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I have an internal card reader in my HP Pavilion DV6-6155ca and the card reader is a "multi-card media reader" (I know this means nothing but trying to be though) and the device is the RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader. I am running ubuntu 12.10.

When I insert a sd card nothing happens at all. The card is readable from other devices and I have used at one point in another version of Ubuntu.

uname -a
Linux Ketterer-Ubuntubook 3.5.0-24-generic #37-Ubuntu SMP Thu Feb 7 01:50:30 UTC 2013        x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

The output of lspci:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM         Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor   Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 3 (rev b5)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] nee ATI Caicos [Radeon HD 6400M/7400M Series]
07:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 06)
0d:00.0 Network controller: Intel Corporation Centrino Wireless-N 1030 (rev 34)
13:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)
19:00.0 USB controller: NEC Corporation uPD720200 USB 3.0 Host Controller (rev 04)

The outout of lspci -vmmnn | grep -A4 -B2 Realtek:

Slot:   13:00.0
Class:  Unassigned class [ff00]
Vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. [10ec]
Device: RTS5209 PCI Express Card Reader [5209]
SVendor:    Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]
SDevice:    Device [1656]
Rev:    01

Output of lsusb:

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 138a:0018 Validity Sensors, Inc. 
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 5986:02ac Acer, Inc 
Bus 002 Device 004: ID 1058:0748 Western Digital Technologies, Inc. 
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 8086:0189 Intel Corp.
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I had the same problem. I fixed it by editing /etc/modules as follows:

sudo gedit /etc/modules

Then, I added the following line to the end of /etc/modules:

tifm_sd

Save the file and reboot. The SD card reader should now function normally.

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I have just Gotten the chance to test this and it does not seem to have worked –  Jordan Ketterer Feb 27 '13 at 22:53
    
Did not work for me either –  Lucas Welper Mar 14 '13 at 12:47
    
this totally hosed me, no wifi, cpu running like mad –  broschb May 23 '13 at 1:27
    
Didn't work for me :( –  Alejandro Sazo Jan 16 at 19:28
    
Didn't work for HP Mini either. Same type of card. –  Waldir Leoncio Mar 6 at 16:40

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