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Adventures In External Media With Kubuntu

Jan 28, 2009, 21:34 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Rob Reilly)

"I found another solution in a SanDisk Micromate reader that came bundled with a recent 4 GB SD purchase. The little external card slot fob worked by plugging it into a USB port, then inserting and mounting the card.

"Although my new ASUS laptop doesn't have a 5-in-one, it does has a functioning SD card reader, under Kubuntu. And, the latest version of the OS has a slick file system auto mounter that works very well with the default Dolphin file manager. Just stick the card in the on-board slot and select the "Volume VFAT" item from the device notifier menu to start the Dolphin file manager. You can then drag and drop files to whatever you like. See graphic #1 for a screen shot of the Dolphin file manager and the notifier menu.

"I found that if you unmount the card, by right clicking and choosing "Safely Remove Volume (vfat)", that Dolphin will forget what's in it's directories and you'll no longer be able to see some of them on the card. A quick "Reload" from the "View" pull-down tab returns directory visibility to normal.

"The USB cable to camera trick works, as does the Micromate reader, on the ASUS. Today, I can have three SD cards available all at once, if needed."

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