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List of Gadgets and other hardware devices working with SUSE releases. Specify Product type, Brand, Model, SUSE version, Interface type, and any other Comments or tips regarding the product that can help other users.

Gadgets

Audio Players

Brand and Model Interface SUSE versions Comments
Creative ZEN Stone Plus USB 2.0 SuSE 10.1 Tested on SuSE 10.1 (32 bits). Device is detected automatically (as soon as plugged) and mounted as removable disk.
iPod Shuffle (2nd. generation) USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) It works like a charm on KDE 3.5.7 / Amarok 1.4.7
iPod Touch 1G/2G/3G/4G, iPhone 1G/2G/3G/3GS/4, iPad 1/2 and Apple T USB 2.0 SuSE 11.4 software, info
iriver T30 USB 2.0 openSuSE 10.3, 11.0, 11.1 (64bit) The default firmware (using MTP) doesn't work, but iriver has provided a downloadable firmware for the gadget to be used as an USB mass storage device. The customer needs a Windows machine to rewrite the firmware. It then works with Linux, only the tracks are listed and played in a random order. In Windows there is the possibility to order them using the software that ships with the thing, but in Linux the only solution is to create .m3u playlist files.
SanDisk Sansa View 16 GB USB 2.0 SuSE 10.2, 10.3 Needs to be manually (on the player) forced to USB mass storage mode each time it is plugged in: Troubleshooting_Gadgets#SanDisk_Sansa_View_MP3_Player
TrekStore i.Beat censo USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) Works great on KDE 3.5.7 / Amarok 1.4.7
Creative MuVo USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) It works on KDE 3.5.7 / Amarok 1.4.7
Sandisk Clip 2gb USB 2.0 SuSE 11.2 (32 bits) It works on KDE 3.5.9 manualy drag and drop. also needs to be set to MSC. Has great FLAC support
Sandisk Sansa C230 1gb USB 2.0 SuSE 11.3 Milestone3 (64 bits) It works on KDE 4.4.0 Had some trouble to begin with but once you are able to change the settings to MSC it works like a charm. Also the Rockbox software worked in SuSe 11.2 32bit. I havent tested the device's Rockbox remote control capabilities yet.

Media Players

Brand and Model Interface SUSE versions Comments
Proline NK01 4GB USB 2.0 openSUSE 11.1 (64 bit) Works without a problem under KDE4.2. When plugged in, shows up in Dolphin. Also works under Amarok 1.4
Creative ZEN V Plus USB 2.0 SuSE 11.0, 11.1 Set Amarok to MTP device, hook up the Zen and click connect in Amarok. If you set the Zen to have a 'disk' partition this is also functional and accessible (useful for installing DOS on to update firmware)
Cowon iAudio7 USB 2.0 SuSE 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 Works out of the box in UMS mode.
Creative Zen Vision:M USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) 11.1 (32 bits) KDE 3.5.7 Wont mount even with libmtp installed. Amarok was unable to see the device. Edit: Works only with Gnomad2 and the required dependencies.
Maxfield MaxJam 1GB. USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) Propietary video format that only works under MS Windows (or VirtualBox). File tranfers are done via konqueror (MTP protocol)
Memorex 4GB Media Player MMP8585C USB 2.0 SuSE 11.1 After plugging the media player into the PCs usb port, hold the play/pause button for about 5-10 seconds until a USB icon appears on the media player. Once that icon is visible, then one can release the button. Hotplug/automout does not work and instead one has to manually mount as a vfat device via terminal/konsole. "fdisk -l" lists devices. Create mount location via: "mkdir /media/mp8585". Assuming device is /dev/sdi (as an example) then mount via:

"mount -t vfat -o umask=000 /dev/sdi /media/mp8585"

When finishing, do not disconnect the cable or umount the drive until after the Memorex Media player says safe to unplug the usb cable. Ignoring this during a copy operation can have bad consequences.

