Creative Zen X-Fi Mp3 player

I am running Open Suse 11.0 and KDE 3.5.10 and I am trying with no success to use my Creative Zen X-fi mp3 player, my main objective being to be able to download some podcasts into my Zen

I tried with Amarok which does not recognize it. Banshee sees it and I was able to import from my Zen into my computer but not the other way around

I guess I have to mount it somewhat but I do not know how. I tried mtpfs but probably did not do it right

I am very new to Linux (probably an obvious statement from what I said before) and learning it the hard way. Any help will be much appreciated :slight_smile:

Ptihibou wrote:

>
> I am running Open Suse 11.0 and KDE 3.5.10 and I am trying with no
> success to use my Creative Zen X-fi mp3 player, my main objective being
> to be able to download some podcasts into my Zen
>
> I tried with Amarok which does not recognize it. Banshee sees it and I
> was able to import from my Zen into my computer but not the other way
> around
>
> I guess I have to mount it somewhat but I do not know how. I tried
> mtpfs but probably did not do it right
>
> I am very new to Linux (probably an obvious statement from what I said
> before) and learning it the hard way. Any help will be much appreciated
> :slight_smile:
>
>

Thanks for reminding me - I’ve just re-installed SuSE as 11.0 (with KDE
3.5.10) and I’d forgotten to sort this out …

I’ve got a Creative ZEN and installed mtpfs from the Packman repository
usnig YaSYT and I’ve just run
mtpfs zen_dir
and the contents of the ZEN are showing up Ok

Where did you get mtpfs?

Alan

email =~ s/nospam/fudokai/

I got mtpfs from YAST

Since my initial post I made some progress, thanks to other forums. Amarok now recognizes my Zen but for a while I could not transfer podcasts into my mp3 player till someone told me I had first to download the podcast onto my harddisk and then only transfer it to the Zen. It works fine :smiley:

the only thing is that Amarok does not recognize the tree structure of the Zen and transfer everything as if it was an artist album. No big deal really.

Thanks anyway for replying. :slight_smile: For a while I thought that nobody would.

All I had to do for Amarok to pick up my Zen iirc is
Amarok > Settings > Configure > Media Devices > Add Device > MTP Media Device
Then under the media devices tab simply hit connect while it’s hooked it up.

Only related library I got installed is libmtp8, which I’m quite sure of that it’s part of a default openSUSE install.
Japanese text (kanji) gets messed up though… but it’s still accessible.

I got a ‘simple’ Zen V Plus though.

Ptihibou wrote:

>
> I got mtpfs from YAST
>
> Since my initial post I made some progress, thanks to other forums.
> Amarok now recognizes my Zen but for a while I could not transfer
> podcasts into my mp3 player till someone told me I had first to download
> the podcast onto my harddisk and then only transfer it to the Zen. It
> works fine :smiley:
>
> the only thing is that Amarok does not recognize the tree structure of
> the Zen and transfer everything as if it was an artist album. No big
> deal really.
>
> Thanks anyway for replying. :slight_smile: For a while I thought that nobody would.
>
>

Since you say YaST I assume that means the packman repository :slight_smile:

Unfortunately I can’t be much help in that I simply installed the mtpfs
(version 0.7) rpm from packman and everything just worked ™ :wink:

Downloading to your local system and copying from there to the Zen sounds
normal - the mtpfs mount is not quite the same as a normal mount - and the
software’s only on release 0.7 - maybe when it gets to >=1.0 it will be
more stable.

Alan


email =~ s/nospam/fudokai/

Hi Ptihibou,

I have the same problem as you about my Creative Zen X-Fi mp3 player. Did you manage to transfer sound files form your computer to your mp3 player, in the end?
I am working with Opensuse 10.2 and it won’t recognize the player when I plug it, not mentionning being able to transfer files.
Any piece od advice you could give me?