USB Connectivity Issues
I've had the Samsung Epic since release and haven't had any major issues with it until now (I think). The device seems to have stopped working as a mass storage device when hooked up to any computer. It used to work with no issue whatsoever. I have read the posts describing similar issues but none have solved my problem and wanted to make sure I covered all bases.
So, now when I plug my phone into the PC that I always used for moving files around, I get the menu pop-up on my phone asking if I would like to Charge, Mass Storage, or Tether. However, nothing I seem to do allows my computer to see the device. Nothing shows up in the device manager regarding my phone. My computer doesn't play a tone as it used to or when other USB components are plugged in.
Here are the things that I have tried to no avial:
1) Plugged phone into 4 PCs (1 Windows 7 64 bit, 2 Windows 7 32 bit, and 1 Vista 32 bit)
2) Tried using regular windows detection
3) Tried official Samsung drivers
4) Tried PDA Net drivers
5) Android toolkit ADB.exe
6) Factory Reset of phone
7) SD Card Format
8) Another SD Card
9) Enabling/Disabling Debug under settings
10) Multiple USB Ports (front, rear, powered hub)
11) Multiple USB Cables (Epic, HTC Evo, Palm Pre, Mono Price cable)
So, can anyone think of something I have possibliy overlooked? My only choice seems to take it to a Sprint store and see if it works for them. I really would prefer not to get a refurbed phone.
- 01-25-2011, 11:14 AM #2
Edit - - AHHH: I just read number 11...
Have you been using the same cable? I have that situation too on my primary desktop. I can only transfer data to and from the device using only the micro USB cable that came with my Epic.
My laptop is a different story, as I use the Epic cable, and a Palm Pre cable, and I can transfer files just fine.
I'd check to make sure that you're using the original cable first.
That REALLY sucks. I would take it to the Sprint store. You tried everything I would've done, except going to have someone look at your phone. Anyone else have better ideas?
Thanks for the reply. I just took it to the Sprint store and they couldn't get their computers to recognize it either.
They asked if I cared if they tried a factory reset where the load some additional drivers to the phone. I told them that was fine. I left and came back an hour later but still no luck. They diagnosed it as a faulty USB port. They said the contacts responsible for communicating to the PC must be shorted out.
I didn't buy insurance on the phone since I usually upgrade every year and I don't abuse my electronics. So my options on a replacement is either through Sprint, for $35, or go through Samsung warranty swap. I'm going to try the Samsung route since the phone still functions and I'm not in a terrible hurry.
I hope this post may help someone else having a similar problem. The phone itself is sometimes the problem and not USB drivers or your OS.
- 01-25-2011, 02:02 PM #4
- 01-25-2011, 02:08 PM #5
Just for future reference, if you have a computer that still doesn't like your phone after you get your replacement (like my work computer... HA...) you can always create a dropbox account, then download the dropbox app from the market. I always use that to transfer files between PC and phone. Works awesome!
Last edited by Donmeister85; 01-25-2011 at 03:12 PM.
- 01-25-2011, 03:14 PM #7
- 01-25-2011, 03:58 PM #8
- 01-26-2011, 07:34 AM #9
USB device not recognized message
For some reason my computer is not recognizing my phone as a mass storage device. Im rooted running EXT4 with the quantom rom. I've tried two different usb cables and three different computers. Sometimes it says the device is ready to use but it says unknown device. I've reinstalled the drivers from the thread, but it does no good. Now I cant use odin or run new roms. Is my usb port bad? Any suggestions would be great.
- 01-26-2011, 08:51 AM #10
This has happened before, follow the link to the post and run down the list of things this person did and see what happens. It is a possibility that your USB port hardware in your phone is malfunctioning. Try this post first and please report back in that thread.
Thanks, good luck.
USB Connectivity Issues
- 01-26-2011, 03:40 PM #11
- 509 Posts
Must be a problem with the supplied USB cables, as I had to be specific...I had to always use the same cable I used when I installed the drivers...but with my laptop on Win 7, I can use a new cable I got from Radio Shack with both our phones with no problems! So now I just keep this cable with the computer. The other cables are just attached to the chargers they came with.
- 01-26-2011, 03:41 PM #12
I've been waiting for someone to say that Sprint said it was a faulty usb connection. Mine was extremely finicky from the start and then one day it started working so I thought all was well and forgot about it. The past couple days I've tried again with no luck. So I've been scouring the forums, trying different cables/ports/drivers/computers/downloading the sdk/etc. Anyway, thanks! To the Sprint Store I go!!!!
However, when I used to have no problems connecting and then all of a sudden it just stops working regardless of the computer, cable, usb port, etc., there is something else going on. Sprint looked at it and confirmed it is not a cabling or computer issue. It is a handset issue. That's why I came back and reported what Sprint told me. I wanted to give others my findings in case they are experiencing the same issue as me.
- 01-27-2011, 12:26 AM #14
- 01-27-2011, 03:41 AM #15
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- midNIGHT EXT4
i don't have that problem, but thanks for the heads up. i had a problem with the cable though. it only worked on the back ports of my pc, then i accidentally closed my car door on it and it stopped working. it could charge my phone but nothing else, so i bought a new thicker cable and magically it works on any port i plug it into now.
- 01-27-2011, 12:12 PM #16
- 01-27-2011, 02:50 PM #18
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- 01-27-2011, 07:11 PM #20
The issue i have is that im rooted. Im really new to all this so forgive the simple questions. One other thing is that when i plug the phone in, it doesnt even ask what i want to do with it (mass storage, charge, tether.)
Could i have corrupted files on my phone? Would formating my sd card unroot me?
- 01-27-2011, 07:16 PM #21
Second, no formatting your SD Card will not unroot your phone. The rooting and ROM are part of your phones internal memory or image now and can't be removed by any other means besides using a USB cable and Odin to return to stock Eclair 2.1
Before we worry about that try to uninstall and reinstall the Samsung drivers.
As stated in an earlier post, I sent my phone into Samsung and just got the diagnosis in from them. They saw the same problem and ended up replacing the Data Connector IFC600 and the Phone Board Assembly (basically the motherboard of the phone). I should get it back on Tuesday.
So if any of you have a problem where the phone is not recognized AT ALL by any computer (other than charging) try the following:
1) Make sure debug mode is off. Try different USB ports on your machine. Preferably the rear of the PC. Powered USB hub is an additional option you can try.
2) Try a different USB Cable. Shorter and thicker work better (that's not what she said)
3) Try a different machine
4) Install samsung drivers or PDA.net drivers
5) Try turning debug mode on and redo the above steps
6) Try another SD card
7) Take it to your carrier and tell them you have tried all of the above and tell them to try to connect to one of their machines.
If none of the following work, there is a good chance that something is wrong with your phone's hardware. Hope this helps someone in the future.