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Title: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion (Solved)
Post by: Jocklad on March 02, 2014, 02:51:33 pm
Have just purchased a brand new Xperia Z1 phone.

Phone has pc companion installed which can be downloaded to Desktop comp.

But....This is Windows software.

Could it work on Peppermint 4 through Wine.

Have no experience of using Wine.

Jocklad
Title: Re: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on March 02, 2014, 03:28:12 pm
Maybe but I doubt it, or it would be a pain to get USB working in WINE.

You have 2 options here

a) use Virtualbox to install Windows inside Linux, then run "Companion" from there

or better

b) just mount the device as an MTP device to access the phones storage.

Peppermint should automagically mount MTP devices .. though you may need to tell the device to present itself as an MTP device.

But only the respin of Peppermint 4 has mtpfs installed by default .. what's the output from:
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dpkg -l | grep mtp

and what happens when you plug your phone into a Peppermint PC via USB ?
Title: Re: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion
Post by: Jocklad on March 02, 2014, 03:37:57 pm
ben@ben-Dell-DV051 ~ $ dpkg -l | grep mtp
ii  libmtp-common                        1.1.5-42-g6e96316-1ubuntu1               all          Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) common files
ii  libmtp-runtime                       1.1.5-42-g6e96316-1ubuntu1               i386         Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) runtime tools
ii  libmtp9:i386                         1.1.5-42-g6e96316-1ubuntu1               i386         Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) library
ii  mtp-tools                            1.1.5-42-g6e96316-1ubuntu1               i386         Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) library tools
ii  mtpfs                                1.1-4                                    i386         FUSE filesystem for Media Transfer Protocol devices
ben@ben-Dell-DV051 ~ $

File manager is recognising the USB connection.

Obviously I did not allow the phone to install pc companion onto a linux system

Jocklad
Title: Re: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on March 02, 2014, 03:45:54 pm
What are you expecting to do with the phone and Linux ?
Title: Re: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion
Post by: Jocklad on March 02, 2014, 03:52:11 pm
What are you expecting to do with the phone and Linux ?

Purely for transfer of music/phot files ect.

Thought it might be easier using USB.

If this is a problem will use bluetooth instead.

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Quote:b) just mount the device as an MTP device to access the phones storage.

Peppermint should automagically mount MTP devices .. though you may need to tell the device to present itself as an MTP device.

Have changed the phone settings to MTP.

Can now access.

Many thanks Mark.  ;D

Jocklad
Title: Re: Sony Xperia Z1/PC Companion
Post by: Mark Greaves (PCNetSpec) on March 02, 2014, 05:00:02 pm
Great :)
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