Samsung YP-K3 USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (64 bits) Tested on KDE 3.5.7 / Amarok 1.4.7. Device uses MTP to transfer data. When mounted with "mount -t usbfs usbfs /proc/bus/usb" it can be accessed under Amarok by setting up the MTP option in "Configure Portable Player Support" menu. Images and video still no tested.
Samsung YP-MT6 USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) Tested on KDE 3.5.7 / Amarok 1.4.9. Mounted like a flash drive and supported drag and drop using konquor and worked with Amarok with transfering.
Sandisk Sansa Express USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) KDE 3.5.7 Plug and play.
Apple Ipod Nano 1st gen 8gb USB 2.0 openSUSE 11.1 (32bit) Mounts and you are able to see whats it on it and the file structure. Everything is locked and one cannot manipulate the data. Also it doesn't work under Amarok 1.4
Samsung YP-K5 USB 2.0 (propriatary Cable) SuSE 11.1 (32 bits) Tested on KDE 3.5.10 / Amarok 1.4.9. Mounted like a flash drive after upgrading the firmware to KC 1.50 and supported drag and drop using konquor. Amarok 1.4 would not see the device to sync.
Sandisk Sansa C240 USB 2.0 SuSE 11.3 (32 bits) Tested on KDE 4.4.1. Rockbox was successfuly installed via SUSE. Mounts as a Mass Storage Device. will not sync with Amarok at all. MicroSD works but also wont sync.

External Storage

Product type Brand and Model Interface SUSE versions Comments
NAS Seagate BlackArmor NAS 110 1TB Gb Ethernet, USB2 host openSUSE 11.2 Works really well as NFS server over LAN (see this HowTo for setting it up: http://forums.opensuse.org/new-user-how-faq-read-only/unreviewed-how-faq/429064-how-mount-nfs-server-autofs.html)

BUT most of the features are either broken or simply don't work as advertised - totally misleading information:
- Media streaming - doesn't work, most formats unsupported
- Global Access - doesn't work or broken
- FTP access - darn slow
- HTTP access - only server configuration (must be able to set up web server as well)
- Back up - doesn't work or broken
- NFS server - the only feature that works and surprisingly really well
- Manual - absolute rubbish!
- No GPL sources available (must be violation of the GPL license)

EXTERNAL USB HD Fantec Fanbox DB-228US 2.5 inch USB 500GB USB 2.0 SuSE 11.1, 11.2 (KDE 3.5.10) Manufacturer did not properly unmount under MS-Windows, so that was required for first usage. After that, then can just plug in for read/write. Drive formated as NTFS. Drive is recognized as " ID 04fc:0c15 Sunplus Technology Co., Ltd "
EXTERNAL USB HD Maxtor One Touch 250GB USB 2.0 / Firewire SuSE 9.3, 10.1 to 11.2 (incl) (KDE 3.4.2 - KDE 3.5.10 (incl)) Just plug it in for read/write. Drive formated as VFAT.
EXTERNAL USB HD Maxtor One Touch 500GB USB 2.0 / Firewire SuSE 10.1 to 11.2 (incl) Vendor/Device ID 0d49:7200 (KDE 3.5.1 - KDE 3.5.10 (incl) and KDE-4.3.1) Just plug it in for read. For write used NTFS-3G driver. For hot plug auto mount in 10.3/11.0 used method documented here: http://en.opensuse.org/NTFS-3g#External_HD_hotplug_bug_in_openSUSE_11.0
EXTERNAL USB HD Maxtor One Touch II USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 to 11.2 KDE 3.5.7 Mounted flawlessly. when connected for long periods of time with no activity the drive unmounts itself which is solved by powering down the hard drive or disconnecting it.
EXTERNAL USB HD Seagate Free Agent - Desktop 500GB USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 - 11.2 Vendor/Device ID 0bc2:3000. ((KDE 3.5.7 - KDE 3.5.10) and KDE-4.3.1) Just plug it in for read. For write used NTFS-3G driver. For hot plug auto mount in 10.3/11.0 used method documented here: http://en.opensuse.org/NTFS-3g#External_HD_hotplug_bug_in_openSUSE_11.0
EXTERNAL USB HD Seagate Free Agent XTreme - 1 TB USB 2.0 / Firewire 400 SuSE 11.0, 11.1, 11.2 (32/64 bit) Vendor/Device ID 0bc2:3101. ((KDE 3.5.9 - KDE 3.5.10) and KDE-4.3.1) Just plug it in for read. For write used NTFS-3G driver. For hot plug auto mount in 11.0 used method documented here: http://en.opensuse.org/NTFS-3g#External_HD_hotplug_bug_in_openSUSE_11.0
EXTERNAL USB HD Western Digital Elements 500GB USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 x86_64, 11.00 (KDE 3.5.9 - KDE 4.0.2 KDE 4.1) Just plug it in and your away. Tried it formatted different ways and all FAT/NTFS/EXT3 - worked fine. Also runs fine in my Fedora 7 system.
EXTERNAL USB HD Western Digital My Passport - all sizes. USB 2.0 SuSE 11.2 / 11.3 (KDE 4.4.3) idVendor=1058, idProduct=070a", "Product: My Passport 070A" Part Number: WDBAAA3200ABK-00.

