Wednesday, 7 January 2009

How To Get Samsung YP-S5 Working With Linux

Time to spend my Christmas money!
So the other day I went out and brought a Samsung YP-S5. I'm not going to go too much in the device, (follow the link to find a review and the specifications on it) but this has to be one of the most amazing MP3 players available. Built in speaker, bluetooth, games, the lot. -Pfft to iPods!

Samsung YP-K5I had the old YP-K5, and I remember when I went to put all my music onto it, I had to upgrade the firmware as Linux didn't recognize the device. Now there are a number of ways in which you can download, install, tweak around with settings etc. to mount the MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) file system. If you have all the needed applications etc. then you can still follow this guide.

I found the easiest way was to use... *looks over shoulder* ....Windows.
So, to start off, make sure that you have backed up all the data that you want to keep.
then, download the file on this site:

Once installed, extract the ROM and the DAT file to the root of the MP3 drive.
Now disconnect form your PC, and turn on your YP-S5. It will display a message telling you that it is updating the firmware. Once finished, the device should turn itself off. Turn it back on, and all should work well!

- Apart form one thing, the language is set to Korean by default. No biggie here, as the main menu are images. Navigate to the Settings menu, and look for the language option. This is where they have been nice to us non-Korean speaking people, as they have the English translation next to the Korean language option (How kind :). Once switched over to English, have a play around with the new features that you have!

To find out about the extra features that you now have, please visit the following link:

You can now plug in your Samsung YP-S5 into your Ubuntu system, and mount it how you would normally do for a USB stick. If you have any problems with upgrading the firmware, please leave a comment below. Many people that have upgraded their firmware say that they have had a problem, and just repeated the above steps again, and reported back saying it worked... If you have no luck with that, please do not hesitate to contact me!


  1. I want to buy a docking station for for my yp-s5 ab/xsp mp3 player

  2. Another (easier) way to make it work is to download the gMTP software, and manage the MP3 content from it

  3. Hello Florian Faucher please tell me more about the gMPT software , where can i find it , i would like to change the alarm tone ,
    thank you