Ubuntu – How to mount an SD card

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My computer has an SD card slot. When I put a working SD card into the slot, nothing happens. When I put a CD or DVD in, or plug in a USB drive, the medium is mounted and available. Is there something special I need to do for SD cards?

Hardware specifics

I am running 11.10 on a Dell XPS L502X. The card slot is marked "SDXC/MMC – MS/Pro" (which Wikipedia tells me are various SD card types).

Best Answer

I have the same laptop, the slot does work on Ubuntu 12.04, but the OS doesn't seem to find the card when it is inserted. It appears you have 2 options in the short term:

  1. Reboot with the SDcard in the slot.

  2. Do a PCI re-scan

    echo 1 | sudo tee /sys/bus/pci/rescan

The bug with the workaround is listed here.

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