This device is not a Hard Drive per se, but a secure backup device. It is unusable under Linux. When plugged into a windows box a pop up requires installation of WD proprietary software 'Smartware' and a password set, there is no choice in the matter. Once it is set up the device is unreadable under Linux. Pseudo CD containing 'Smartware' is contained on a chip within the drive and cannot be bypassed. Smartware must be set up for the drive to work, but only under MS or MAC.

EXTERNAL USB HD Western Digital My Book 1TB USB 2.0 SuSE 11.1 x86_64 (GNOME 2.4) Plug and play no problems. OEM comes as FAT and worked fine. Reformated to NTFS and works.
EXTERNAL USB HD Verbatim 1TB USB 2.0 SuSE 11.0, 11.1, Fedora 10 (KDE 3.5.10 - KDE 4.2.1 ) Just plug it in and your away.
Drive Enclosure Thermaltake BlacX SE USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 x86_64 No issues. Tested with 500G WD SATA drive (reiserfs/NTFS). Comes with 4 port USB hub that also works. Power cord is VERY short.
External USB HD Western Digital "My Passport Essential" USB 2.0 SuSE 11.0 x86_64 No issues.
Drive Enclosure Syba SY-UEN-5SL Usb 2.0 Suse 10.3(x86 32bit) Plug and play
Drive Enclosure Sabrent USB to IDE 2.5 and 3.5 USB 2.0 Suse 10.3 (32bit X86 and PPC) Works fine. Note you have to have the drive plugged into the converter BEFORE plugging the USB cable into the computer
External USB HD Seagate Expansion 640GB USB 2.0 Opensuse11.3, 11.4. 12.1 KDE (4.4.4) Just plug it in works without any problems! Also you can copy & paste from Windows to Opensuse & from Opensuse to Windows no fuss, IT JUST WORKS!

Tablets

Brand and Model Interface SuSE versions Comments
Megawin LaPazz 0e6a:6001 USB 2.0 openSUSE-11.1 Tested on SuSE 11.1 (32 bits). Device only detected as a hard drive. No other functions (gimp, etc ... ) work.
Wacom Bamboo (MTE-450A) USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 openSUSE-11.1 (32-bit and 64-bit) Supported functionality:
  • Pen's stylus tip; including pointing, including pressure sensitivity; also functions as a button
  • Pen's eraser; including pointing, including pressure sensitivity; also functions as a button
  • Pen's first side button (that is closer to the stylus tip)
  • Pen's second side button (that is closer to the eraser)
  • Pad "<" button
  • Pad ">" button
  • Pad "FN1" button
  • Pad "FN2" button
  • Pad Touch Ring, clockwise stroke
  • Pad Touch Ring, counter-clockwise stroke
  • Defining pad's active area (helpful for matching screen aspect ratio to tablet aspect ratio)
  • Full GIMP support

All functionality listed above works correctly and can be conveniently user configured with the GUI application Wacom Control Panel, and command line interface utility xsetwacom (detailed help is available for xsetwacom).

As of openSUSE 11.1, this tablet requires manual configuration. Changes and additions must be made to the Xorg configuration file located at /etc/X11/xorg.conf.

Wacom Bamboo driver support is provided by the Linux Wacom Project. Other Wacom tablets supported by the Linux Wacom Project include:

  • Graphire series
  • Cintiq (V4 series)
  • CintiqPartner
  • Intuos 1, 2, 3, & 4
  • Cintiq (V5 series)
  • Volito series
  • PenPartner series
  • PL & DTF
  • Bamboo1, BambooFun
  • TabletPC (with/without touch)
Wacom Bamboo Fun USB 2.0 openSUSE-11.1 (64-bit) Some functionality. Buttons on unit not yet functional. Discussion on forum thread

Other

Product type Brand and Model Interface SUSE versions Comments
Audio recorder Olympus WS-300M [1] USB 2.0 SuSE 10.1 This device has been tested on SuSE 10.1 (32 bits, smp). It works as USB mass storage device (no drivers needed) and it is automatically mounted on kde 3.5. Audio files are saved with "wma" format and can be reproduced with any compatible audio player.

