recognising a Nexus 7

Asked by Nigel Marsh on 2012-07-22

I have recently received a Nexus 7 tablet (which I think is really good) but when I connect to my computer Ubuntu (12.04) just doesn't see it, so I'm unable to do anything other than charge it up. When I connect Nexus 7 to my machine at work which uses Windows 7 it recognises Nexus 7 and so I could copy files across.

What do I need to do to get Ubuntu to recognise my Nexus 7?



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Nigel Marsh (florin119) said : #2

Thank you for the reply but unforunately I can't see how this helps me. The
article is about Mint. My question is about recognising that I'm connected
to a Nexus 7. Is the answer use Mint rather thsn Ubuntu?


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The underlying OS is pretty much the same, give it a try

Dave Weetwood (david-weetwood) said : #4

I use 'gMTP' to transfer between Ubuntu 12.04 and my nexus 7 it works for me.

Its available through the Ubuntu software centre so painless to install.

shane (shane-animail) said : #5

I find gMTP terribly slow to do anything (such as switching directories) and keeps greying out as though not responding.
Shame we can't browse it through the file manager just like in Windows.

Christopher M. Rogers (cajhne) said : #6

It's the way the file system works. MSC (Mass Storage Class) file-browsing mode is what you want, however this mode requires mounting of the entire volume to work. This isn't a problem in devices that have separate (removable) storage cards, because the Linux can mount the entire SD card, without taking the Android system volume away from Android (which would be instantly bad :D ).

The industry is switching to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol), because this protocol allows multiple systems to have access to the storage at once without an exclusive mount.

If you're transferring files a lot, check out DropSync, which allows you to have a local copy of folders in your DropBox account automatically sent to your Nexus 7 via WiFi. This keeps me happy most of the time, as it works really well.

Also, the thought that the Nexus 7 isn't a mass storage device helps too. I can't plug my laptop into my PC and transfer files through MSC either after-all. ;) Maybe the next one will have expandable storage, and we can have MSC back. *crosses fingers*
I can't say that I don't miss it. Would come in handy now and then.
Being able to drop 64GB into my Nexus 7 would be sweet too!

Adam Simmons (cymbals-simmons) said : #7

I use AirDroid on my nexus 7 and transfer files over the wireless network. Works really well and you can do lots of other cool stuff too.

Jochen Fahrner (jofa) said : #8

I can confirm what shane said: terribly slow and often not responding (grey window).
I now installed a ftp server on my Nexus 7 and use Filezilla for transfering files.

Igor Santos (igorsantos07) said : #9

I followed this howto[1] and, although the filesystem is appearing correctly in Caja/Nautilus (I'm using MATE), the system become unresponsive for some time before working with the Nexus. Image thumbnails don't show up and I can't use the tablet as a media device on Clementine (my main reason for connecting the tablet through USB to the computer).


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