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    Default PC can't detect Galaxy S4

    I've been doing some very intensive Google-jitsu for the past hour and a half trying to solve this and still can't figure it out.

    I'm connecting my S4 to my laptop but nothing happens. It charges, but both the PC and the phone can't tell they're connected to anything. I've installed the Samsung USB drivers, I've tried it with USB debugging both on and off (don't know why this would make a difference but hey!), I've restarted both devices multiple times, I've tried all my USB ports on the laptop, and I've even tried plugging it into a different computer. The only thing left that I can figure is that it's the cable - and not that the cable is bad, but I'm using a cable that I carry around in my laptop case as opposed to the "official Samsung USB cable" that came with the phone. I just can't see that being an issue though; all USB-to-microUSB cables are the same, right?

    So if that's not it, then I don't know what else is left! And sadly I seem to be the only person on the internet having this problem. All the guides say "install the driver, connect it and you're done!" Yeah, well. not me
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    When you connect does your phone start to charge? If yes, then it might be the driver, if not then the problem can be either the cable or the port.

    You can try removing the drivers. Then download and install the latest kies from Samsung and see if your phone is recognized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by onick View Post
    When you connect does your phone start to charge? If yes, then it might be the driver, if not then the problem can be either the cable or the port.

    You can try removing the drivers. Then download and install the latest kies from Samsung and see if your phone is recognized.

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    second this!

    download and install Kies
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    Quote Originally Posted by onick View Post
    When you connect does your phone start to charge? If yes, then it might be the driver, if not then the problem can be either the cable or the port.

    You can try removing the drivers. Then download and install the latest kies from Samsung and see if your phone is recognized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Bray View Post
    second this!

    download and install Kies
    Thanks for the replies guys.

    The phone does charge when I plug it into the computer. Unfortunately I can't install Kies until I get home as I don't have internet access on my laptop at the moment. Hopefully that'll work!
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    An update:

    When I got home last night I plugged my phone into my desktop computer and it detected it just as it should. So, it would seem it's an issue with my laptop... a driver or something I guess. I had never connected my old phone to my desktop, but had connected it many times to my laptop. Also the second computer I referenced in the OP was a computer at work, but it's running Win XP (as opposed to W7 like both my laptop and desktop) so I'm guessing that's just another issue altogether.

    Time for more digging around the Internet and Windows...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeshinobi View Post
    An update:

    When I got home last night I plugged my phone into my desktop computer and it detected it just as it should. So, it would seem it's an issue with my laptop... a driver or something I guess. I had never connected my old phone to my desktop, but had connected it many times to my laptop. Also the second computer I referenced in the OP was a computer at work, but it's running Win XP (as opposed to W7 like both my laptop and desktop) so I'm guessing that's just another issue altogether.

    Time for more digging around the Internet and Windows...
    try and go to device manager on the computer where it isn't working.... uninstall everything related to the samsung handsets, uninstall kies, and update windows (with windows update, not to buy a new one)....
    after that, install Kies WITHOUT connecting your handset... when kies has been successfully reinstalled, now connect your handset and wait for the computer to completely recognize it.....

    this might help you
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    Okay so... I can't even begin to describe the level of facepalm I am feeling...

    It was the cable the whole time.

    Just... why? I will never understand...

    So, I have 3 devices:

    The old phone (LG Vortex)
    New phone (Galaxy S4)
    Camera

    and 2 cables:

    Cable that came with camera (cable 1)
    Cable that came with old phone (cable 2)

    Cable 1 works with both the camera and new phone
    Cable 2 works only with the old phone (I confirmed it does not work with both the new phone and this camera)

    So, the old cable isn't broken. It's just... what? I don't even know what. Like they somehow made it so it will only work with my old phone? So here I was banging my head against the wall because I knew the cable still "worked", and it does still "work", but apparently only with my old phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeshinobi View Post
    Okay so... I can't even begin to describe the level of facepalm I am feeling...

    It was the cable the whole time.

    Just... why? I will never understand...

    So, I have 3 devices:

    The old phone (LG Vortex)
    New phone (Galaxy S4)
    Camera

    and 2 cables:

    Cable that came with camera (cable 1)
    Cable that came with old phone (cable 2)

    Cable 1 works with both the camera and new phone
    Cable 2 works only with the old phone (I confirmed it does not work with both the new phone and this camera)

    So, the old cable isn't broken. It's just... what? I don't even know what. Like they somehow made it so it will only work with my old phone? So here I was banging my head against the wall because I knew the cable still "worked", and it does still "work", but apparently only with my old phone.
    I basically had the same issue. Tried to see my S4 on two different computers using a Verizon cable from my previous phone......nada, even after downloading and installing the Samsung USB drivers for the Verizon S4 on one of the computers. So after reading this thread, I tried a different cable. It worked on both computers! It is just a generic USB cable with a micro USB adapter. Who would of thunk?

    This thread solved my problem. So, I signed up just to say thanks for the help!
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    This also helped me a lot! My original Samsung USB cable doesn't work but when I saw this post, I tried my old nokia cable and it just worked! Thank you so much op!
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    Hey Bud,

    I had the same issue(now fixed). I had downloaded the Samsun drivers for my Windows 7(x64) laptop and my device would only charge. I was using a generic micro USB cable I recieved with my work blackberry. I tried the USB cable that came with the S4 and viola! Hope this helps others too, cheers!
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    I have the same problem with Verizon S4, and solved with:

    in phone mode type *#0808#
    Choose : AP on upper part and
    for USB Setting, choose : MTP.

