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How to Mount Android Tablet running Honeycomb

asked 2013-01-30 17:06:15 -0600

MichaelSalsman gravatar image

updated 2013-01-31 09:49:41 -0600

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I am attempting to figure out how to mount my Acer A500 tablet to a Redhat Linux 6.3 laptop so that I can copy some manuals in epub and PDF format for reading on the road. My device does not appear to be mounted when plugging in the USB cable, but is reported when running the 'lsusb' command.

[jsalsma@oc8366516466 ~]$ lsusb

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub

Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub

Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c52f Logitech, Inc. Wireless Mouse M305

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0a5c:217f Broadcom Corp. Bluetooth Controller

Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f2:b217 Chicony Electronics Co., Ltd Lenovo Integrated Camera (0.3MP)

Bus 002 Device 003: ID 17ef:1003 Lenovo Integrated Smart Card Reader

Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub

***Bus 003 Device 005: ID 0502:3341 Acer, Inc. Iconia tablet A500    <-------***

Bus 003 Device 003: ID 0bc2:2300 Seagate RSS LLC Expansion Portable

[jsalsma@oc8366516466 ~]$

It appears while searching the Internet that there is a Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) that this device supports, and associated Linux utilities (mtpfs and/or simple-mtpfs) that should be installed to support this protocol.

Any help or guidance would be greatly appreciated, including guidance on adding a source repository that would make the appropriate packages available.

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answered 2013-02-01 03:31:57 -0600

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updated 2013-02-01 03:32:28 -0600

Verify from you Android settings that you have the USB mass storage mode enabled. Mine are in "settings" -> "wireless and networks" -> "USB utilities" -> "connect storage to PC".

Then plug in to your PC. I'm not sure if your Rhel 6.3 will automount it nor where it mounts it if does, but if did mount it, it's probably to /media and you can always check it with:

mount

and look for recent additions. if it didn't mount it, you should find the device from:

dmesg | tail

and look for /dev/sdX# where X is from a-z and # is a number usually between 1 and 4. mount it with something like:

mkdir /tmp/adev

sudo mount /dev/sdX# /tmp/adev

notice that, it may appear as two devices, one for internal sdcard and one for external, depending on your device, which I'm not familiar with.

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answered 2013-02-01 09:17:48 -0600

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I wasn't able to get it working properly on CentOS 6.3. Easiest way would probably be to put Fedora on a VM, then install simple-mtpfs. (You can also compile jmtpfs on Fedora--IIRC, I couldn't get it working on CentOS.)

The mtpfs seems to be somewhat iffy, at least for me--will work, but not completely consistent.

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