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    Default Can't copy mp3 files to USB Walkman Sony NWZ-B173F

    Dear all,

    I am on openSUSE 13.1, KDE. My problem is that when I plug the USB mp3 player into the laptop, I get the device notifier working, I can choose to open the mp3 USB storage with Dolphin, but when I try to copy files into the mp3 folder (on the USB), I don't have any option for that (the Paste option is greyed out)! Can it be a permission issue, or what exactly? lsusb shows me that the USB device has been properly detected, and since I can access it, I am sure that that is the case.

    I can see on Dolphin that the folder is opened under "camera" (on the navigation bar). When I try to create a new folder, it prompts me with "Creating folders is not supported with protocol camera".

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    Default Re: Can't copy mp3 files to USB Walkman Sony NWZ-B173F

    When I'm plugging in my player, i get three options in my system tray: camera, open with file manager, and a third one. Have you tried opening it as a mass storage device with file manager?

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    Default Re: Can't copy mp3 files to USB Walkman Sony NWZ-B173F

    My wife has a Sony NWZ-A818 which appears to exhibit broadly similar symptoms. Note that the Sony NWZ-A818 is not recognized by openSUSE 13.1 as an ordinary mass storage device. Currently KDE's file manager Dolphin does not handle the Sony NWZ-A818 properly but Gnome's file manager "Files" (formerly called Nautilus) does. "Files" allows me to copy files to and from the Sony NWZ-A818 (between two windows) via copy/paste or drag and drop. It looks as if "Files" could therefore provide a simple solution for your Sony NWZ-B173F problem. Installing Gnome applications on a KDE system and vice versa is perfectly OK.

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    Default Re: Can't copy mp3 files to USB Walkman Sony NWZ-B173F

    PS you would need to search for "Nautilus" in Yast rather than "Files".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggs_J View Post
    PS you would need to search for "Nautilus" in Yast rather than "Files".
    Thanks, dude, how dumb do you think I am, seriously?

    Nautilus was a way cooler name than Files, but heck...what can one do about it?

    Are there any other known working methods for making it work? I hate installing Gnome utilities in KDE, it produces a mess. I so freaking like Dolphin...

    I can confirm the same issues as Bloggs_J. I tried opening it with file manager, as suggested by holden87, but it still does not work!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderplus View Post
    ...Are there any other known working methods for making it work? I hate installing Gnome utilities in KDE, it produces a mess. I so freaking like Dolphin...
    I am not aware of any but I am not a KDE expert. However if nobody else gives you a better answer, perhaps you might want to consider submitting a bug report on Bugzilla. A quick check in Bugzilla -> Free Software Projects -> KDE -> Quick Search = "Dolphin" suggested that no such bug has so far been reported. Caveat: My own experience of bug report submissions is that they can consume a lot of time and effort (I hope you don't think I am patronising you again) so just in case you haven't done one before be prepared for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bloggs_J View Post
    I am not aware of any but I am not a KDE expert. However if nobody else gives you a better answer, perhaps you might want to consider submitting a bug report on Bugzilla. A quick check in Bugzilla -> Free Software Projects -> KDE -> Quick Search = "Dolphin" suggested that no such bug has so far been reported. Caveat: My own experience of bug report submissions is that they can consume a lot of time and effort (I hope you don't think I am patronising you again) so just in case you haven't done one before be prepared for it.
    I cannot do this. It's not a bug. Bugs are those IDIOTIC companies that do not give a **** about Open Source, that don't care to provide drivers for Linux. Those are the real bugs!
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    Default Re: Can't copy mp3 files to USB Walkman Sony NWZ-B173F

    I use JSymphonic, a java based Sony Walkman manager.
    I'm using it on a fourth generation NWA-XX series walkman which is now pretty old but I think it is still developed with new Walkmans added.

    edit: also this might be of some help if you just want to drag and drop
    http://askubuntu.com/questions/32601...-12-04-support

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    Quote Originally Posted by riderplus View Post
    Are there any other known working methods for making it work? I hate installing Gnome utilities in KDE, it produces a mess.
    Try installing and using Krusader. It's for KDE, and just may do something Dolphin will not.
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    Quote Originally Posted by riderplus View Post
    I cannot do this. It's not a bug. Bugs are those IDIOTIC companies that do not give a **** about Open Source, that don't care to provide drivers for Linux. Those are the real bugs!
    Sorry but I can't detect much of a reasoned argument there. How do you explain the different results between Nautilus and Dolphin?

    Quote Originally Posted by crmrhm View Post
    Try installing and using Krusader. It's for KDE, and just may do something Dolphin will not.
    Howard
    I use Krusader regularly so I tried it early on without success. The Mountman module in Krusader appears unable find walkmans such as the Sony NWZ-A818 since walkmans apparently are not recognised as ordinary mass storage devices.

    This will be my last post in this thread. I was just trying to be helpful, not to offend KDE purists. My attitude is that both Gnome and KDE have their strengths and weaknesses but that is another (controversial) story.

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