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Old 09-11-2005, 04:12 PM   #1
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usb-masstorage MP3-Player problem

I used to have a JOS-100 MP3 player that was 128MB small.
However one day I think I forgot to umount it and since then it just shutdowns when started and it wont be recognize on any system so it's broke.
Anyhow so I bought a 1GB JOS-400 player soon after.
It works great, and worked even better when my new computer had USB2.
There's only 1 problem.
One day I noticed that the filenames of tracks was shortened and CAPS.
I guessed it would disappear but it haven't.
There's no problem with the actual songs.
And the ID tags show's right.. mostly..

When mounted under Ubuntu:
Spandau Ballet - 1986 - The 12 inch mixes - 01 - Gold.mp3

The Display on MP3 player:

sometimes a track even have the filename of another track, but not CAPS!

I realize this seems to be the MP3-players fault.
I haven't tried reseting it yet cause i don't know what it does if it will fix it at all or if I need a windoze computer to format it and install firmware.

anyway when I first saw the problem I instantly connected it with dos filenames that are shortened.
Is it something with vfat which i guess is what it's using.

Anyone know what could have caused it or how to fix?
Old 09-12-2005, 10:01 AM   #2
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It think its the filesystem in the mp3 player, reformat it, and try again.
Old 09-12-2005, 10:05 AM   #3
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I don't know, I think it's because you use Windows XP for transferring the files to the MP3 player. I had a USB mass storage before (Iomega Zip), and when I use Windows XP to transfer files to it, the filenames will be shortened on other computers.

As for the 128 MB MP3 player, I don't think you need a firmware upgrade, maybe you can just repartition and put a new filesystem on it
Old 09-12-2005, 12:09 PM   #4
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It looks like you aren't mounting the MP3 player as VFAT, and because of that, any files you write to it from Linux are going to be in 8.3 format.

Make sure to mount the player as VFAT, and delete all the songs and copy them back over and see if it makes a difference.
Old 09-12-2005, 04:05 PM   #5
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Oops sorry, I thought he was using Windows :P

In case you already mount it as VFAT when the filename problem occurs, maybe it's a problem with the MP3 player. Try putting files with no spaces in their filenames.


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