What to do if youre mp3 player (Sanse e200 series) is stuck in read only in Ubuntu 8.10

Hi everyone,  I’m back from a long weekend.  I got myself a new Samsung m320 phone.  My old lg rumor screen just died.. I guess it couldn’t hold it’s own against my weight when i stepped on it.  They don’t make phones like they used to anymore.   Oh well.  I decided to go with a smaller phone that does what it was what it was meant for and only that… make calls.  The techie side of me was pushing me to get something like an instinct, or a black berry, but the graduate student side of me reminded me that paying $100 a month for the rest of my life is not a great choice economically.  Maybe if I figure out how to use that wireless signal with my laptop and home computer I’ll chose that over having  home dsl or cable. Well… most likely you’re not here to hear my blathering, so on with the guide.

How to fix the read only mp3 player problems (thanks to Ronnie from Full Circle Magazine)

  1. Plug in your Sansa e200 (or other mp3 player)
  2. Make sure it is mounted ( make sure it is recognized by ubuntu)
  3. Open a Terminal by going to Applications < Accessories < Terminal
  4. First you need to find out how your systems has recognized the  mounted device so type in the following command in terminal


5.  You will sometthing lik e this:

Filesystem 1K-blocks Used Available Use% Mounted on
/dev/sda1 92196516 70846008 16667164 81% /
tmpfs 1032308 0 1032308 0% /lib/init/rw
varrun 1032308 216 1032092 1% /var/run
varlock 1032308 0 1032308 0% /var/lock
udev 1032308 2820 1029488 1% /dev
tmpfs 1032308 12 1032296 1% /dev/shm
lrm 1032308 2004 1030304 1% /lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/volatile
/dev/mmcblk0p1 1005600 32176 973424 4% /media/disk
/dev/sdb1 1938464 1905500 32964 99% /media/Sansa e250

6. notice that my sansa is recognized as /dev/sdb1.  Keep that in mind, and make sure you know what .  It is NOT the /media/Sansa e250 location. It should be at the beginning of the line right before all those numbers.

7.  Now type the following command in the terminal (make sure you change it to match your device):

sudo fsck.msdos -a /dev/sdb

8. Put in your password, okay the operation, and after this you should be able to drag files into your sansa e200 or whatever mp3 player you are using.

9. voila!


2 responses to “What to do if youre mp3 player (Sanse e200 series) is stuck in read only in Ubuntu 8.10

  1. Thanks, man, that fixed me right up! Other people’s instructions for fixing the same problem were much more involved; this was a single, simple command that immediately solved the problem. Will it be a permanent fix though? I guess we’ll find out…

  2. Thanks god I’m not a mp3 player!

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