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  • #2822
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    My system can boot from either an SD or a Compact Flash media that I insert into the internal card reader box that is built into my eMachines T5246. Assuming my hardware works fine.

    Antix 16.2 for 64 bit seems to not recognize it, at least nothing I insert will be mounted and does not appear within lsblk. I am using Mate 1.16 from Stretch repos.

    $ inxi -r
    Repos:     Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/antix.list
               deb http://repo.antixlinux.com/stretch stretch main nosystemd
               Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian-stable-updates.list
               deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ stretch-updates main contrib non-free
               Active apt sources in file: /etc/apt/sources.list.d/debian.list
               deb http://ftp.gr.debian.org/debian/ stretch main contrib non-free
               deb http://security.debian.org/ stretch/updates main contrib non-free
    mmmmna@Reantix64b162:~
    

    Topic was originally posted to “antiX16” subforum.
    Across 12+ posts, no details have surfaced to indicate the issue(s) encountered are distribution/release -specific, so…
    moving to “Hardware” subforum.

    • This topic was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by skidoo.
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    Forum software plugin called Wordfence prohibited me from posting the output of inxi -zv7 in the original post:

    403 Forbidden
    
    A potentially unsafe operation has been detected in your request to this site.
    
    Generated by Wordfence at Mon, 20 Nov 2017 0:13:33 GMT.
    Your computer's time: Mon, 20 Nov 2017 00:13:33 GMT.

    My inxi -zv7 cannot be posted.

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    inxi -zv7 is here: https://pastebin.com/EBBgtwpV

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    Assuming my hardware works fine.

    Verifying that the hardware device is detected, and its driver is loaded, will be the reasonable starting point.

    Run the lsusb (list usb devices) and lspci (list pci devices) commands
    and look for mention of “ManufacturerName…….Card Reader. If none listed, Stop. (indicates the hardware device is not “fine”; its physical connection is undetectable)

    websearch the name/model of the card reader device. Does it require a linux driver? (it likely does) If so, what is the filename of the driver file? With this information in hand, run the lsmod command and determine whether that driver is (presently installed and) loaded. If it is not listed in the lsmod output, did websearch results indicate that a debian packagefile is available?

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    $ lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 058f:6377 Alcor Micro Corp. AU6375 4-LUN card reader
    Bus 0 ...
    mmmmna@Reantix64b162:~

    First item in the list.

    $ lspci
    00:00.0 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a1)
    00:01.0 ISA bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 LPC Bridge (rev a2)
    00:01.1 SMBus: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 SMBus (rev a2)
    00:01.2 RAM memory: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 Memory Controller (rev a2)
    00:02.0 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
    00:02.1 USB controller: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI bridge (rev a1)
    00:05.0 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 High Definition Audio (rev a2)
    00:06.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 IDE (rev a2)
    00:07.0 Bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 Ethernet (rev a2)
    00:08.0 IDE interface: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 SATA Controller (rev a2)
    00:09.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0b.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0c.0 PCI bridge: NVIDIA Corporation MCP61 PCI Express bridge (rev a2)
    00:0d.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation C61 [GeForce 6100 nForce 405] (rev a2)
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
    01:07.0 Network controller: Broadcom Limited BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    01:08.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6306/7/8 [Fire II(M)] IEEE 1394 OHCI Controller (rev 46)
    02:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV710 [Radeon HD 4350/4550]
    02:00.1 Audio device: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. [AMD/ATI] RV710/730 HDMI Audio [Radeon HD 4000 series]
    mmmmna@Reantix64b162:~

    Media reader is not a PCI device, USB controllers listed above work for flash drives.

    Driver search.

    Having issues refreshing my repos at the moment, a couple days ago I got no matches in Synaptic Package Manager for Alcor (aside from Calendar related packages) and nothing at all for 6375.

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    Easiest way to check if external media is being seen is to plug it in, then do a
    dmesg | tail

    Linux (& BSD) since 1999

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    Why me?

    Suddenly, this is a working media reader.

    Today, I booted from the internal hard disk (where Antix is installed), I had left an SD card in the media reader last night. Logged in today, there it is, the SD card is showing on the Mate desktop, I open a console, lsblk shows it is mounted when none of this was happening when I started this thread.

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    Just my 2 cents. I have a adaptec pcmcia usb cardbus seen by lspci and demesg even shows when I plug a usb drive in it. This is on my Panasonic CF-48 with AntiX 16.2 on it.

