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Old 09-14-2005, 12:07 PM   #1
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Smartphone + external DVD writer connectivity

Hi all, I'm moving back to uni and I'd really like to leave my big Windows machine behind, and just take my shuttle (running Gentoo).

There are only two things stopping me:

1) I just got a new smartphone (SPV C550) and I'll need to change the music/media I have on it.

2) The shuttle has no space for a DVD drive, and I would really like to have one available.

I'd be really grateful if someone could advise on the questions below:

1) The smartphone uses a mini-sd card as additional storage. I am guessing it has a filesystem like msdos/vfat.

When I plug the phone in on the linux box (USB), it is recognised, but no SCSI emulation like when using a memory stick.

I have a mini-sd -> sd adapter, but no card reader, so I'm not sure whether I can use my linux box to change its contents.

Does anyone think that, with an sd card reader, I'd be able to modify the data successfully? I'm on a tight budget so thought I'd ask before buying a potentially useless reader.

2) I have a DVD writer, which if I put in an external enclosure I could then free myself from Windows for DVD watching. USB/Firewire HDD support in Linux seems to be excellent, are people's experiences with watching DVDs using a drive attached by USB/Firewire good on the whole?

Thanks for your time!
Old 09-14-2005, 12:47 PM   #2
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Regarding the card reader question, I found this at :

If you want to play your synchronized content on your Pocket PC or Smartphone, we recommend that you always create a new partnership with the removable storage in your Pocket PC or Smartphone first, and then synchronize files to the storage card connected to your computer via a card reader.

If you have already created a partnership with the removable storage connected to a card reader, you can do one of the following to delete that partnership:
Since I'm not interested in a synchronisation partnership, it appears that using a card reader is a valid option.

Any recommendations on the external enclosure?
Old 09-15-2005, 10:08 AM   #3
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Questions resolved.

1) The SPV C500/550 both use a standard FAT file system. Just mount the storage card as 'vfat'.


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