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#1 2006-08-05 14:16:47

From: Kamloops, Canada
Registered: 2006-07-23
Posts: 59

Card Reader doesn't work

I've got a built-in card reader on my laptop, I think it uses the PCMCIA interface. The laptop is an Aopen 1557 laptop. I have no idea which kind of card reader it is, except it reads MD/MS/MMC. I've looked everwhere, but I'm unable to figure out the brand, although, perhaps Ricoh (at least that's what the pcmcia bridge is).

When I insert a card dmesg outputs:

pccard: PCMCIA card inserted into slot 0
pcmcia: registering new device pcmcia0.0

However, no new devices are added to /dev.

I've made sure the SDHCI and wbsd modules are loaded, but none of them seem to identify my card:

sdhci: Unknown parameter `wbsd'
sdhci: Secure Digital Host Controller Interface driver, 0.11
sdhci: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman
wbsd: Winbond W83L51xD SD/MMC card interface driver, 1.5
wbsd: Copyright(c) Pierre Ossman

Obviously the pcmcia module seems to know there is "something" connected to it..
sudo pccardctl status:

Socket 0:
  3.3V 16-bit PC Card
  Subdevice 0 (function 0) [unbound]
Socket 1:
  no card

sudo pccardctl info:


I ran udevmonitor when I inserted and removed the card:

UEVENT[1154791251.622179] remove@/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:09.0/0.0
UDEV  [1154791251.624010] remove@/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:09.0/0.0
UEVENT[1154791253.409627] add@/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:09.0/0.0
UDEV  [1154791253.701567] add@/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1e.0/0000:02:09.0/0.0

Here's the lshwd output too:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to I/O Controller (rev 21)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82855PM Processor to AGP Controller (rev 21)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 83)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc RV350 [Mobility Radeon 9600 M10]
02:05.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01)
02:06.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2200BG (rev 05)
02:09.0 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
02:09.1 CardBus bridge: Ricoh Co Ltd RL5c476 II (rev ac)
02:09.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C552 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 04)

sudo lspcmcia:

Socket 0 Bridge:        [yenta_cardbus]         (bus ID: 0000:02:09.0)
Socket 0 Device 0:      [-- no driver --]       (bus ID: 0.0)
Socket 1 Bridge:        [yenta_cardbus]         (bus ID: 0000:02:09.1)

Does anybody have an idea how to make this work?


#2 2006-08-09 12:36:26

From: Switzerland
Registered: 2006-04-14
Posts: 97

Re: Card Reader doesn't work

Looks to me as if it was an Ricoh card reader.

If this is the case, no chance to get it to work afaik. I also have a Ricoh card reader and I didnt get it to work up to now.

If I am wrong, I am happy to get my card reader to work (even I use a USB reader with a lot more slots).


#3 2006-08-09 18:15:55

From: Skien, Norway
Registered: 2003-12-29
Posts: 287

Re: Card Reader doesn't work

There was added support for my Ricoh card reader and lots of other card readers in kernel 2.6.17. I don't remember exactly which module now. I'll check....It's the sdhci module.


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