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Old 07-01-2005, 05:29 PM   #1
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iRiver H10: Linux Compatible?


Hi guys,

I've been reading reviews for the past two days to decide whether to get the iRiver H10 or the Creative Zen Micro and I'm still completely deadlocked. Each review I read keeps swaying me to the other side.
So basically, I think it comes down to linux integration. Does the iRiver H10 work under linux? Tomshardware says it is, while another electronics site says it's not

oh, and I read somewhere that I can't upgrade the zen micro to a specific firmware version cause it won't work with linux anymore, is this true?

Thank you
Dswissmiss

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Old 07-03-2005, 02:09 AM   #2
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Re: iRiver H10: Linux Compatible?

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Originally posted by Dswissmiss
Hi guys,

I've been reading reviews for the past two days to decide whether to get the iRiver H10 or the Creative Zen Micro and I'm still completely deadlocked. Each review I read keeps swaying me to the other side.
So basically, I think it comes down to linux integration. Does the iRiver H10 work under linux? Tomshardware says it is, while another electronics site says it's not

oh, and I read somewhere that I can't upgrade the zen micro to a specific firmware version cause it won't work with linux anymore, is this true?

Thank you
Dswissmiss
Iriver's are so easy to setup in any distro it is untrue. They are also fantastic pieces of kit.
 
Old 07-03-2005, 02:24 PM   #3
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I know this to be true of all the other iRiver products, but apparently for the H10 specifically they made some deal with microsoft. To my knowledge, it's also not a UMS device, so I was wondering if someone figured out a way around this.
 
Old 08-03-2005, 03:26 PM   #4
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Quote:
Originally posted by Dswissmiss
I know this to be true of all the other iRiver products, but apparently for the H10 specifically they made some deal with microsoft. To my knowledge, it's also not a UMS device, so I was wondering if someone figured out a way around this.
some threads here say the same thing (that they sold out to m$ on the US version of the H10) - although there's apparently an easy workaround.

http://www.misticriver.net/boards/sh...ighlight=linux

lots more on that forum on the H10
 
Old 09-22-2005, 04:37 PM   #5
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I recently emails iriver support about this issue. The support guy who got back to me said that the h10 pure version is not linux compatible, but the h10 colour version is.

You can probably figure out how to use the pure version with linux too, but just get the colour and save the hassle.
 
Old 10-07-2005, 10:41 AM   #6
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Hi folks,

My wife recently bought an H10 for me as a surprise. She specifically asked the salesman if it supported ogg and worked in linux. She was told yes, but she was lied to. Note: this is in Australia, so it probably comes under the "international version" info supplied above.

To test the unit, I installed the windoze software and updated the firmware to 2.05. I tried encoding an album into WMA (no other choice of format with the windoze software) as a test. This worked after some fiddling. After rebooting into linux (debian sarge) I plugged in the H10. It automounted without any fuss as a vfat device. The directory structure it quite straightforward and I could copy some MP3s into the media/music subdirectory then play it using the browser. So, yes, you can do basic stuff like play music under linux. But it doesn't play oggs.

Here are my thougts/impressions of the H10:
- the documentation that comes for the windoze software is incomplete and/or out of date.
- it is not at all obvious how to encode a CD under windoze and move it to the H10. Considering this is basic functionality, that is very annoying
- the windoze softare automatically detected that a firmware upgrade was available. I told it to do the update. Then, after warning me not to unplug/interrrupt, it proceeded to do the update, then hang. This is quite alarming but thankfully nothing was broken.
- the responsiveness of the unit to keypresses is slow. Also annoying.
- so far the unit itself has hung twice under normal use. I had to take the battery out to get it to turn off.

In summary, the H10 does the basic stuff you would expect from a music player, but it isn't very reliable or particularly easy to use. And it doesn't play oggs. While it is possible to use easyh10 to fiddle with the playlists etc, this isn't exactly the ideal situation, especially if you're not keen/capable of compiling software yourself. If you're thinking about getting an H10 and your music is mostly oggs and you almost exclusively use linux like me, then I would suggest you look for something else.

Cheers.
 
Old 03-03-2009, 04:15 PM   #7
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How I work mine under Linux

I know I'm posting a long time after this thread was put up but I wanted to post a couple of links and notes for anyone else who googles as I did:

A useful blog

http://easyh10.sourceforge.net/ - The sourceforge project

There are various packages available on the download page. There is also a package in the ubuntu repositories:
Code:
sudo apt-get install easyh10
Here is my commands for my UK 20GB H10 under ubuntu. Starting out:
  1. I pluged the powered down (reset if you used recently) device into the USB on the laptop.
  2. Holding down the "O" button and pressing the on switch to start the device in "Emergency connect" mode.
  3. Under ubuntu the device automaticaly mounted under: /media/H10
First copy the correct model file to the device.
Code:
cp /usr/share/easyh10/model/H10MTP_20GB_FW2.51.model /media/H10/easyh10.model
Copy over any mp3 files you want to the device. Then update the database (I always do a rebuild, takes longer but I feel it makes sure)
Code:
easyh10 -C -on -PMrf -e UTF-8 -w ISO-8859-1 /media/H10/
 
  


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