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Hello AskUbuntu Community! I am hoping you will be able to help me, or help me help you help me! I am trying to access my music stored on the external MicroSD card on my Samsung Android SGH-T699 via usb.

When I connect the phone to usb port, I get the pop up "Unable to mount Samsung Android SGH-T699" "Error initializing camera:-60:Could not lock the device." I just hit okay, and I can still view the folders on both the phone, and the ext_sd.

When I click on a folder, it goes into the directory, but does not display any of it the contents that are in it. Now a couple of weeks ago, I was able to put music on my phone, and read and write onto it (even with the error pop-up) just fine. Then I got an update, and it now it will not display any of the contents of the phone, or SD card.

Any help would be appreciated!

I have tried a google search. Many people seemed to have similar problems with their phone and Ubuntu. Their solutions, either did not work, or they had a different version with different options. Like ICS vs JellyBean.

  1. Android developer options, USB Debugging.

  2. Debian OS and same problem. I do not have any other computer to try, and no other OSes installed.

  3. listing with hidden view enabled.

Let me know if you need more information. Thank you in advance.

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So I switched to Lubuntu 13.04 and now my android, and OS effortlessly work perfectly! This is for a Compaq nx6325 notebook.

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The solution is to switch on USB Mass Storage. I'm using a Samsung Galaxy S2 running stock Android 4.1.2 and I have Ubuntu 13.04 on my desktop box.

The answer at https://askubuntu.com/a/197062/40242 describes how you can simply enable USB Mass Storage mode.

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  • I own a Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G with stock 4.1.2, the USB Mass Storage option is not present unless I connect phone via USB to the laptop. I get to options in the notification area. There are no settings for Storage in settings file unfortunately. Lubuntu 13 is working like a charm though, and probably the latest Ubuntu. Unfortunately My laptop only supported upto 10.04, as it failed on getting Unity to work, and was slow :( Thank you for the suggestion though! – user159773 May 31 '13 at 5:12

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