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    How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    I want to get the photos off an iPhone 3. I am using Ubuntu 10.04. When I plug it in via the USB port, the phone buzzes but nothing happens on the computer.

    This thread suggested adding a repository that would upgrade your libimobiledevice package. I did that and it still does nothing when I plug it in.

    I tried following these instructions on Ubuntu Geek. It couldn't find the package libiphone-utils, but I continued with the instructions and tried to mount the phone anyway. This is what happens when I try to mount it:

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    $ ifuse /mnt/ipod
    Failed to connect to lockdownd service on the device.
    Try again. If it still fails try rebooting your device.
    Any ideas for what I can do? I'm just using this phone as a camera.

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    This is a last resort, but anyway:

    Is there a removable [micro]flash card? In that case, move it into a card reader (with an adapter, if the card reader only reads standard size cards).

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    unfortunately the iphone memory is built in not removable. Does your phone not show up as a removable drive?

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    sudodus - All it has is a SIM card.

    chadk5utc - It doesn't register at all when I plug it in, at least on the computer's end.

    I know it can be detected and accessed in newer versions of Gnome/Linux. I'm using Ubuntu 10.04 with old gnome now, but I have tested newer versions of Ubuntu on this computer. I just kept having all these problems with slowness and freezes, and no one knew what the problem was, and I will have to research kernel dependencies to figure it out, which I have no idea how to begin doing, so I decided to just switch back to the old system that worked (Ubuntu 10.04).

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    This is just a guess but do you have HFS+ support installed on your computer? If the iPhone is like the iPod I used to use, then adding HFS+ support allows you to mount it as an external drive. See the packages hfsplus, hfsutils and hfsprogs.

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    You just told us the solution

    Boot from the newer Ubuntu install disk or if you have problems, download the iso files of Lubuntu 12.04 and Knoppix.

    Make CD/DVD/USB drives and run a live session, to connect to your iPhone and copy the photos. There is a fair chance that either Lubuntu or Knoppix will work well enough for this task.

    If necessary, try some boot option in Lubuntu alias cheat-code in Knoppix

    https://help.ubuntu.com/community/BootOptions

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    Re: How to get photos off an iPhone 3 (Ubuntu 10.04)?

    Lars Noodén - I installed hfsplus, hfsutils, hfsprogs, and hfsutils-tcltk, but that didn't help it automount. I don't know what to do if it's not even registering the device.

    This community documentation on portable devices says Ubuntu 10.04 is supposed to connect to an iPhone automatically. I don't understand why it's not doing it.

    Olle Wiklund - I could solve all my problems by restarting the computer and booting into Windows, but that's no fun. The idea is that I want to access the photos without rebooting or using a virtual machine. Also, I'm skeptical that a lightweight system would really help - I tried running the latest Xubuntu on this laptop and it still had the same freeze problem. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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