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Zune on Sabayon

Postby GI_James » Wed Feb 27, 2008 14:11

Getting the Zune to work on Sabayon Linux

Recently Purchased a Zune and was hoping that it would work on my Sabayon Box. After plugging it in and running Amarok, it was a no go, finally got it to at least read the contents after updating libmtp and rememerging Amarok with the mtp use flag. Still not able to fully sync with Amarok.

I found an article where you can use Windows on a VMWare machine. Since I don't have VMWare, I used VirtualBox, and after some cussing, kicking, and clawing... I finally got it to work. Here's what I did.

First download the following files:
XP SP3 RC2

Zune 2.3 with updates

(of course, make sure you are up to date (layman -S && emerge --sync))

I assume you know how to use linux CLI and VirtualBox (oh and Windows XP)
You'll need your Windows XP Disc...

Setup your Virtual Computer
1.Run VirtualBox
2.Click New, then next
3.Name your VirtualBox (something useful, ie XP_Zune)
4.Select your OS type (Windows XP), then next
5.Select how much memory for your Virtual Box, then next
1.Note: I chose ((actual memory)/2) (ie. 2Gigs = 1gig)
6.Select NEW, next... then choose HD type (dynamic or fixed size)
7.next, Name your HD (ie. XP_zune) then choose size, then next
8.Verify info, then finish
9.Then next, then finish.
10.Now your computer is setup, you need to install XP

Installing XP

1.Insert your XP disc in CD/DVD drive
2.Under the Details tab, click CD/DVD then select mount
3.Click on Audio, then enable (select your device), then OK
4.Select Network, then enable, then OK
5.Select USB, enable, also enable USB EHCI
6.while still in the USB section, plug in your Zune...
7.wait about 15 seconds, under USB device filters, you see a little usb plug with a plus sign on it, click it, you should see Zune, select it and then click OK.
8.Select Share Folders, then put path to your music
9.then OK.
10.Select your VirtualMachine then press the Start button
NOTE: if you get an error stating that the vboxdrv isn't loaded, simply issued this command from a terminal: sudo modprobe vboxdrv
11.I'm not going into how to install XP. Google it if you don't know how.


After XP is installed.
1.go to windows update and update the installer
2.install SP3 you downloaded earlier (I burned it to a disc)
3.after that is done and all reboots are done, install zune software
4.after that is done, reboot (if needed, I mean... it is windows) plug in your zune!
5.You should be good to go to sync now, via USB2.0

Additional Notes
    Under Details Tab, you can share folders from your Sabayon File system. I am not able to add these folders to the Zune Library. Not sure why, but I can copy music/videos from these folders to my $user/My Documents/My Music Folder and this works. Not sure why it will not work. I mounted my Shared Folders as a "Network Drive." and Still no go. Maybe that's why...

    If anyone has a better way of doing this, please let me know... I'm all about a better way...
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Re: Zune on Sabayon

Postby freeallbadgers » Wed Feb 27, 2008 20:58

Good Work Soldier!!

/me salutes
“I just finished compiling glibc and now it says there is a new update available? Arrgh! It never ends!!”
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Re: Zune on Sabayon

Postby Element » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:50

Now this is intelligence at its best. Congrats! I demand a sticky in the Hardware section!
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Re: Zune on Sabayon

Postby GI_James » Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:57

For those who want to convert your video to zune format:

Code: Select all
#!/bin/bash

##############################
# ZUNE VIDEO CONVERTER       #
# [email protected]   #
# www.strickstuff.com        #
##############################

# all files that start with .m (eg mpeg mpg mod)
# change to whatever you want...
for file in ./*.m*;

# encode files and rename them to wmv
  do ffmpeg -i $file -deinterlace -pix_fmt yuv420p -g 15 -qmin 3 -maxrate 628000 -bufsize 628k -async 50 -vcodec wmv2 -b 500000 -r 29.97 -s 320x240 -ar 4x3 -acodec wmav2 -ar 44100 -ac 2 -ab 128k ${file%.m*}.wmv;

# all done!
done


simple and quick, thanks to the guys @ #bash on freenode for helping me out with changing the file extension....
also, please let me know if there's a better way. I'm learning here...
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