I've had some hardware issues to sort out before I could get back to looking at this. (Also no time.)
I was trying to do some testing on my LMCE box because it had a card reader in it (my Fedora box had a card reader but you need to build against kubuntu.)
For some reason lshw would not show the card reader. Gee, it was working.
I tried the following commands
sudo modprobe -r r852; sudo modprobe -r sdhci_pci; sudo modprobe r852; sudo modprobe sdhci_pci
This uses modprobe to unload and reload the device drivers inorder for the kernel to automatically redetect the sd card.
It didn't change the lshw output.
I bought a new card reader (same model as in my Fedora box).
Plug it in and when I rebooted my HDD's were detected and the s.m.a.r.t. status was displayed and the system/display froze.
Turned out my power supply wasn't up to the task of handling all the peripherals I had in the system.
I put in a 500 watt supply (fortunately spare) and everything booted up.
I've tried lightdm as a desktop on the cu-box but it goes into software rendering mode for video.
So, not to mess up my main LMCE box (3 hdd's with 10.04, 12.04, 14.04) I build a box to compile cu-box. It's slow but so am I.
I hope to get some things done over the next week, between raking leaves.