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iPhone Digital Camera Driver Issue, iPhone Not Showing Up Under My Computer

I typically transfer images from my iPhone to my Windows XP computer by clicking on My Computer, clicking on the Apple iPhone icon, and then transferring the images to another folder on the computer. Today I plugged in the iPhone via USB to my Windows XP laptop and I was surprised to see that the iPhone Camera was not showing as a drive after clicking on My Computer. To verify I hadn’t made a configuration change on accident that was causing this to not show up I verified that the computer was not seeing the iPhone’s camera by opening up Control Panel and clicking on Scanners and Cameras.

**UPDATE: The first solution is what worked for me but there have been some comments confirming that the below will not solve everyones issue. Another solution to try is to delete any images you have saved to the Camera Roll from email. It appears in some situations if images are saved from emails that it is causing issues with the digital camera driver and you will be unable to retrieve images from the iPhone if you have saved images you received via email. I attempted to duplicate the issue with emailed gif’s and emailed jpg’s but I was unable to though I am sure this issue exists for others as it has already been confirmed at least twice in the comments below.  

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How Much Do Internationl Text Messages Cost From iPhone On ATT Wireless

I have been doing some business with people overseas and sometimes we communicate via text message so I needed to verify how much it cost to send text messages from my iPhone on ATT Wireless’s network to cell phones overseas. In my specific case I wanted to verify sending text messages from the United States to London, England or the United Kigdom. After looking around a bit I found that only certain countries are supported and it costs $0.25 per text message. Below I have listed some more resources and information on picture messaging.

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Create A .IPSW File Using The .DMG Files Extracted From A .ZIP Direct iPhone Firmware Download

If you are in process of downgrading your iPhone or iPod Touch you will more than likely be downloading the older firmware directly from apple.com. When you download this firmware it is provided as a zip file with a .zip file ending such as iPhone2,1_3.1_7C144_Restore.zip. If you unpack this file it will include a couple directories and numerous files as listed below.

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iPhone 3.X Firmware With Cydia Installed Running Out Of Disk Space

If you have installed Cydia on your iPhone or iPod Touch running 3.X firmware there is a good chance that after instaling a bunch of applications you could get to a point that you are running out of disk space on the root partition. By default the root partition is going to only be 500MB and so far I have not found a great way to resize this so it is much easier to resolve using the below method. Cydia does a pretty good job of relocating a lot of the folders from the root (mounted at /) partition to larger var partition (mounted at /private/var).

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Launch iPhone Screen Capture Utility From The Command Line

I have an iPod Touch 2G that is fairly messed up and both the power button and home buttons are currently not working properly which makes taking screenshots much harder than normal in iPhone firmware 2.X and 3.X. If you have installed Cydia however on your iPhone or iPod Touch then you can launch the screen capture from the command line without issue. Once you have taken a screen capture you can then email the photos to yourself or SCP (Secure Copy) them to your computer. To launch the iPhone screen capture utility from the command line follow the directions below.