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There's several things that could be the cause here. I'm going to assume that you're plugging the tablet into the PCs USB port with the standard charging/data cable that came with your tablet.

Easy Solutions:

  1. You might have a bad cable. Try a different cable, if you have one.
  2. Your USB port might be bad - try plugging into a different USB port. If you're plugged into the front of the PC, try the ones on the back. Also try plugging a different device into the USB port that you were having trouble with - does the other device work in that port? If so, your USB port is OK.
  3. Go into the Settings app on your tablet. Select Storage and tap the menu (three dots in the upper right corner). Select USB Computer Connection from the menu. There will be two choices here: Media Device (MTP) and Camera (PTP). Try unchecking whatever one is checked and checking the other one. Unplug your tablet and plug it back into the PC.
More Challenging Solutions:
  1. You might not have the proper drivers for your PC to recognize your tablet. Samsung makes a software package for your PC to communicate with your PC called Kies. You can download Kies here: http://www.samsung.com/us/kies/ Download it and install it. Then plug your tablet into your PC and it should find it.
  2. There are other ways to transfer files between your PC and your tablet, some of them are really easy, some not so much. The easiest is the Dropbox app. Download the app from the Google Play store - it is free. Create a free account and sign in. Then on your PC go to www.dropbox.com and download their free Windows program. Install it and sign in with the same account info that you used on your tablet. This creates a shared space out on the Internet. Anything that you put in your dropbox folder will automatically get put in your dropbox folder on your PC. On your tablet you can look at what is in the dropbox folder and choose whether or not you want to copy it to your tablet. You can also upload files from your tablet to the dropbox folder (automatically putting them on your PC).
  3. Another way to transfer things between your tablet and your PC is the AirDroid app. You can download it from the Google Play store - it is free. When you use it on your tablet, it will give you a web address on your local WiFi. Go over to your PC and open a browser, go to that address and you can communicate directly with your tablet over WiFi. You can copy files, add and delete thigns, and all sorts of other functions. AirDroid is very useful.

Posted on Jan 14, 2014

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