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Hi all you helpful people:
I have been lurking here for the last couple of weeks picking up useful info but now need help please. I connected my G2 to my PC tonight for the first time to transfer a Skype apk and having removed the USB cable my G2 now says the SD card, which is actually the 8Gb internal memory, is unmounted and wont let me in; it also says that the various applications that I had moved to the "SD card" yesterday, including Angry Birds and Dolphin browser are no longer installed.
I used the set-up wizard to restart and it has found the browser but I still can't access the files on the Flash memory directly. If I put music or video on the device I can only put it in the RAM, which will fill up pretty quickly. So: how do I remount the internal "SD card", without a physical SD card the mount card option in Settings is greyed out. Have tried a couple of reboots but no joy. Stock ROM, no updates, not even latest firmware; leave well alone is my motto if it is working.
(FWIW Skype working, iPlayer working, Google maps working and everything else that I wanted it for, browsing, emails, etc. Can't get Market working though after trying a number of the solutions on here but I'm not that fussed about that.)
Thanks in anticipation.
When you plug it into your PC and agree to let it mount to your PC, it unmounts the SD card and internal memory from the Arnova so that your PC can access it. It then mounts your SD Card and ram as 2 removable disks on your PC .
BEFORE you unplug from the PC you should go into Notifications on the Arnova and turn off USB so the SD card and memory is unmounted from the PC properly.
I am betting you corrupted the SD card by just unpluging! Reformat the SD card (fat32) on the PC and stick it back in and I bet it will mount. Had you corrupted internal memory, you would probably have to reflash the ROM to fix it!
So word of warning everyone.... turn off USB from the Arnova before you unplug OR use the PC and eject both the SD card removable drive and the internal memory removable drive, OR RISK corrupting your SD card or Arnova!
Realize both of these are formatted Fat32 so the PC can access them. Fat32 does not like to be just unpluged!
When I first plugged in the G2 my PC didn't recognise it first time and the G2 didn't "realise" it was plugged in so I just had to unplug it as these was no way to dismount it. Now when I plug it in to the PC I get the turn on USB storage notification and turn off USB as appropriate but it only appears as one drive on my PC. I don't yet have an external (plug-in) SD card, it's still on it's way; but the "internal" SD card, i.e. the flash memory, isn't showing up as a separate drive on the PC but as a folder within the PC drive.
I may be wrong but I thought that I could previously press Files and SD card and it showed me the apps I had moved to the internal flash memory; now it says the SD card is unmounted and I don't have an SD card to mount. The storage of the flash NAND memory is showing up OK as about 4Gb free and 4Gb used under Storage in the settings menu but I can't move files into it (as opposed to apps which I can move from manage applications menu).
And BTW, how does the move command work for files, I can copy and paste but can't get move to do anything, do you need an actual SD card in for that to work? I don't have any other Android devices and I'm learning as I go along.
Ah OK your just a little it confused as I was 😉
When you first open your file browser you will see a list
You cannot open SD Card unless you have an SD Card installed!
However, internal memory is mounted in several sections one of them being called SD Card along with a bunch of other mounted folders. You must be thinking of that since you do not have a physical SD Card. So open Internal Memory and you will see your "internal" SD Card. Now open that.
Oh and so you know so you don't get really confused when you do get an SD Card. When you plug in a SD Card the system then "combines" the 2 SD Card folders into one view. e.g. if you open SD Card or open internal memory SD card the files listed will be the same. So sometimes it's hard to tell whats on the internal memory SD Card folder and what is really on the physical SD Card. The only way to really tell is to unmount the SD Card and then with your file browser look in internal/SDCard and see whats there. Anything there IS in internal memory.
However final note on this. When your SD card is plugged in, anything written to SD Card will go to the physical SD Card. It's only when the physical SD Card is unmounted will the system start writing to internal memory SD Card.
The real problem was after I unplugged it from the PC and went back to Angry Birds (again!) it said the app wasn't installed, it couldn't "see" it on the flash memory; I reinstalled it anyway (and moved it to 'SD card' again) but it had lost the Dolphin browser as well. I've now got them all back but I suspect that after it's had a rest (charging atm) they may all be gone again. We'll see.
Don't really want to start messing about with the OS if I can help it, can't afford to brick it. SD Card should arrive in the next few days along with a Navitech case from Amazon.
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