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30 January 2008 @ 08:51 pm
The Creative Zen and Ubuntu  
Yesterday I've got a Creative Zen. Whoohoo. I did some investigation ahead of the purchase and found out it should work well with Gnomad2. As this is my first MP3-player which is not a generic USB mass storage unit things are not straight foreward.

Creative uses MTP - multimedia transfer protocol - to push content onto the Zen. You have to rely on special tools (Amarok, Gnomad2 or some not quite intuitive cli tools) to transfer your mp3 files to the zen.

Ubuntu ships a version of libmtp which does not recognize the zen. To fix this we can either patch in the USB id of the zen into libmtp or simply upgrade the library. I did the latter. Here is how I did it:
  1. Download the 0.2.5 version of libmtp
  2. Download the source the the Ubuntu 7.10 version of libmtp with "apt-get source libmtp"
  3. Copy the directory "debian" from the source into the 0.2.5 directory you've just created.
  4. Issue a "debchange -i" and fix the version number and add a usefull comment
  5. "dpkg-buildpackage -b -rfakeroot" inside the directory will build a new version of the package in "..".
  6. Install the libmtp and the libmtp-dev packages you've just buildt
  7. Now do a "apt-get source -b amarok" and "apt-get source -b gnomad2" to rebuild amarok and gnomad2 with the new version of libmtp.

Great. Things should work now. If you get funky "detected a broken PTP header, code field insane, expect problems" you firmware is broken (probably). You need to get a hold of a windows system and install the software on the CD-ROM onto it. Then run the "autoupdate software" from the windows thingy. It should fix your Zen.

If this was greek and you need this to work - please leave a comment. If you trust me (who doesn't?) I'll even put up the 0-day versions of libmtp, Amarok and Gnomad2 I've created. :-)
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metaleks on February 12th, 2008 04:16 am (UTC)
Could you post a more detailed guide? I don't know where to get libmtp from step 1 or understand steps 3 - 7 at all. It's very frustrating to make it more detailed, but pretend you know next to nothing while doing it for best user-results. Remember! The user is dumb! (me)

(also might wanna enable anonymous comments)
perbuperbu on February 13th, 2008 10:52 am (UTC)
I tried but I failed. Back-porting of packages is tricky. Anyways - I've put up the updated packages. If you have an 32bit ubuntu system they should fit nicely.

The packages can be downloaded at: - if you need 64bit packages let me know and I'll compile some for you.
metaleks on February 13th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: tricky!
You are a very nice person to do something like that. I do need the 64bit packages :( it's been really annoying trying to get my 16gb zen to synchronize with Amarok, or just work with my system period.
perbuperbu on February 16th, 2008 08:33 am (UTC)
Re: tricky!
The packages are uploaded. Both 32 and 64bit.
metaleks on February 18th, 2008 10:49 am (UTC)
Thanks, everything works.
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