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    Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    I've got a digital voice recorder, an Olympus VN-240PC, which looks and attached like any USB device -- except that it does not automount.

    I can see it in a list of USB devices, like this (see "Bus 001 Device 006"):

    Code:
    $ lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 006: ID 0dda:0001 Integrated Circuit Solution, Inc. 
    Bus 002 Device 005: ID 058f:6337 Alcor Micro Corp. 
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000  
    Bus 001 Device 006: ID 07b4:020d Olympus Optical Co., Ltd Digital Voice Recorder VN-240PC
    Bus 001 Device 005: ID 15c2:ffdc SoundGraph Inc. iMON PAD Remote Controller
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 046d:c501 Logitech, Inc. Cordless Mouse Receiver
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 046d:c517 Logitech, Inc. LX710 Cordless Desktop Laser
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 03f0:0b17 Hewlett-Packard 
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Question is (and similar questions have been asked on this Forum before, but never answered):

    How do I mount this device?

    If it's a simple USB device (which should operate just like a USB memory stick, I'd guess), what /dev/sd..., if any, can or should I use?

    TIA!
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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Did you check in the /media folder to see if it was there?

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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Quote Originally Posted by stoogiebuncho View Post
    Did you check in the /media folder to see if it was there?
    Yes, I've checked, and it's not there. I can account for all mounted devices in /media (such as /media/cdrom, /media/SD4GB (an SD-card), and /media/USB1-8GB (a USB stick)) ...no joy looking for the Olympus voice recorder. It's really not automounting, to the best that I can see or find...

    Other ideas? TIA!
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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Dear Lorin, as it was posted previously ans is confirmed by olympus, the VN type of voice recorder does not work as usb mass storage, only the ds and the ws.
    I am about to buy a voice recorder and I have searched the net in order to find the proper brand and i think i am going to choose olympus, but not the vn type.
    sorry for the news.
    however there is a possibility of writing something in the config.sys to make ubuntu to recognice it.
    i am not sure how, as i am also new in ubutu, but studying SAMBA (please, not be confused SAMBA has nothing to do with voice recorder devices, it is just an example) someone wrote a line to recognice other devices that are not recogniced automatically.
    as you are new in ubuntu, you may have not tried to read the manual page for mount?

    here is how:
    1.start konsole or terminal (you can do it with ALT+F2) and write terminal
    2. once in the konsole, type: man mount
    3. read it properly
    4. try it.
    5. ask in the forum is something is not clear

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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Quote Originally Posted by ignacio69 View Post
    Dear Lorin, as it was posted previously ans is confirmed by olympus, the VN type of voice recorder does not work as usb mass storage, only the ds and the ws.
    I am about to buy a voice recorder and I have searched the net in order to find the proper brand and i think i am going to choose olympus, but not the vn type.
    sorry for the news.
    Many thanks for this, ignacio69! It is good to know what cannot work, so as to quit wasting time on the undoable, and to pursue more useful things! Yes, I too will start shopping for a better Olympus DS or WS type voice recorder. They're cheap enough, and I'll just give my old VN unit to someone with a Windows system who can use its proprietary download software!

    I will indeed follow your advice to read the man mount section thoroughly, if not for this purpose, then for something more fruitful in the future! Again, my thanks for your thorough and helpful response!

    P.S. I found an older thread, perhaps the one you're referring to, here: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=611583

    Also, this thread http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=558730 and these may help:
    http://www.qbik.ch/usb/devices/showdr.php?id=286 and http://code.google.com/p/odvr/
    Last edited by Lorin Ricker; December 27th, 2008 at 10:44 PM.

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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Dear Lorin,
    at the end I bought a philips Lfh860, it records in mp3 which is propietary software, but it works as a usb mass storage and it is recognized by ubuntu 8.10 inmediately and without problems.

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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    hello,

    I have an olympus VN-2100PC voice recorder. I was going to do a HOWTO on this but never got around to it.

    They DO work with ubuntu. But you have to install a little software first called ODVR. Your model is listed as compatible with the software.

    It can be downloaded from here:
    http://code.google.com/p/odvr/

    1. The file is a simple .deb install (click and it will install).
    2. After install is complete, plug in your voice recorder.
    3. Open a terminal and type: odvr -l
    4. To see a list of other commands to manipulate ur files on your voice recorder type: odvr -h

    Code:
    -= Options =-
      -h             : This help.
      -v             : Print version.
      -d <folder>    : Download all files in <folder>.
      -e             : Download everything.
      -l             : List all files.
      -x <folder>    : Delete all recordings in <folder>.
      -c             : Delete all recordings.
      -y             : "yes" to all yes/no questions.
      -r             : Reset the DVR. This may fix some sync issues.
      -D             : Enable debug tracing.
    you now have a working voice recorder... enjoy
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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Thank you! I've been searching all over the internet for that code. Thanks so much! It works with my VN-4100pc.

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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Hellomoto, thank you for sharing such information. I was able to help someone get their recorder recognized and get files from it. I have since filed a needs-packaging request for odvr:
    https://bugs.edge.launchpad.net/debian/+bug/561575
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    Re: Cannot mount a USB Olympus Voice Recorder VN-240PC

    Using ub9.10 karmic 64bit
    doesn't work with the VN-240PC
    unless I use sudo

    Any suggestions as to how to avoid that so others users can use the device?
    Here is some info...

    Code:
    xxx:~$ odvr -l
    Failed to open Olympus device: couldn't claim interface
    
    xxx:~$ lsusb
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 07b4:020d Olympus Optical Co., Ltd Digital Voice Recorder VN-240PC
    but
    Code:
    xxx:~$ sudo odvr -l
    [sudo] password for xx: 
    Model: 1100PC
    Folder A (5 files):
    Slot File     Length       Date          Quality
    1    92     00:22:52  4/08/2010 22:51:24 HQ
    2    93     00:18:36  4/08/2010 23:16:10 HQ
    3    94     00:20:28  4/08/2010 23:37:39 HQ
    4    95     00:29:58  4/09/2010 23:59:10 HQ
    5    96     00:49:05  4/10/2010  4:25:24 HQ
    Folder B (0 files):
    Slot File     Length       Date          Quality
    Folder C (0 files):
    Slot File     Length       Date          Quality
    shame it only works with XHP quality files
    Last edited by vayira; April 14th, 2010 at 02:49 AM. Reason: more info
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