    Rox or spacefm will not show the usb drive however. I google searched the lsusb numbers, debian, kernel.org. Anyhows. Mystery blogs with 1rq and channels and turn off parallel port in bios because of irq conflicts.

    Easiest fix? Pulled the card out. Plugged in my Cheapo Chinese firewire/usb combo pcmcia carbus with a reboot. Problem solved magically . Some hardware just don’t play nice with Linux kernels. No matter which kernel you choose.

    Good luck.

    Edit: Having said all of that. My Emachine 3507 in the motorcycle shop with the sd card reader and AntiX 14 rc? works OK. But probably different internal chips and lately I can’t get online to post the specs. I will try and give it a try later on transferring readouts to usb and posting back here. That unit is just a music/movie player for the shop. So it has no need for updating or being online.
    Maybe I will get lucky and the wireless will see my router today. Last time I checked it,. My ISP was down for a few days.

    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by rokytnji.

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    Why me?

    Suddenly, this is a working media reader.

    Today, I booted from the internal hard disk (where Antix is installed), I had left an SD card in the media reader last night. Logged in today, there it is, the SD card is showing on the Mate desktop, I open a console, lsblk shows it is mounted when none of this was happening when I started this thread.

    Ok. No need for me to go out the shop. Sounds like a hardware snafu. Bad contacts. Dirty Computer. I blow out my dusty emachine in the shop on a regular basis.
    Emachines are crap gear anyways. I got mine on a dumpster dive.

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    Career electronics technician, skills include refurbishing network devices, laptops and PCs. I understand dust. My system is quite clean by comparison to what my experience has seen. This isn’t related to dirt and/or dust.

    Here is what I’ve learned: a given port in my media reader is only configured during the boot process and that port will only be configured if there is media in the port during the boot.

    If I have an SD card inserted in the media reader during boot, then I can pmount and pumount only SD cards.
    In that situation, Memory Stick Pro Duo and Compact Flash are not recognized, they are different LUNs. The reader chip, Alcor 6375 supports 4 LUNs, but I do not own xD cards at the moment, can’t test that port.
    If I do not have an SD card inserted during boot process, I cannot get it to work, dmesg does not see any event.

    So, at this moment, if I plan on using any digital camera media, I must shutdown and reboot with that media inserted.

    I think udev and the subsystems which rely on udev for dynamic notifications will need some adjusting.

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    Well. I finally broke my AntiX 32 bit 14rc? install on my Emachine 3507 after I got internet going on it again. That is another story.

    So later on. I will be making and installing a either 32 bit or 64 bit usb AntiX 17 Full pendrive to get it going again.

    I will see what you are reporting on on my older emachine kit. I have the stock panel internal media readers of the front of my 3507. I have a XD card camera also. No CF cards though.
    But I move slowly and surely and methodically. I used to work converting anolog to plc controls on manufacturing machines in a industrial environment back when I punched a time clock. I was a avionics crew chief on CH-53’s Helicopters during certain years of my life also.

    But that has nothing to do with how I roll now or do things. I just poke and hope and adapt and overcome. Learn as I go.

    Long story short. My AntiX 14 install dist-upgrade with jessie repos finished with a error code. I did a apt-get -f install and a apt-get dist-upgrade and nothing showed being wrong. I looked through the update/uprade readout and found the error message. Replaced a text file in /etc while renaming the original .old. So I might have broke it. Slim no longer logs me in. I could probably fix it with a live session and delete my previous thought out fix and see what happens at slim login again. But I have been procrastinating anyways. So I’ll just move saved stuff I wanna keep to the other internal ide hardrive in the 3507. Then upgrade I guess to AntiX 17.

    I don’t have but a couple gig of ram and a single core p4 processor on that 3507. So 32 bit will suffice even though I can run 64 bit if I wish. Decisions, decisions?
    Google-Chrome sits lower on my preferences/druthers list than Chromium.

    Edit. Damn, The wind here locally is killer today.

    2nd edit: Throwing this in here in case it applies

    https://forum.mxlinux.org/viewtopic.php?f=97&p=427591&sid=ba4c5d3609dfca42518b92e00967e0db#p427591

    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by rokytnji.
    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by rokytnji.

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    Hey, rokytnji thanks for following along.

