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Galaxy S4 Mini cannot connect to PC over USB after firmware update

I've got a Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (GT-19195/ Android 4.2.2.) with a Samsung USB/power cable that until two days ago was able to connect with my laptop (Windows 7) over USB. Now however, after a firmware update, the computer no longer sees my phone nor does the phone see the computer. What's going on and how can I resolve it? [more inside]
posted by MartinWisse on Aug 8, 2014 - 4 answers

Note 3 owners - do you use the stylus?

I am looking at getting a new phone with a big-ass screen, primarily for browsing. I've narrowed it down to an LG Pro 2, Sony T2 Ultra, or Galaxy Note 3 - but I need to know if anyone actually uses the space-age stylus. [more inside]
posted by smoke on Jul 19, 2014 - 15 answers

Do I really need double filtered water?

Do I have to replace my Samsung refrigerator's water filter? [more inside]
posted by NoraCharles on May 11, 2014 - 14 answers

Recent photos hidden on Samsung Galaxy S4 during file search

I have a Galaxy S4 and I generally transfer pics from it to a Windows 8.1 PC via USB, connecting up the Samsung as an external hard drive, navigating down to the DCIM folder on the camera's external SD card, then dragging & dropping. Recently, all my photos more recent than Feb 2014 are not visible via Windows Explorer even though the camera itself shows that those photos are indeed stored in the same folder on the external SD card that has all the pre-Feb photos. What gives? Are they hidden form view somehow?
posted by mono blanco on Apr 14, 2014 - 2 answers

Intermittent Printer

I am trying to run an old Samsung ML-2510 laser printer off a USB port with a desktop running Windows 8. I have downloaded the appropriate universal print driver and Samsung Easy Printer Manager. The printer installed and ran fine when I first bought it (used), but after a month or two the computer wouldn't recognize it for whatever reason. After a day of fiddling and installing and uninstalling drivers, changing USB ports, etc., I can get it to run perfectly. I then print off my stuff. The next time I go to use it, the computer can't find it and won't run it. Anyone have this problem with a computer recognizing a printer intermittently? I can understand it not working at all, but why does it work perfectly and then quit working, apparently at random intervals?
posted by weapons-grade pandemonium on Jan 27, 2014 - 4 answers

LED TV breaking Wifi Network

I have a wifi network on an Airport Extreme 802.11n, extended by several Airport Express (2008 model, MB321LL/A) base stations. My new Samsung LED TV, in a room about 20 feet from the Airport Extreme, takes down my entire network—I can't reach the internet anywhere in the house—until I shut down the TV and reboot the Extreme. Suggestions for diagnosing and repairing the problem, please? [more inside]
posted by MarkWBennett on Dec 27, 2013 - 9 answers

Samsung Smart TV + Streaming French News = Quandry

Hello. Ever since the cable company discontinued French news programming in our area, my mother has been desperate to stream a French news program (20 heures) to the Samsung UN32EH5300 Smart TV I recently purchased for my dad. [more inside]
posted by xiaolongbao on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

Why should/shouldn't I switch to cyanogenmod

I’m thinking about installing cyanogenmod on my samsung galaxy s3 ( SPH-L710 ) phone. Does anyone have experience with cyanogenmod on this phone or a similar model? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Dec 5, 2013 - 13 answers

Help me switch my phone from one provider to another

Can someone help me with the technical aspects of switching my cell phone from one provider to another? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Sep 17, 2013 - 5 answers

Flaming fox doesn't appreciate interruptions...

Help me make Firefox less cranky when losing/restoring tethered network via android phone? [more inside]
posted by de void on Aug 26, 2013 - 4 answers

I want a Samsung Ultrabook...but which version do I want???

Argh! I've spent half a day agonizing about this. I'm on a budget, I need a new laptop, I do not want to cheap out and then regret it, but I don't want to pay for stuff I don't need. [more inside]
posted by Salamander on Mar 3, 2013 - 9 answers

Google Earth is hard for tablets

I have a project on Google Earth I created on a PC and want to show off on a tablet, but things are not going smoothly. Have I missed something? Do you know how I can make my project better on a tablet? Specific questions outlined inside, but I welcome other suggestions that may help me in ways I had not even thought about yet. [more inside]
posted by whatzit on Feb 15, 2013 - 4 answers

Swap two Nexuses for a Note II? Pros and Cons?

