Posted by anjilslaire on May 16, 2008
OK, I’ve decided to post how I got my Zen working under AmaroK, Gnomad2, etc.
!. Make sure you have mtpfs installed from the repo’s. I’ve never had this package installed before, and connectivity has always been sketchy at best. Install it:
Sudo apt-get install mtpfs
2. Also install libmtp7, available from the repo’s, version 0.2.6.1-2ubuntu1. It’s very important to make sure you have libmtp6 removed if present. Use Synaptic before installing libmtp7 to fully remove libmtp6 prior to installing libmtp7.
I use primarily Amarok, so you need to add it to the devices Amarok sees:
From inside AmaroK
1.Settings >Configure AmaroK
2.Select Media Devices
3.Click Add Device
4. Choose the MTP Device plugin, and give the player a name, like Zen or Creative or MyMP3PlayerIsCoolerThanYours. Whatever.
5. I left the mount point blank. Click OK
6. Back in the main Amarok interface, select Devices on the bottom left, and on the upper menu select MTP Media Device if needed.
7. There’s a colorful little button right above this that says “Connect”. Click it. You know you want to…
Hopefully, your Zen will be detected, and scanned so your contents are displayed. Now, go add some music 🙂
Posted in linux, ubuntu | Tagged: amarok, Creative, gnomad2, howto, kubuntu, libmpt, mp3, mtpfs, sync, zen | 6 Comments »
Posted by anjilslaire on May 12, 2008
After some tweaking, I must say I think I’ve gotten Hardy to be pretty rock solid for my needs.
Restricted Drivers, check
Creative Zen V Plus, check (yes, I had a bit of trouble, but I didn’t see much use in posting the fix. Maybe another day)
Most of my daily uses are working great now, either after minimal fuss, or straight out of the box. Since I’m running Kubuntu, it didn’t come with Firefox 3 (or any other flavor), so I use 18.104.22.168, as I know all of my extensions work correctly, and I’m not real impressed by some of the GUI changes in Beta 3 yet.
Now with the summer approaching, I’m considering getting a new laptop for myself (go one for Her for Christmas, running Gutsy). I’ve been pretty impressed by the Inspiron 1420 she’s running, so I’ll likely get one for myself as well.
Posted in gaming, linux, stuff | Tagged: creative zen, hardy, inspiron, kubuntu, moto4lin | Leave a Comment »
Posted by anjilslaire on May 11, 2008
I realize this it’s off topic, but I thought I’d throw this out:
Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!!
If anybody in western Washington needs an old-school barbershop haircut, go to her place at Double D Barber Shop in downtown Shelton.
Look Mom, your famous now! Keep me in the will 😉
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Posted by anjilslaire on May 7, 2008
I love Liquid Weather ++. It’s probably one of my favorite widgets to run in SuperKaramba. It’s handy, and I’ve even been told by my wife and daughter, “I want that cool weather on mine, too!”
Imagine my disappointment when I discovered it broken. It refused to pull any data for any city, period. At first, I suspected a dependency on Hardy was incompatible with LW, as it hasn’t been updated since mid-2007. After searching about, I found the following workaround: It seems that the snippet
&prod=xoap must be deleted from the config files. To paraphrase:
1. Uncompress the lwp-14.8.skz file into a new directory. (I cheated and used winrar under wine. The compression tools I have installed currently refused to extract a .skz)
2. Enter the new directory, open a Konsole there, and remove all instances of
&prod=xoap from liquid_weather.py and lwp_config.py:
sed -i 's/&prod=xoap//' liquid_weather.py lwp_config.py
3. Uninstall Liquid Weather from SuperKaramba, and then re-add it from the Open Local menu, choosing the new extracted & edited location. Once running, reload Liquid Weather if needed.
Thanks to the user fluxbox on the LW++ forums for providing this fix 🙂
Posted in linux, ubuntu | Tagged: kde, kubuntu, linux, liquid weather, super karamba, ubuntu | 3 Comments »