    Reboot, fine!
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    I've had the issue as well, where plugging in my phone to my desktop then doesn't see the phone, but unplugging it & plugging it back in a few times it then detects it.

    At other times I just plug the phone in and it detects it right off the bat.

    There's something seriously wrong with the build quality of either the phone, USB cable, or the drivers!
    Michael
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    I've spent way too much time on this issue! This was the fix for me also (bad USB cable, not really but didn't work) - THANKS
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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeshinobi View Post
    The only thing left that I can figure is that it's the cable - and not that the cable is bad, but I'm using a cable that I carry around in my laptop case as opposed to the "official Samsung USB cable" that came with the phone. I just can't see that being an issue though; all USB-to-microUSB cables are the same, right?
    I would like to point something out here. I do believe there is a difference. Some cables, I believe, are charging cables only whereas others are charging and data transfer cables. I had this problem recently when my PC wasn't recognizing the S4. I have a small collection of cables around the house, and I tend to inadvertently mix them up. Anyway, I could not get the S4 to load as a disk drive using the nearest cable. As it turns out, that cable was the USB-to-microUSB charging cable for my Bluetooth headphones. I swapped that for the cable that came with my Nexus 7 tablet and VOILA! PC immediately loaded the S4 as a disk drive.

    So, yes, sometimes it really might be the cable that's an issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JGouse0498 View Post
    I would like to point something out here. I do believe there is a difference. Some cables, I believe, are charging cables only whereas others are charging and data transfer cables. I had this problem recently when my PC wasn't recognizing the S4. I have a small collection of cables around the house, and I tend to inadvertently mix them up. Anyway, I could not get the S4 to load as a disk drive using the nearest cable. As it turns out, that cable was the USB-to-microUSB charging cable for my Bluetooth headphones. I swapped that for the cable that came with my Nexus 7 tablet and VOILA! PC immediately loaded the S4 as a disk drive.

    So, yes, sometimes it really might be the cable that's an issue.
    You would be correct, standard usb cables come with 4 pins. 2 for data and 2 for current. With those cheap dollar store cables they generally leave out the 2 data pins, because they are intended to be used as charging cables and nothing more.

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    I am having the same exact issue, however, I am using the cable that came with the phone so it should work....I have tried installing, uninstalling no luck, ready to throw phone out the window and go back to iphone.....I have spent hours on this and Verizon tech support was NO help.
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    I'm having the same problem as well, I've spent hours installing/reinstalling and searching the net for answers. I haven't been able to transfer anything. I have to get my hands on a generic cable and try it out.
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    Make sure you are using a USB port that has power as well. Sometimes the ports on the front of your PC don't for some reason. I have a USB hub as well and noticed my phone wouldn't show up until I plugged the power into the hub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyhillx View Post
    Make sure you are using a USB port that has power as well. Sometimes the ports on the front of your PC don't for some reason. I have a USB hub as well and noticed my phone wouldn't show up until I plugged the power into the hub.
    This would be a good suggestion. Adding new hardware to your PC may overload your PSU, so it would have to shut off extra features that aren't core to its operation, namely case accessories.

    Try a USB port that is directly attached to your motherboard, the ones in the back of your tower. Those are always powered regardless of the current power situation.

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    There seem to be a lot of non-standard Micro-USB cables around, which will usually CHARGE a device but not necessarily work as a DATA cable. The cables I was using for my HTC phone worked fine for charging, but not for data connection to my PC. The genuine Samsung cable worked great for both charging and data.
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    low and behold I changed to an extra cable (beat-up at that) and it worked perfectly!! Thanks
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    Trying with the S4 usb cable and can't get it to work properly. It doesn't do anything but charge when I plug directly into the USB 3.0 ports on my HP Elitebook. When I plug into some USB 2.0 ports on my docking station, the phone shows that it's connected as an MTP device, but Windows 7 shows no device and device manager shows no new hardware. I already had Samsung drivers installed from when I had my GNex. I reinstalled the driver, but that made no difference. I might reboot both PC and phone and see if that helps. Seems like the drivers are crap.

    Update: It was just my PC needing a reboot for whatever reason. I believe this happens sometimes with my machine.
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    I've tried several USB drivers for the S4 but none would work properly without needing to reload the same USB driver the next time I connected the Verizon S4 32Gb to my (home built) Windows 7 x64 desktop computer.

    THIS one works. Finally!

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    I'm having the same problem. I have installed the drivers and the only one that still won't install is the MTP driver..... which obviously is the main one. The computer does not recognize the device. It's very frustrating.
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    Uninstall all previous USB versions for Samsung phones. Reboot computer. I found the USB file from the Developers site to work best with my Win 7 x64 using USB 2.1. I listed the link in a previous posting. Oh, and after uninstalling Kies I noticed there were still folders in the Programs and Data main folders. Deleted those. I don't like Kies. Samsung trying to limit us like Apple does with iTunes.
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