WARNING: This stopped working for me, just after the final version of Dapper was released. Doesn’t work right in Edgy or Feisty yet either 😦
As there seems to be little or no chance of the built in Sony memory stick working with Linux, I thought that I would try & find something that would work just as well.. if not better.
After a little searching online, I finally settled on the bog standard Multi-in-1 PCMCIA Adaptor. Not a bad purchase, if you need the job doing without any thrills or much messing about & it only costs about £17 in the U.K including the shipping charge.
There are no drivers needed for using this card with Windows & MacOS. I’m pleased to be able to say that Ubuntu isn’t any different in this respect, as you can put the card in the slot & it’s detected/setup for you.
It’s quite fast at reading from the memory cards themselves (although it seems slower than the dedicated 1 card USB readers) & offers good compatabilty. as It can read 21 different types of memory card. 9 of these cards need adaptors before you can use them, but that’s still quite impressive & a very useful addon for the FS range of laptops.
SD, MMC, HS, MMC, DV-RS-MMC, MS, HS MS MG Pro, HS MS Pro, MS Select, MS-MG & XD – Without adaptors.
C-Flash, T-Flash, Mini-SD, RS-MMC, MS Duo, MS-MG Pro, MS ROM, MS Duo-MG & MS Pro Duo – With adaptors.
As you can see from the following picture..
The card doesn’t stick out of the laptop very far at all & you’ll probably never even notice that it’s there, until you need to use it.
The only problem that I’ve had so far with the card reader, is that you have to extract/re-insert the adaptor every time that you want to put a new card in it to be read. This is a little annoying, but nothing that will take away the ease of use for one of these cards.
Overall I’m happy with my purchase, as I don’t have to carry around my printer with the built in multi card reader just to read a Sony memory stick 😉
Well worth the money..