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newbie to linux here. I see there are other "same type" questions and I hope someone kindly helps me out. I do not know enough to convert other posts to a solution for myself. I have a Suunto Ambit GPS watch and I am running Ubuntu 13.04. The usb device is not showing up. I see from some other posts you want a dmesg. Here it is:

usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 5 using xhci_hcd
usb 3-1: config 1 has an invalid interface number: 1 but max is 0
usb 3-1: config 1 has no interface number 0
usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=1493, idProduct=0010
usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
usb 3-1: Product: Ambit
usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Suunto
usb 3-1: SerialNumber: 18B79A4617002000

I believe Line two is the issue. I am using vituralbox and windows client to run the movescount software. I just converted over to Linux, so I really do not want to have to go back to windows, just for support for my watch...

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have you contact suunto for their read of the problem? –  mdpc Jun 22 '13 at 5:08
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I've found it's usually best to look up the device by its usb ID (which you can find with lsusb. Searching the web for this ID will give you better technical information about the protocol the usb device uses.

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When first connected, this may appear as a USB storage device. This is typical Windows-device behaviour, and allows the device to auto-load a (Windows) driver.

Ubuntu does not support or need this type of 'unsafe binary' approach to NEW devices. Instead you may need to use USB mode-switch, to get back to full interface with the device.

Start by checking the output from lsusb, directly after connecting (anf again after 10-20 seconds.

PS. There does not appear to be anything useful in a Google search for: 1493 0010 (This may not be the USB ID to look for.)


That said, this may be pointless anyway. If the manufacturer only provides for a Windows (or possibly Mac) based application to talk to this device, you need to be running that software (under Wine/Linux, or Windows).

Try the manufacturers forum:

Customer Q&A, for Suunto Ambit (Black)

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Or you could use wireshark or similar to figure out the protocol they use to connect the device :) –  NoBugs Jun 30 '13 at 1:06
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Instead of trying to use moveslink (windows software) to extract moves from clock you might give OpenAmbit a try. I use it in OpenSuse (instead of moveslink) and transfer moves to MovesCount service via it. More information from OpenAmbit site: https://sourceforge.net/projects/openambit/

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