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Old 07-19-2011
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Hello,

This is my first post Smilie

I wondered if it would be possible to connect a unix machine via USB as a disk drive in the same way as Android devices connects to the computers.

The idea is to connect my debian machine to the television, that is compatible with USB pendrives. Then, the television can browse a folder of this debian machine.

Any ideas?

Thank you very much!
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Old 07-19-2011
Ordinary USB ports can't talk to host devices. Linux does have a "USB gadget support" driver for hardware that can; it doesn't act like a pendrive, it's simply raw.

Android is Linux, at core, so perhaps the software it uses for pretending to be a FAT32 drive can help.

Last edited by Corona688; 07-19-2011 at 06:47 PM..
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Old 07-19-2011
Thanks Corona668.

Indeed I was inspired by my android device. Such as Android is linux, I thought maybe there is already some software, but I googled and I found nothing.

I wondering if anyone knows any software that can accomplish this.
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Old 07-19-2011
Just software won't help you. Your computer has USB host ports, which can't talk to other USB host ports. If you can find a USB expansion card based on the PLX 2280 or PLX 2380, those are Linux-compatible and capable of running in client mode.
 
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