -- especially if it worked in Windows, but not in Linux. IF you don't see it listed under "lspci", the kernel doesn't see it -- and you won't be able to use it.
Most common "solution" I've seen to it (and , the one I use myself) is to get a small USB-connected memory card reader. Linux will load the USB drivers and you should then be able to use the SD cards.
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