How to Synchronize Zune With Linux

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How to Synchronize Zune With Linux
A workaround can let you sync your Zune with Linux. (notebook computer image by Lisa Eastman from

Microsoft's Zune MP3 player has compatibility issues with operating systems outside of Windows, such as Linux and Mac's OSX/Snow Leopard. To bypass these compatibility issues, you can download a program called "VMware" that emulates a Windows operating system on Linux or OSX. This bypasses the issues with Zune synchronisation for Linux, except for one problem: VMware only supports USB 1.1 ports while most modern PCs support USB 2.0. To bypass this, you have to manually enable your computer's support for USB 1.1.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Internet connection

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  1. 1

    Download VMware from their website. The software is free.

  2. 2

    Open the desired operating system you wish to emulate within VMware. Save the recently downloaded program to your desktop to find it easier.

  3. 3

    Access the console within your Linux operating system, then type and enter "sudo rmmod ehci_hcd" without quote marks. Doing this will disable your USB 2.0 compatibility and switch it to USB 1.1.

  4. 4

    Plug the Zune into the computer. Doing this after enabling USB 1.1 will allow the Zune to synchronise at an appropriate speed -- doing so with USB 2.0 will cause system errors or just leave the program hanging unresponsive.

  5. 5

    Re-enable USB 2.0 when the synchronisation is finished. Re-enter your console and type "sudo modprobe ehci_hcd." This will allow your computer to recognise the standard USB connections again.

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