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Discussion in 'Android Help' started by KenithO, Feb 29, 2016.

  1. KenithO

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    I am still using a WinXP Desktop PC (standalone No Internet) for basic Word Processing and Photo Editing.

    Have recently purchased 64GB mSD cards and found Win XP would not recognize them.

    Googled and found it needs an exFAT driver. "Description of the exFAT file system driver update package" https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/955704

    Have the same problem with some of my Android devices so Googled using "Android exFAT driver" but did not find a Google driver like found for WinXP.

    Did find "ADDING MICROSD AND USB STORAGE SUPPORT TO ANDROID DEVICES" http://plugable.com/2014/09/17/adding-microsd-and-usb-storage-support-to-android-devices

    Also found NonGoogle Apps like "USB Driver for Android"
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adbdriver.app

    As an Android beginner would appreciate suggestions as to the various options.

    Thanks

    Ken
     

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  2. Pugs1957

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    Download from MS and you will then be able to format the SD card as exFat so your phone can read it. The other links you posted are not relative to what you are trying to do.
     
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    Do you have a valid source where an exFAT driver for XP can be obtained? As Microsoft stopped supporting XP its pages for XP downloads are now tagged as 'read-only' with no updates. Even sites like Sandisk no longer show exFAT patches for XP.
     
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    Android already includes support for exFAT to a limited extent so as Pugs1957 already mentioned, that other link is irrelevant. And if your phone doesn't already support USB OTG (a lot of newer phones do but not all), it's not a trivial task to add OTG support as it requires rooting your phone and a change to its Linux kernel.

    But if the whole issue you just want to transfer files back and forth between your phone and your XP computer using a microSD card here's a somewhat unconventional suggestion. Instead of trying to workaround the exFAT support issue on XP, skip having to copy files to a microSD card and use a local wireless network. Since you are wisely keeping that XP cut off from the Internet, just pick up a cheap wireless router. Set up your own local network using a standard Ethernet cable to connect your XP computer to the router and connect your phone to the router via WiFi. As long as you don't connect your router to any kind of DSL or cable hook up you'll have your own local network to share files, and since it doesn't have any online access your XP box isn't vulnerable. Install an app like WiFi File Transfer on your phone:
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.smarterdroid.wififiletransfer
    Then all you can copy files back and forth using the web browser on your computer. When you launch the app your phone it will show you an IP address and port number, you type that exact address:port number into your computer's browser and the browser windows will present you with an interface to your phone.
     
  5. KenithO

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    Pugs1957 & svim,

    Thanks for your suggestions!

    Please excuse my Bad English. "Download from MS and you will then be able to format the SD card as exFat"

    Will try to restate. My new 64GB SD cards came formatted with exFat.

    Yes I was able to download and install the MS WinXP exFat driver so these 64GB SD cards are usable.

    I hoped that Google would have something similar for Android.

    "Android already includes support for exFAT to a limited extent so as Pugs1957 already mentioned, that other link is irrelevant. And if your phone doesn't already support USB OTG (a lot of newer phones do but not all), it's not a trivial task to add OTG support as it requires rooting your phone and a change to its Linux kernel."

    Question: Is there an Android App that can detect if the Android Device supports USB OTG?

    Did a quick Play Store search and found
    USB OTG Checker https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.app.usbotgchecker&hl=en
    USB Host Diagnostics https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=eu.chainfire.usbhostdiagnostics&hl=en
    plus others.

    Appreciate tips on what apps have worked the best.

    Thanks

    Ken
     
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    Very often we get posts about MHL or OTG support. I just use Google to check out the spec of the device and whether these are supported.
     
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    Plugs1957,

    "I just use Google to check out the spec of the device and whether these are supported." Thanks for the tip!

    Would like to check if TRACFONE Alcatel Onetouch Pixi Pulsar has OTG support.

    Googled and found 2 specs for this phone but nothing about OTG support? Did I miss something?
    "Key Specs
    • Carrier
      TRACFONE
    • Wireless Technology
      3.5G
    • Operating System
      Android 4.4 KitKat
    • Processor Speed
      1.3 gigahertz
    • Internal Memory
      4 gigabytes
    • Screen Size
      3.97 inches
    • Water Resistant
      No
    • Phone Memory (RAM)
      0.512 gigabytes
    • Internet Connectable
      Yes
    Warranty
    • Parts
      1 year
    • Labor
      1 year
    Network
    • Wireless Compatibility
      Wi-Fi
    Features
    • Unlocked
      No
    • Text/Instant Messaging
      Yes
    • Keyboard Type
      Touch Screen
    • Media Card Slot
      microSD
    • Built-In GPS
      Yes
    Display
    • Display Type
      TFT-LCD
    • Touch Screen
      Yes
    Imaging
    • Integrated Camera
      Yes - Back
    • Rear-Facing Camera
      2.0 megapixels
    Power
    • Battery Type
      Lithium-ion
    Compatibility
    General
    • No-Contract
      Yes
    • Processor Brand
      Not Applicable
    • Data Plan Required
      No
    • Device Manufacturer
      Alcatel
    • Phone Style
      Smartphone
    • Color Category
      Black
    Dimension
    • Height
      4.79 inches
    • Width
      2.54 inches
    • Depth
      0.47 inches
    • Weight
      4.16 ounces
    Other
    • UPC
      616960113966" from http://www.bestbuy.com/site/tracfon...ract-cell-phone-black/4427500.p?skuId=4427500
    • also http://www.target.com/p/tracfone-alcatel-onetouch-pixi-pulsar-460/-/A-50173531
      product specification
      • Media Card Compatibility: MicroSD Card
      • Features Computer: Touchscreen Display, Rear-Facing Camera, Built-In Speaker, Built-In GPS, Built-In Bluetooth
      • Accessories Included: Electronics Product: SIM Card, USB Cable, Adapter
      • Phone Type: Smartphone
      • Compatible Service Providers: TracFone
      • Required Not Included: Service Plan
      • Legally Required Information: cell phone coverage or contract disclaimer
      • Product Width: 2.45
      • Assembly details: no assembly required
      • Battery Cell Type: lithium ion
      • Product Weight: 3.53
      • Frequency/Band: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
      • Warranty Description: No applicable warranty
      • Megapixels: 2
      • Processor Type: MediaTek MT6582
      • Product Thickness: 0.47
      • Operating System Compatibility: Android OS 4.0+
      • Maximum Resolution: 1600 x 1200
      • Product Length: 4.41
      • Wireless Technology: Bluetooth, 4G LTE, 4G, GSM
      • Connectivity: Micro USB
      • Talk Time: Up to 7 Hours
      • Built-In Memory Storage Capacity: 4GB
      • Standby Time: Up to 220 hours
      • Screen Size: 3.47
      • Video Resolution: 720 x 480
     
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    Hmm I couldn't find anything for that device and OTG support. Sorry I can't help. Perhaps you could email customer services?
     
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    Pugs1957

    Thanks again for your comments.

    Do not know about you, but I my info requests from CS have been a waste of time and effort.

    Would rather look for an app that checks for OTG support.

    Have you tried USB OTG Checker?

    Ken
     
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    You will need to be in possession of the device to run that app. I didn't mention it as I thought you were considering purchasing the Tracfone.

    Pugs
     
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    A budget Chinese phone like an Alcatel/TCL probably doesn't have OTG. As that's more usually found on mid-range and upwards devices.
     

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