I love my Nexus 4 and Nexus 7. I hate carrying two devices around and have been considering switching to a Note II. What are the pros and cons? What would I be gaining or losing? My major uses inside. [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Feb 9, 2013 - 11 answers

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv.

Please help me get all of my a/v equipment to play nice with my new hdtv. [more inside]
posted by The Card Cheat on Jan 3, 2013 - 21 answers

Put Jellybean back onto a seemingly useless Android phone?

Took a seemingly bricked Samsung Galaxy Nexus to one of those repair shops. They "unbricked" it, but the thing seems useless. No Play Store on it, you can't set up a Google account... details inside. The shop says they don't know how to undo what they did. A way to salvage? [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 21, 2012 - 9 answers

HDD replacement macbook walk-thru

SSD Filter: Macbook Pro running 10.5.8 WLTM Solid State Drive, NSA [more inside]
posted by Brian Lux on Dec 10, 2012 - 30 answers

Readying an Android phone for sale--how do I delete my content?

I just got a Nexus 4. I want to sell my Galaxy Nexus. How do I delete my stuff and make it safe to sell? I did a factory reset but of the 16gb it tells me only 5.6 are free (this is with no apps on it) and says it still has photos and videos and audio (though I can't see that stuff in the gallery and other apps). Thanks! [more inside]
posted by dobbs on Dec 1, 2012 - 5 answers

Phone!

What should I do to my Google Nexus S? Replace, root, or restrain myself? [more inside]
posted by rybreadmed on Sep 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Would you write a billion-dollar check?

So Samsung has been ordered to pay Apple ONE BILLION DOLLARS. Let's assume this is final, and ignores appeal, etc. How would this actually happen? I can't see it being a big check delivered on stage. Bank transfer? Scheduled payments over the course of XX years? (Freightcars loaded with pennies delivered in spite?)
posted by turbogeezer on Aug 28, 2012 - 15 answers

Help me Flash Recovery and / or root my Nexus...

Help rooting and/or flashing Recovery on a Galaxy Nexus (Jelly Bean) on a Mac? I'm stuck. So I followed these instructions / video and all seemed to be going well until I got to Step 7. [more inside]
posted by You Should See the Other Guy on Aug 10, 2012 - 9 answers

Is my phone's accelerometer broken?

I think the accelerometer on my phone (HSPA+ Samsung Galaxy Nexus) is broken (evidence). Am I right? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore on Feb 6, 2012 - 3 answers

How well would a "Digital Signage Display" work as a home HDTV?

I'm shopping for an HDTV, and might have lucked into an excellent deal on a Panasonic TH-50PF30U "digital signage display". Help me understand the difference between a consumer plasma HDTV and a digital signage plasma HDTV, because this is the first time I've heard of the latter. [more inside]
posted by churl on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Allshare Error Message Is Causing Weeping and Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth

Allshare Error Message filter: We have recently purchased a Samsung Smart Blu-Ray Player. The big attraction for us was that it would enable us to play shows downloaded from the Internet via the Allshare program. However, after I downloaded Allshare and tried to run it, I received the following error: "The Allshare shared server has shut down. It will restart." I would close the message, and it would come back again and again. [more inside]
posted by purplesludge on Jan 15, 2012 - 5 answers

Verizon Smartphone Upgrade: Drioid 3 vs Samsung Stratosphere vs Droid 4

Upgrading smart phones with Verizon, January 2012 edition: moving from an original Motorola Droid and a Droid Eris, and unsure how critical 4G LTE and Super AMOLED are for phones we'll have for another 2+ years. More thoughts inside. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Jan 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Poor cell phone reception in my home.

How can I get better reception with my new Samsung Precedent cell phone in my home? [more inside]
posted by boby on Nov 17, 2011 - 0 answers

How to fix audio/video mismatch between HDTV and speakers?

