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Old 08-02-2004, 11:00 PM   #1
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iRiver mp3 player


I am new to Linux. Intersted in purchusing the iRiver mp3 player, have been told it works on Linux.

Is this true?

Your help would be appreciated

Old 08-03-2004, 07:28 PM   #2
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why won't someone answer?

thank you
Old 08-03-2004, 07:43 PM   #3
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Hi, and welcome to LQ!

First a moderator note: Please don't bump your post,
the rules you agreed to when signing up state that you're
not to do that for 24 hours ...

As for the reasons why no one answers - I can think of a few:
  • People may, like myself, never have heard of the device
  • People may not have read the post (yet)
  • The devices set-up may be complex, and people may not feel inclined to talk you through that
  • The devices set-up may vary with distro, and since you gave no indication of what you're using
  • they may not bother to ask
  • ...

Old 08-03-2004, 07:51 PM   #4
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i have read that they are compatible with linux. most mp3 players are, as all they are, are a make-shift usb hard drive.

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Old 10-23-2004, 10:52 PM   #6
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I'm thinking about an ifp-795, and it's a flash player. My logic is, if my USB disk works, so should this. Any one got any info to the contrary?

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I was wrong, my mistake. I did get an ifp-795, and I can tell you it works. Here's the catch, it must be a flash player, and it must be within ifp's 700-800. I am a newbie too, so I wrote this in a really simple version of what I did. You just have to install ifp line (search sourceforge for ifp line, should be the first choice). Compile it

(enter root password)
make install (should work, if not, plain old make)

After that, typeing ifp in the command line should do the trick to start the interface program. type:

ifp ls /

to test it. It should say (as long as the device is disconnected):

iRiver iFP device not found.
Note: Please check USB connection.

You can use MC as as semi-graphical interface to. Search for extfs. You'll see a directory called extfs, and a file called extfs.ini, you need both. First of all, copy /usb/bin into the directory extfs. Your finished with that. Then edit extfs.ini (any editor should do, from your normal user using the "su" command I
'd reccomend vim.). You need to add a line that says:

# ifp software (or some other description of the software so you know what it is)

Save it ( press "Esc" then type ":save! " and then the directory where you originally found the file). Exit (type ":q). Go back to the terminal, (you need to be root or "su"ed into root to use it because you need to be able to write to the usb ports) and type "mc". This will get you into the Midnight Commander interface. It is a basic file browser with two panels. At any one time you can have 2 panels up: click on one (yes, in mc you can click with your mouse, it responds as it the text were buttons), and enter (in the bottom place under the panels) the directory of your music. Then click on the other one and type:

cd #ifp

Then all you need to do is click the music you want, and click copy down at the bottom of the screen (F5). You can also create new folders using mkdir at the bottom of the screen near copy. Exit the console and disconnect when your finished.

I hope this helps.

Old 10-27-2004, 12:33 AM   #8
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I have a Ihp 120. thats one of the hard drive versions. It works great. Im using SuSE 9.1 and it auto detects/mounts it. It works just like a HD so all you do it drag the folders/files onto the player. im pretty sure it just like having an external FAT32 drive. I was even able to run this thing some guy made to change the boot logos under wine. Mine now boots with none other than a tux. iRiver is also nice because of thier support for .ogg. hope this helps.
Old 11-10-2004, 02:08 AM   #9
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My I-River

I'm using an I-River iHP-120 as well, and Mandrake 10.0. It is automaticaly mounted very quickly under "/mnt/removable". Then it's just click-n-drag. The i-River is great too, seamless between windows & Linux. I love the optical I/O for the front inputs on my stereo and the comp, except that I had to get a sony MD cable for the mini adapter for the tos-link connection.

Last edited by Bennyjamin; 11-10-2004 at 02:13 AM.
Old 11-16-2004, 10:24 AM   #10
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I purchased an iFP-190, the 256MB flash model. I flashed it with the UMS firmware, because it's own firmware would not allow me to transfer files from the device back to the PC, and because it seems silly that I must install a software, if I'm at a friend's house and want to copy some stuff. With the UMS firmware, under windows, it works great: it shows up as a new drive, so I can drag into and out of it.

But under Linux, it get's recognized, but the partition table doesn't. And for this reason, I can't get to mount it. I get an IO error message (kernel 2.6.5 maybe I should upgrade the kernel?)

scsi0 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
Vendor: iRiver Model: iFP Mass Driver Rev: 1.00
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
SCSI device sda: 512000 512-byte hdwr sectors (262 MB)
sda: assuming Write Enabled
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
/dev/scsi/host0/bus0/target0/lun0:<3>Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
unable to read partition table
Attached scsi removable disk sda at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
Attached scsi generic sg0 at scsi0, channel 0, id 0, lun 0, type 0


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