Card Readers

Various devices exist to read the CF or SmartMedia devices used in digital cameras. Some of these are USB card readers, which in theory can work much like USB removable media drives

Chapter 13

in Linux (see Chapter 6, "Removable Disks"). Another option is to use a PC Card reader, such as exists on most laptop computers. A PC Card reader can also be added as an IDE device to desktop computers, in conjunction with an adapter card (see Figure 13.5). The CF or SmartMedia card slides into the PC Card adapter, and then the adapter and its payload slides into the PC Card reader. The resulting combination device can usually be mounted as an IDE drive. For instance, if you try this with a laptop, you'll probably see the CF card as /dev/hde, assuming you have the appropriate drivers installed. I describe PC Cards in more detail in Chapter 23, "Notebooks."

Figure 13.5

A PC Card adapter lets you mount a CF or SmartMedia card as if it were a removable disk.

Figure 13.5

A PC Card adapter lets you mount a CF or SmartMedia card as if it were a removable disk.

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