Friday, July 8, 2011

Motorola Atrix 4G: Connecting to a Mac

Motorola Atrix 4G
When we first got our Atrix 4G test device, we were momentarily dismayed when it didn't just show up in ADB for testing. We had set the USB to debugging mode, all of our other devices connect and work without any trouble. Was this some at&t thing we'd missed?

Luckily, it wasn't. Our Mac is running 10.6.6, which apparently introduced an incompatibility with ADB 1.0.26. Supposedly other configurations just work. We have this configuration, and so can't comment on the others.

Luckily, there's a very simple solution:

None or USB Mass Storage
When the device is connected, choose the "USB connection" item from the notifications, then pick either "USB Mass Storage" or "None." Voila! The phone appears in ADB! Motorola Phone Portal and Windows Media Sync apparently don't work so well with whatever the combination of Mac OS 10.6.6 and ADB 1.0.26 do.

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