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Greetings, I am very new at linux, and need help figuring out what happened with my card reader. I currently use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx, and have a Realtek ...
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    Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 Card Reader stopped working


    Greetings,

    I am very new at linux, and need help figuring out what happened with my card reader. I currently use Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx, and have a Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 Card Reader that has worked flawlessly until just recently. I'm not aware of a specific update that may have changed things, but I always install all of the updates as I'm prompted to. I tried to search the Net for answers, but admittedly I don't understand some of the terms used, and haven't compiled anything significant, so don't have much confidence unless someone walks me through the process. I do have this information to share if it's of any help;

    ":~$ lsusb -v | grep ID
    can't get device qualifier: Operation not permitted
    can't get debug descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    can't get hub descriptor: Operation not permitted
    can't get device qualifier: Operation not permitted
    can't get debug descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    can't get hub descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    can't get hub descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    can't get hub descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    can't get hub descriptor: Operation not permitted
    cannot read device status, Operation not permitted (1)
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:0103 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 Card Reader
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub"

    Can someone give me some direction? Thanks in advance!

    Damon

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    Try running that command with sudo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzle View Post
    Try running that command with sudo.

    I get this:
    "[sudo] password for damon:
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0bda:0103 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. USB 2.0 Card Reader
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub"

    Ideas?

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    Try booting from Live CD, see if your card reader still works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mizzle View Post
    Try booting from Live CD, see if your card reader still works.
    I have an old Ubuntu 9.04 live CD, but for some reason, it appears my CD drive isn't working now either! Ahhh! Did Ubuntu recently change the kernel? I seem to remember recently that there was a kernel update, and I wonder if it was after that that my card reader quit working. I tried to boot to an earlier kernel, but I was met with an error message, "file not found".

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    Quote Originally Posted by duhfactor View Post
    I have an old Ubuntu 9.04 live CD, but for some reason, it appears my CD drive isn't working now either! Ahhh! Did Ubuntu recently change the kernel? I seem to remember recently that there was a kernel update, and I wonder if it was after that that my card reader quit working. I tried to boot to an earlier kernel, but I was met with an error message, "file not found".
    9.04 is quite old, kernel-wise. download a newer Live distro, if u can (Ubuntu, or anything more recent!). you can also try the card read on another PC to make sure it is not the problem.

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    Well, the kernel isn't loaded yet when you boot off of CD. Only BIOS. The Live CD should load it's own kernel. It sounds like you might be having some hardware issue.

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