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How do I attach a digital camera (canon s3) to an asus aspire one running linux? I plug in the USB, the camera turns on, but nothing seems to happen on the computer side.

update: this netbook is so minimally configured that anything besides loading a pre-compiled module becomes more trouble than it's worth. I ended up using an external USB card reader.

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First of all, there is a question of whether you'd like to attach you camera as a camera or as an USB drive to get to your photos. Ensure, that your camera is set to proper mode (depends on a camera, check your manual). Plug your camera and check with dmesg if your system detected and configured modules for you.

Possible scenarios:

  • you'd like to use your camera as a camera and linux doesn't reckognize your camera. Based on dmesg output (compare dmesg before and after pluggind the device) search if there is a kernel module for your camera and if there is, check what package on your distro provides it

  • you'd like to use your camera as a camera and linux reckognized your device properly - check if you have been granted with proper privileges (ie. on Arch Linux one cannot use a camera if user doesn't belong to proper group)

  • you'd like to use your camera as an usb drive but linux doesn't reckognize your device - I have never came across this situation with working device.

  • you'd like to use your camera as an usb drive and linux does reckognize your device - check if your device appeared in /dev (new sdX entry). If that is the case, try to mount it manually.

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Install something like or any other digital camera software set so you can get the pictures off.

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It appears there is no application installed or configured to automatically launch on connection of the camera. Use gPhoto2, Picasa3 or some similar photo management application to import the photos.

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First look at ./dev dir then if you find A new record there try a cheese for gnome it support many many devices. Last way you can mount your sdbx as disk

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