DebianI bought a Thinkpad E530 which uses the RTS5229 card reader. The card reader doesn’t work out of the box and in the repositories of Debian there is no driver available. With lspci the card read is seen as:

02:00.0 Unassigned class [ff00]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTS5229 PCI Express Card Reader (rev 01)

Fortunately the Realtek provides its drivers available here (PCIE RTS5229 card reader driver for Linux, 1.07 version) that you should only compile.

First install everything that is needed to compile the sources:

aptitude install linux-headers-`uname -r` build-essential

Then download and unpack the driver. Inside the folder you will find the README.txt file that explains you how to compile:

1) make
2) make install
3) depmod
4) reboot your computer

Note: Root privilege is required in step 2 and 3

I suggest to you to use checkinstall instead of make install, so in the future you have the deb package already prepared. In this case:

# aptitude install checkinstall
$ make
# checkinstall
# depmod

And eventually reboot the system.

If anything could be useful, I have already prepared a deb package that you can find here (for 3.2.0-3-amd64 kernel) and here (for 3.5-trunk-amd64 kernel) and that it should only work on 64bit systems (I don’t guarantee it).

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