I have an in-built card reader that works fine under Windows, but in Linux, I cannot mount the drive whatever I do.

lspci doesn't show the device lsusb shows

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller

lsblk didn't show anything, so I did modprobe mmc_block

now lsblk shows

sda                         8:0    0 931.5G  0 disk 
├─sda1                      8:1    0   200M  0 part 
├─sda2                      8:2    0   863G  0 part /media/Windows7_OS
├─sda3                      8:3    0  19.5G  0 part 
├─sda4                      8:4    0     1K  0 part 
├─sda5                      8:5    0   500M  0 part /boot
└─sda6                      8:6    0  48.3G  0 part 
  ├─vg_the-lv_root (dm-0) 253:0    0  40.6G  0 lvm  /
  └─vg_the-lv_swap (dm-1) 253:1    0   7.8G  0 lvm  [SWAP]
sr0                        11:0    1  1024M  0 rom  

tried to mount:

mount -t vfat /dev/sr0 /media/sdcard/
mount: no medium found on /dev/sr0

dmesg shows:

usb 1-1.4: new high speed USB device number 4 using ehci_hcd
usb 1-1.4: New USB device found, idVendor=0bda, idProduct=0129
usb 1-1.4: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 1-1.4: Product: USB2.0-CRW
usb 1-1.4: Manufacturer: Generic
usb 1-1.4: SerialNumber: 20100201396000000
usb 1-1.4: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice

but this doesn't change if I remove or insert a card.

  • After hours of googling I found the solution. I installed kmod-rts5139-1.04-3.el6.elrepo after that, I had to do sudo modprobe rts5139 and the card reader started working. But I feel someone might profit from this Q+A, because it is not so obvious, therefore I am leaving it here. – amirzolal Apr 8 '14 at 16:26
  • Can you add that as an actual answer and then accept it? This will make it cleared to others that your problem had a eventual solution and how to do it. – slm Apr 9 '14 at 21:25

I found the solution. I installed kmod-rts5139-1.04-3.el6.elrepo, and then ran sudo modprobe rts5139 and the card reader started working.

  • In my case using Centos6.5, I did yum search and couldn't find the package, so I got it from here. – Blanq Jun 6 '14 at 15:15

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