    Your eMachine w3507 uses a media reader which is physically very different from mine, there is a chance the chip inside yours will not be the same as mine, since your system looks to be newer than my T5246.

    Google-Chrome sits lower on my preferences/druthers list than Chromium.

    May I suggest Slimjet? A community maintained and edited Chrome, but with minimal links to Google.

    Your link to the mxlinux discussion doesn’t seem to discuss “Alcor 6375”, so it will be treated (by me) as possibly for future reference. In fact, the whole forum seems to have only 4 posts discussing Alcor, and none of those match my

    lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 058f:6377 Alcor Micro Corp. AU6375 4-LUN card reader

    I really think this isn’t a driver issue.

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    Well, this problem really is not resolved after all, but should be easy for someone with a bit more skills to fix.

    Personally, I just don’t know what/where to edit.

    It appears that any port in the media reader gets configured (to what I expect) only when a media is seen in that port during system boot.

    Examples I saw:
    A] If I’ve already booted without any media in a port, nothing that I later insert will be seen (CF/SD/MSPro).
    B] If I’ve booted with any media inserted into a port, that media port gets configured and works as expected for any capacity which I insert into that port (CF/SD/MSPro). Other ports do not work if there was no media in them during boot.
    C] If I reboot without any media in a port, nothing works in that port, so the configuration changed from B].

    B] gives a clue that the driver can’t be the sole cause: driver present means all ports on a chip would work or driver missing would mean no ports would ever work.

    I want to say that to correct this problem, whatever lsblk reads from is a good place to start, since lsblk also has no ideas of media inserted after an empty media reader is seen at boot up. I’ll guess, and this is only a guess, that maybe some hardware rules need to be changed…. maybe something to do with udevadm. I say this because removable devices had recently become a hot button for sysadmins, and configurations of many distros have become similarly weird…. but sysadmin needs are very different from the needs of conventional users, so I venture that the default rules in udev are decided more to sysadmin liking than what should be decided for my needs. Kind of sad, really, since there have to be more desktop users than sysadmins.

    What I expected was that the media reader would act very similar to my DVDRW drive: I boot with it empty, I insert a blank CD media, Antix presents the empty CD media to the logged in user, but it is not necessary for the media to be present during boot. Change capacities from blank CD to blank DVDRW, still works by presenting the empty DVD media to the user.

    With apologies, I’m really not interested in correcting a different problem every week. Remember, I need to use this system, and this exact hardware has worked flawlessly for years in older distros and for many distros, I haven’t needed any corrections after installation. To be fair, my problems are looking like default installation configuration choices (and choices of drivers are only a part of new system configuration). I understand there have been major changes to deal with (grub, X, boot systems after grub), and bravo to you all for getting through those. Thanks Antix, for the experience, thanks for the forum replies.

    I’m moving on, and maybe I’m even moving backwards.

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    The reason I have not posted back recently. I am waiting on a 16 foot usb data cable . I am converting a old TV satellite dish off the roof of my house and converting it to a wifi antenna for my emachine 3507 in the motorcycle shop. I am moving the dish from the roof of the house to the outside walls on my shop. I want internet access before I start the AntiX 17 64 bit pendrive inso betall media I made . Then dial it in before I post back here.

    In the meantime. I have been tweeking this atom netbook install in my free time. So be patient with me for some more time.
    Snow, wind, rain, here lately. I am building dog houses for my 5 dogs and lining the floors with foam rubber and indoor/outdoor carpet.
    Trying to keep my mutts from getting frost bite. The shop is cold also. Excuses? I guess I got a million of em. 😀

    I’ll get that emachine of mine rolling eventually. I feel your pain bro. I am not real hip on udevil rules for mounting drives. So I will have to study up myself if I run into problems. So far. At least. I have no hardware glitches on this atom netbook I am posting from. SD slot. USB slots. Automount OK. Touchscreen works. Sound works. I was dialing in Seamonkey Browser when I saw your reply.

    Usually media readers like ours are hooked up to usb pins on the motherboard. So lsusb and lsusb -t are a few things I will check on mine. Then I will install lshw to get a better idea on hardware names also.

    Edit: Missed the part of your post where you said bye bye. Alrighty then. No problemo here. 🙂
    Happy Trails, Rok

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by rokytnji.
    • This reply was modified 3 years, 11 months ago by rokytnji.

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