Ubuntu – USB 3.0 express card


Just got this express card yesterday for my x220, I can't seem to find the drivers for this. Here is the card: https://www.amazon.com/Express-Chipset-Adapter-Converter-5-0Gbps/dp/B00J9PAZIO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471172235&sr=8-1&keywords=express+card+usb+3.0

I tried to google the information they listed under the selling information for downloading the drivers: " NEC/RENESAS USB3 Controller uPD720202 Drivers ", but that is not for ubuntu. i am on 16.04.. I heard these can be hard to install, can any one help me get these drivers installed and anything else I need to do to get it working?

Also, when I run: lspci -nn
Nothing shows up about the card. Any help appreciated!

Best Answer

  • Add pciehp.pciehp_force=1 to the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT line in /etc/default/grub, as detailed in the Ubuntu 9.10 and onwards section of this ExpressCard article. That solved this problem for me.


    1. Edit /etc/default/grub.

    2. Find the GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash" line.

    3. Change that line to say:

      GRUB_CMDLINE_LINUX_DEFAULT="quiet splash pciehp.pciehp_force=1"
    4. After saving those changes, run:

      sudo update-grub
    5. Reboot.

    On my USB 3.0 32G drive, it then showed up automatically.