I have some thoughts. Just be aware that this falls under the heading of "educated guess" with emphasis on the word, "guess."
Originally Posted by seanism
Anyway, when you plug your Pre into your desktop, you don't actually have to tap "Just charge." All tapping that does, is get rid of the notification on your Pre. In other words, your OS should detect the Pre as a novacom linux device the instant it's plugged in.
Selecting Media Sync or USB Drive doesn't actually turn the Pre into an ipod or USB drive (I know I'm stating the obvious here)
Instead, it sends signals over the USB to trick your desktop into thinking that the Pre was removed, and replaced with a flash drive or ipod.
If there's anything wrong with the novacom driver on your desktop, it's possible that your OS is so hung up because of a device it can't talk to plugged into the USB port, that said USB port isn't going to work until it's physically removed.
If my educated guesses are right, then there are a couple of possible solutions.
a. Completely remove the devices from your system as described above, and then completely remove novacom.
b. Completely remove the devices from your system as described above, and then reinstall novacom so it's working properly.