How can I fix a lag between the HDTV image and the audio coming through the speakers? [more inside]
posted by mark7570 on Oct 20, 2011 - 13 answers

Cell phone mystery/conundrum

My cell phone display has gone black, for no reason I can see, and now I'm receiving a mysterious new spate of text messages-- which I can't read or identify the sender of. Help? [more inside]
posted by dee lee on Aug 22, 2011 - 11 answers

How do I segue music tracks on a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone?

I have a Samsung Galaxy S2 phone. I use it to listen to music. But the music player is set up to include a brief gap between each track. This is particularly a nuisance when I'm listening to albums with segued tracks (such as live albums). How can I set it up so there are no gaps between tracks?
posted by paleyellowwithorange on Jul 17, 2011 - 7 answers

Photo retrieval from an antique cell phone?

How do I retrieve photos from a Samsung Cleo? [more inside]
posted by Go Banana on May 14, 2011 - 2 answers

What are the best mods available for Samsung Vibrant?

I just bought a Samsung Vibrant (ver 2.1) from T-Mobile. What should I do to it to get the most out of it? What is the best Android mod available for it and what's the process? [more inside]
posted by libbrichus on Mar 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Help me find a replacement (or fix) for my new motion-blurry LCD TV!

A.V. nerds! Help me find the perfect LCD TV, or tell me the one I have can be sufficiently tweaked. Details inside... [more inside]
posted by D.Billy on Jan 12, 2011 - 10 answers

Posting video from a smart phone to WordPress

Posting video from a smart phone to WordPress. What are the best ways to do this? [more inside]
posted by kalessin on Oct 6, 2010 - 4 answers

My printer will only print infinite blank pages

I have a 4 year old Samsung ML-2510 printer that will no longer print. It takes in a sheet of paper about halfway, then stops for ~20 seconds then spits the page out a blank page. It will keep doing this until it runs out of paper. The red error light is slowly flashing. The problem appeared a couple of years ago, but I've always been able to get it to go away before. It worked fine the first time I used it this semester but stopped working the second time I used it. Since then I've only been able to get it to spit out one non-blank page, and that was involved in a paperjam. Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get it working? I've tried Google and the Samsung site, but I get the same 4 questions answered over and over again. [more inside]
posted by Canageek on Sep 26, 2010 - 7 answers

HDMI CEC in the real world

HDMI CEC in the real world: I've got a new Samsung LED TV, which has got a number of DVD-like control buttons on the remote (play, pause, rewind etc). I'd like to use these to control a Blu-ray player when I buy one, but can I buy any (recent) player and be confident that the TV and player will work together (via HDMI Consumer Electronics Control) as advertised? Do they all play nice together in practice?
posted by Harald74 on Aug 24, 2010 - 6 answers

Which laptop should my friend get?

Is this the right laptop for my friend to buy? [more inside]
posted by jaffacakerhubarb on May 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Putting washer and dryer criss cross from connections.

Is it okay to place a washer and dry opposite of where the connections are (The dryer is electric)? [more inside]
posted by dolemite01 on Feb 20, 2010 - 4 answers

Please help me connect my laptop to my television

Can anyone help me to connect my Asus laptop to my Samsung television for use as an external display? [more inside]
posted by jonnyploy on Jan 23, 2010 - 3 answers

How can I get my hard drive to work with my TV and computer at the same time?

My new Samsung HDTV plays lots of content off a USB Hard Drive. Works great. What's the best way for me to setup a hard drive that stays connected to the TV but allows my computer to write files to it? Seems like all the drives I have or look up only allow 1 device to connect to it at a time.
posted by jakeaust on Dec 30, 2009 - 24 answers

Which (Verizon) Mobile Phone to Choose?

Mobile Phone Filter - It's time for an upgrade, so I'm looking for recommendations, non-recommendations and anecdotal data points about the LG VX5400, LG enV and Samsung SCH-u410. [more inside]
posted by Dreama on Feb 16, 2008 - 15 answers

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