Samsung u3

May 25, 2008

I recently got a Sumsung YP U3 based on the suggestion of various commentors.  I connect it to the Hardy partition I have (2.6.20-16-generic kernel due to a bug in wireless in the Hardy kernel) and the media player won’t mount.

If anyone knows how to fix this, let me know…thanks

I used the Rhythmbox MTP plugin and installed libmtp-dev (though I think the latter didn’t have anything to do with the problem)  and the problem is no more.  \o/


  1. Hi! I bought the same mp3 player last week – as you, slightly disappointed that it didn’t mount automaticall, but I use gnomad2: it works, is fast and does the job. I’m very happy with the player btw 🙂

  2. It is possible to change your media player from MTP to UMS, so that you can see it in your filesystem. I have done it for two players now and it works. Here are the links that helped me:


    If you need any help just leave a post.

    • I used the Rhythmbox MTP plugin and installed libmtp-dev (though I think the latter didn’t have anything to do with the problem) and the problem is no more.

  3. I left a comment about the possibility of mounting this player as any other usb stick. You just have to rewrite the firmware and I left two links explaining the whole process. But it seems the post was removed. If you are interested just post a comment.


  4. That’s strange when I posted the second message the first message was not shown.

  5. After reading various bug reports before Hardy released, Canonical bought one of these players and it was tested (and failed) in Prague.

    The right person to fix it took it home, so expect it to work out of the box in Intrepid 🙂

    Main thing you need is to add the MTP plugin to Rhythmbox, and open it by hand

  6. I normally avoid any Music player that need an specific program to load your music, it’s a retarded concept that lock you in a platform… again. I’m using a SE w200 phone right now, while it is a very basic cellphone it gets you the job done and its a magnific music player. Cheap and you don’t go around with a cellphone and a music player, something that I never really liked, even when I used iPods nano…

  7. This player does work in Hardy with Rhythmbox. It is sold almost anywhere with a Media Transfer Protocol enabled firmware, which Rhythmbox supports through libmtp with the plugin enabled.

    You can however free your player and turn it into a Mass Storage Device, and it will mount like an external disk.

    Here goes the link to a zip file that includes the windows only tools used to do a recovery flash of the device. You can forcefully flash your MTP version with the MSC firmware. Read it carefully before using.


  8. @rif.
    I don’t understand. I would like it to be mounted as a Mass Storage Device and if I can back up and format under Linux?

  9. @rif. I see the comment was being moderated by WordPress. Anyways, if I do convert from MTP to UMS, how will this affect the player?

  10. The only known issue is that we loose the RDS (No more radio station names). Apart from this there is no change in functionality.

    You will be able to mount it as a Mass Storage Device and just copy oggs or mp3s in the Music folder. The rewriting of the firmware takes around 5 minutes and its a reversible operation (that is, if everything goes right).

    About formating it yourself under linux I don’t thing that it’s advisable if you want to keep the functionality. After firmware change it will format itself.

  11. I feel this immense urge to say “I told you so!”…

    My Cowon comes with a built-in setting for whether to use MTP or UMP, btw.

  12. Somehow i missed the point. Probably lost in translation 🙂 Anyway … nice blog to visit.

    cheers, Sanguineness!

  13. I have a same problem with a Samsung YP-K3 mp3 player….. now, lets see how many “helpful” replies to this question, this player mounts perfectly under Fedora 9, even mounts onto my desktop….. but it is not mounted by Hardy, although it is recognized on my usb port..(viewed with USB Viewer), so come if Fedora recognises it… why doesn’t Hardy…. it can’t be too hard.. after all, both are linux, both run the same kernel.. there must be something very simple… without changing the firmware, in the Samsung YP..

  14. i just wish that mp3 players could also have some 10 band equalizers and bass boost functions””‘

  15. those generic mp3 players that are made in china are really cheap but i still prefer to use my ipod ~:”

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