Linux Hates my Palm Pre

For the life of me, I can not get my desktop Linux to recognize (and thus charge or give filesystem access to) my Palm Pre. Apparently no one else on the Internet has this problem.

I’ve tried enabling low level usb debugging in the kernel, and I can see when I plug the device in:

usb 7-5.1.3: no configuration chosen from 1 choice

If I reboot the device, I see it automount for half a second during its “bootup” phase, having:

usb 7-5.1.3: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
sd 20:0:0:0: [sdf] Attached SCSI removable disk

But then it defaults to nothing once again. Works fine in Windows, which pains me to say. Works fine also when my computer itself boots up- Pre must negotiate with the hardware directly since the “charge” menu shows up… but once the Linux kernel kicks in, that’s all over.

It’s not a lack of power on the USB bus, I can trigger that error by other means, but it’s certainly not one of the log lines normally.

Ideas? I’m running out of my own.

My kernel: 2.6.31-gentoo-r6 SMP

“Solution”: root into the pre. execute as root:

usbnet disable


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