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    Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    I bought a cheap-*** mp3 player today...it looks like this, infact it IS this model by some company called "Enter." Its a 2gb player... very basic.
    mp3_2g__99188_zoom.jpg
    As it turns out, theyre untraceable on the internet...

    Anywho, this is how it went down:

    I got it and listened to the two stupid songs that were on it on my way home, it was working pretty good, I was happy. I got home and connected to my Ubuntu laptop, and then after deleting the songs, god knows what possesed me, but I #$#$%@$ %@@# Formatted the thing. It showed a free space of 2.0gb at the tiime..

    Bear with me,

    On formatting, something went wrong and the mounted disk of the thing disappeared from the screen. I opened the disk utility, and it appeared there as a "generic audio device," with 2.1gb of unallocated space. So I took all that, formatted it without partitioning and BECAUSE it wouldnt format it to FAT or NTFS, which I am guessing was the original FS, I formatted it to Ext4.

    Now it wont play anything I put onto it, even tho it mounts... Help! I know one posiible soln is to format it with a windows pc, and I will too once someone confirms that...

    Also, is it possible that I have formatted all the firmware and everything that made this lil piece of trash tick? That it is now completely ruined, because I cant find the firmware anywhere...

    AND, this is what I really eventually wanted to do with the thing later on when I was free-er, is there a way to change the firmware to something open source and linux friendly?
    Last edited by cracker89; February 4th, 2011 at 03:28 PM. Reason: mb's or gb's makes the world spin backwards...

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    The firmwares are usually stored somewhere else away from the music storage area.

    Curious enough you said it wouldnt format to FAT32 (which is most likely the filesystem.)

    Why is that? What tool were you using to do that.

    I'd try to format it again using something like GParted. Then give it another go.

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    I used the default disk utility with ubuntu, under administration>.
    It wont, it gives an error saying something like,'not enough chunks for a fat32.'

    I'll give it a shot...

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    Perhaps, it was FAT16. I cant imagine what else.

    An actualy better idea would be to do a filesytem/partition recovery then. Testdisk can do this.

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    arright! using testdisk as i type this out... thanks man. hopefully this will have me back with music playing abilities...

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    hmmm.... testdisk just told me in 16 lines that it is ext4.

    Meanwhile, here's the error from disk util:
    Code:
    Error creating file system: helper exited with exit code 1: helper failed with:
    WARNING: Not enough clusters for a 32 bit FAT!
    mkfs.vfat: Attempting to create a too large file system
    
    mkfs.vfat 3.0.7 (24 Dec 2009)

    what could tht filesys be?

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    help me make sense of this?

    i tried to make an ntfs part...

    Code:
    Error creating partition: helper exited with exit code 1: In part_add_partition: device_file=/dev/sdc, start=0, size=1972671049, type=0x07
    Entering MS-DOS parser (offset=0, size=2124414976)
    MSDOS_MAGIC found
    looking at part 0 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 1 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 2 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    looking at part 3 (offset 0, size 0, type 0x00)
    new part entry
    Exiting MS-DOS parser
    MSDOS partition table detected
    containing partition table scheme = 0
    Warning: Device /dev/sdc has a logical sector size of 4096.  Not all parts of GNU Parted support this at the moment, and the working code is HIGHLY EXPERIMENTAL.
    
    got it
    got disk
    Error: Can't have a partition outside the disk!
    ped_partition_new() failed

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    Testdisk was suggested as means to be used to try to restore previous filesystems/partitions that were deleted. In that case it would be to search for a previously created FAT file system table.

    By that I mean forget about using GParted or parted.

    Also, interesting of note. Your post said that the player has a sector sizes of 4096 and I was reading in this post that GParted/parted do not support sector sizes that large for FAT filesystems. It lists a remedy by using fdisk. Though I would attempt to use Testdisk to recover the previous file system first.

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    i tried testdisk to recoveer the partition, but as i said, it just kept on showing ext4, no fat's showed up ever...! and yes, I guessed that 4096 isnt the supported bit... fdisk eh?
    ill give tht a shot too by montgomery's left nipple!

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    Re: Mp3 player blues... Firmware change for Linux?

    Quote Originally Posted by NFblaze View Post
    Testdisk was suggested as means to be used to try to restore previous filesystems/partitions that were deleted. In that case it would be to search for a previously created FAT file system table.

    By that I mean forget about using GParted or parted.

    Also, interesting of note. Your post said that the player has a sector sizes of 4096 and I was reading in this post that GParted/parted do not support sector sizes that large for FAT filesystems. It lists a remedy by using fdisk. Though I would attempt to use Testdisk to recover the previous file system first.

    You know,. all the helps im getting from you man. and you seem to know your stuff. thankss... I got a lot farther, even tho i didnt understand much from the other thread, i did get far as formatiing to a Fat16, however, my system wont mount it...

    I dont know what to do... I wish I could just give u the drive and tell u to whatever.. anywho, still toying around with it... thanks a bunch NFblaze

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