Note: only basic functions tested, as device detection / mounting and file access. It seems this device can be used as "music player" but advanced functions has not been tested.
Audio recorder Zoom H2 Handy Recorder USB 2.0 SuSE 11.3 This device does a lot, but what caught my eye is the ability to record 4 channel surround sound. I have not tested all of its features, just transferred recordings to my computer via the USB cable. Works great. I recorded and transferred without batteries (using the USB adapter for the recording only). I combined the side (left and right) and back (left and right) into an ac3 file, which I listened to in kaffeine, by using the following commands:
sox -M SR000[FR].wav surround.wav
aften -acmod 6 surround.wav  surround.ac3

It should then be possible to add this sound track to a movie, but this was not my goal and I stopped here. I am very happy with this device.

HBCI Card Reader cyberJack® pinpad [2] USB 2.0 SuSE 10.0, 10.3 The card reader has been tested as well on 32 bit as on 64 bit systems. However for a 64 bit system the 32 bit driver has to be installed in order to use it with the Homebanking software Moneyplex®. Furthermore Moneyplex® has to use the library located in /usr/lib/readers. Sometimes Moneyplex has problems to connect to the card reader. To solve this problem, unplug the card reader from the usb port and plug it again.
Multi-card reader AcomData Multiflash USB 2.0 SuSE 10.1 Plug and play.
Multi-card reader Belkin 15-in-1 F5U211-ME USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32bit i386) Plug and play. Device does not support High Capacity cards like SDHC (mini/macro)
Multi-card reader Ovislink L47-USB2 [3] USB 2.0 SuSE 10.1 Tested on SuSE 10.1 (32 bits, smp). Device is detected automatically (as soon as plugged). Tested with Sony Memory Stick MagicGate card (256 MB.) and Kingston SD card (2 GB.).
Portable console / Media player Sony PSP USB 2.0 SuSE 10.3 (32 bits) Video and music with no problems at all. "Clive" to extract video from Youtube sources and "ffmpeg" to convert it into PSP mpg4 format.
USB Joystick/gamepad Radioshack PSX to USB USB 2.0 SuSE 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 (32 bit PPC/i386) KDE 3.5.7 Plug and play. No rumble mode. works with ZSNES and other emulators.
USB Joystick/gamepad Thrustmaster T.Flight Stick USB 2.0 SuSE 11.1 KDE 4 Plug and play. Works with OOlite Joystick Calibration. It did not work over a USB-Hub, but plugging it directly to the Computers USB worked.
3G Modem Option Qualcomm 3g CDMA Express/Usb 2.0 Suse 11.0(x86 64bit) The system supports the card(recognises it), so just settings to be done.
ONDA MT530HS 7.2 Mb HSPDA 7.2/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS Freq. 900/1800/1900 - USB Modem + MicroSD card reader up to 2GB Usb 2.0 Suse 11.1(x86 64bit) and Suse 11.2(x86 64bit) The system fully supports the card. It is needed to edit the the "/etc/usb_modeswitch.conf" file, plug in the device, wait for a few seconds, launch as root the "usb_modeswitch" command from a console (or create a rule in "/etc/udev/rules.d/") and, of course configure correctly "/etc/wvdial.conf". The card reader works out of the box.
Internal Drive Syquest Syjet 1.5GB EIDE USB 2.0 Suse 10.3 (32bit X86 ) Worked fine until i tried to format media. no longer mounts nor cant the media be formatted. Drive is recognized.
USB Serial Port Adapter ATEN International Co UC-232A Serial Port Adapter USB 2.0 Suse 11.X Works perfectly. Uses the pl2303 (USB to serial adaptor) driver.
Video Camera Flip Ultra HD USB 2.0 SuSE 11.3 (x86_64) Flip Share Software was not tested, but the videos were available under FLIPVIDEO/DCIM/###VIDEO. Playback was smooth.