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The SD card reader on my new L530 is not working.

Please let me know what diagnostics I can provide to help fix this.


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You mean the memory card reader? (As opposed to, say, the smart-card reader or something else?) – Li-aung Yip Sep 17 '12 at 17:33
L530 doesn't seem to have an option for a smart card reader. – LiveWireBT Sep 17 '12 at 18:31
Yes, it's the 4-in-1 SD card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC/ MMC slot) that's not working. – joeyboy Sep 17 '12 at 18:41

Here's the English translation of Christian's solution:

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Whilst this may theoretically respond the problem, it would be preferable to put all the content here. Thanks! – Lucio Aug 2 '13 at 19:05

it's a 'Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card'


its german language but i think you'll get the point.

kind regards Christian Zudeick

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translated: go to link, download, unzip the zip, unzip the tar, go to the rts5229 folder, make, sudo checkinstall, depmod, sudo modprobe rts522 – Christian Zudeick Sep 17 '12 at 19:13
Thanks, Christian, it worked brilliantly! – joeyboy Sep 18 '12 at 18:31
@ChristianZudeick Your comment have more information than your answer (also upvotes). So I recommend to edit your answer and add the information from the link there. – Lucio Aug 2 '13 at 19:04

I have a package to supply this driver, in ppa:jamesf/lenovofixes.

sudo apt-add-repository ppa:jamesf/lenovofixes
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install rts-5229-dkms

The package is source for a kernel module to enable the hardware. It is in DKMS format. This package includes a udev rule to make automounting work properly.

(I have been working on enabling these Lenovo systems for Canonical/Lenovo. The driver source for this is not formally released by Realtek and can't yet be used upstream, and so unfortunately it's not going to find its way into the upstream Linux kernel or Ubuntu kernels in the near future. In the meantime, there's this.)

While you're at it, you may want to try the micmute package from that ppa - if your mic mute hard button is misbehaving.

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The repository 404s now. – Raphael Jul 11 '13 at 8:34

The drivers from Realtek website can be easily compiled but only with 3.x kernels.

For newer 4.x kernels I've fixed several errors and created a repository on github.

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