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msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 06:56 AM
I use rhythm box just now.
When I try to import music, it says "operation not supported".

GAW. Is there any way to get them instead of buring 9 GB of music from my Windows partition?

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 07:04 AM
ubuntu usually supports ntfs out of the box,but it might not be working properly.Install ntfs-3g from the repos. Sometimes that helps. It should be able to see and read your ntfs partitionand you shoudl be able to import into rhythmbox. Which ubuntu version are you using?

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 07:08 AM
I just downloaded it today. I don't know which version I am using.

What is ntfs-3g? I am confused and frustrated. T_T

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 07:25 AM
I just downloaded it today. I don't know which version I am using.

What is ntfs-3g? I am confused and frustrated. T_T

I can see that,
lets start from the beginning shall we?
Did you just install Ubuntu? If so, did you install the restricted packages? If you haven't you won't be able to play MP3's yet.
you can install it by going to the command prompt
Applications > Accesories > terminal.

type sudo apt-get install ubuntu-restricted-extras
be careful, because it is going to ask you agree to java in a terminal window, do not close it without accepting the okay,otherwise you might break your java installation.
After that start rhythmbox and import music from windows.
If it doesn't work,
can you see the music on your windows partition, as in if you go to places can you see your c:\ or D:\ drive and can ifyou click on one of them can you see the folders you have in windows?
If you can do the above.
If you can't see them, go to applications > add/remove programs and search for ntfs-3g. Tick the checkbox and click ok. After that you should be able to start ntfs-3g it is under applications ntfsconfiguration tools. Chech both the options for read and write and you should be able to see the windows partition.
The next step is, can you find the music folder?
If you find the music folder, what type are they? are they mp3, AAC, WAV?
The music might be in a format that rhythmbox can't read. So let's find out first and then we can see what needs to be done.

Shazaam
September 20th, 2008, 07:31 AM
ntfs-3g is the tool Ubuntu uses to enable read/write access with Windows. It comes with a default install. You are probably using Ubuntu Hardy Heron 8.04.
Once you get the codec issue ironed out you will need to have your Windows partition already mounted for Rhythmbox to import the music. Ubuntu used to auto-mount other partitions/drives but this has changed in Hardy. Go to Places>Removable Media and click on your Windows drive to mount it. It will place a drive icon on your desktop. To unmount the drive right-click the icon and choose "Unmount volume". More than likely you will have to do this every time you access your Windows music folder with Rhythmbox unless you edit a file named "fstab".

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 07:35 AM
actually my windows partitions were automounted. And i never had to edit fstab manually. I do know that sometimes it doesn't work ootb. That's when I have to reach for the ntfs-3g.
The thread is marked solved now. I wonder what it was.

Shazaam
September 20th, 2008, 07:38 AM
actually my windows partitions were automounted. And i never had to edit fstab manually. I do know that sometimes it doesn't work ootb. That's when I have to reach for the ntfs-3g.
The thread is marked solved now. I wonder what it was.

I hate to hijack but did you upgrade or do a fresh install?

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 07:41 AM
fresh install, I've heard to many horror stories of upgrades.
I have a seperate home partition, so all is good.

Shazaam
September 20th, 2008, 07:43 AM
fresh install, I've heard to many horror stories of upgrades.
I have a seperate home partition, so all is good.

Hmm. Prolly cause my Windows is on another drive (d'oh!). :) Thanks.

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 07:53 AM
Well, I got to import the music from my Windows partition.

I cannot play MP3 files.

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 07:56 AM
sudo is /usr/bin/sudo
apt-get is /usr/bin/apt-get
install is /usr/bin/install
bash: type: ubuntu-restricted-extras: not found

What I get.

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 08:01 AM
Never mind, I got it! :)

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 08:06 AM
Go to system> administration> software sources.
type your password at the security window that pops up.
In the software sources window on the first tab, make sure you have software restricted by copyright or legal issues checked.
close the window if it asks to update the repository list or something similar, let it.
try installing the restricted extras after that.
this time, skip the terminal and go to applications> add remove software.
search for ubuntu-restricted-extras.
install that, and if after installing that you still can't play MP3, carefully explain to us what exactly it is that you are doing and what error messages you get.

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 08:27 AM
E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.
E: _cache->open() failed, please report.

GAWWWWW

Martje_001
September 20th, 2008, 08:29 AM
Go to a terminal, and run:

sudo dpkg --configure -a

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 08:34 AM
At the end:

dpkg: error processing deskbar-applet (--configure):
Package is in a very bad inconsistent state - you should
reinstall it before attempting configuration.
Errors were encountered while processing:
deskbar-applet

quinnten83
September 20th, 2008, 08:45 AM
if you haven't completely broken your package manager yet, try in the terminal

sudo apt-get update
and then

sudo apt-get remove deskbar-applet

and then try

sudo apt-get install deskbar-applet

if you still get the problem,
so sudo apt-get remove deskbar and then try continuing with the installation of the extras.

msohn88
September 20th, 2008, 09:03 AM
It works!!! Wheee! Thanks