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Old August 21st, 2011, 08:29 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just got a White HTC MyTouch 3G, and after a few hours it auto-updated itself to Android Version 2.2.1
(Kernel version 2.6.32.9-27237-gbe746fb android-build@apa26 #1 )

I bought it as an unlocked phone from newegg.com. I don't have a data plan, I'm using it with a T-Mobile prepay card, and using my house wifi network for data. That works ok, although even with a solid signal, the wifi speed varies a lot (from 993 kbps down to 85 kbps). I took some photos, and recorded some GPS tracks, and wanted to download the data to my PC.

Question: I found some instructions online for reading the microSD card from a PC. Here is the first step:

"1 Connect the phone to the computer using the USB cable. A notification icon appears in the status bar."

...but on my phone, that never happens. Also, my computer USB port has a light which turns on when a USB device is connected, and the light never goes on. I tried two different computers, no luck. The USB charging cord that came with the phone is white, about 5' long, has a standard USB Type A plug on one end, and the HTC proprietary miniUSB/phone plug on the other. The cord is labelled 73H00316-00M if that matters. The USB cord does work for actually charging the battery, from a computer or the provided USB charger wall-wart plug.

Is it possible the provided cord is for charging only, and the USB data pins are not connected? I could try another cable, but of course the phone connector is non-standard so this is the only matching cable I have.

So far, my workaround is to physically remove the uSD card and put in my PC card reader. Of course, that works, but I'd prefer to just connect via USB cable if possible.

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Now it's working! plugged USB cable into laptop, MyTouch popped up a screen saying "USB connected" with button "turn on USB storage", and after clicking it I can browse the files on the card from Windows.

What is a mystery is why this didn't work two days ago. Same laptop, same cable, same MyTouch. Hmmm.
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