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My notes on using the Sony NW-S785 walkman with linux, should apply to all NW-S78* models like NW-S784. Looks like this model is sold in Japan only.


  • support for the ogg format?
  • What works from linux: storing audio/video/pictures onto the walkman?
  • stuffing cover-art into the mp3s?
  • converting pictures to formats optimal for the ?
  • hardware specs
  • are there firmware upgrades? custom linux firmware?

managing music/picture/video files


This has to be done to do file operations. Do not disconnect the walkman while it is mounted!

tail -f /var/log/messages &    # start watching the logs
# now onnect the walkman, it can be accessed with the usual linux usb-storage driver.
# if everyting goes well usb_storage gets loaded and you the A826 gets available as a new device.
# You should get an output like 'sda: sda1', saying you can access the A826 under /dev/sda1.
# If that doesnt happen try to manually load the driver:
modprobe usb_storage
# - if that still doesnt work check if usb-drivers are loaded and the A826 comes up as usb-device at all.
mkdir -p /mnt/walkman                                  # creates a mountpoint if not existant

# now lets mount the S785, use your device here.
# The option ensures that we properly see UTF8 encoded filenames
mount -t vfat -o iocharset=utf8 /dev/sdc1 /mnt/walkman
hardwarerelated/sony_walkman_nw-s785.txt · Last modified: 2015/08/11 20:32 (external edit)