August 20, 2006

Final installment: CF card saga

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 1:03 pm by sdjf

Tried a few more things on the sage advice of some friends:

bash# /mnt/card/Programs/fdisk /dev/hda1

Unable to read /dev/hda1
bash# /mnt/card/Programs/fdisk /mnt/cf
You will not be able to write the partition table.

Unable to read /mnt/cf
bash#
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August 15, 2006

My CF card saga continued

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 5:40 pm by sdjf

Okay, remember I bought a generic CF card. But it shows Hyperstone Model 1 on cardctl ident. Hmmm…..might be interesting to google Hyperstone Model 1! Found:

“Basically I want to make work a lucent orinoco card om my laptop. … 2.0 or 2.1 pccard1: CIS info: Hyperstone, Model1 pccard1: Manufacturer code 0x0, …”
lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-mobile/2003-August/001409.html

I don’t understand all the output or follow the thread (I have no laptop experience) but maybe it is a lemon they wanted to disguise?

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August 13, 2006

Difficulty umounting CF card

Posted in CF Card Issues, Hardware Adventures at 3:27 pm by sdjf

According to the how-to for my distro at oesf,

http://www.oesf.org/index.php?title=Step-by-step_CF/SD_fdisk/formatting_for_newbies

the first step in formatting a card is to umount the card, but it doesn’t seem to work on any of my cf cards!

First tried with new card after did ls -l for the heck of it. Then tried umount and a bunch of guesses:

bash# ls -l /mnt/cf
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 15 Dec 31 2001 /mnt/cf -> /usr/mnt.rom/cf
bash# ls -l /mnt/cf/
-rw-rw-r-- 1 root root 0 Aug 13 00:41 NotAvailable
bash# umount /mnt/cf
umount: /mnt/cf: Invalid argument
bash# umount /mnt/cf/
umount: /mnt/cf/: Invalid argument
bash# umount /mnt/card
bash# umount /mnt/hda1
umount: /home/system/var/mnt/hda1: No such file or directory
bash# umount /usr/mnt.rom/cf
umount: /usr/mnt.rom/cf: Invalid argument
bash#
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