iPod photo with Ubuntu

Paul Schulz pschulz01 at gmail.com
Mon Mar 28 09:15:02 UTC 2005


The problem described in the previous email was 
also an issue when using the iPod Photo under
Debian (testing).

I have found a work-around which seems to do the trick,
not ideal, but it works for getting large files on and 
off the iPod.

- Connect the ipod photo 
  (under Ubunto, unmount the automounted filesystem)

- Put the iPod into disk mode


  Hold down 'Menu' and 'Action' (middle button) to 
  reboot iPod, hold down 'Back' (<<) and 'Action'
  during the reboot process to get to diagnostic mode.
  Scroll down and select 'Diskmode' 
  For more details see:

- Under Debian the disk can now be mounted 
  (after # insmod usb-storage)
  # mount /dev/sda2 /mnt/sda2

-- Use as disk --

- Unmount with 
  # umount /dev/sda2

On Thu, 10 Mar 2005 17:37:31 +1030, Paul Schulz <pschulz01 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Greetings,
> Does anyone have an iPod Photo (60Gb) and sucessfully used it with Ubuntu.
> (I'm currently using Warth Warthog).
> Things OK using Ubuntu.
> - Mounting - Automatically detected and mounted as /media/sda2
> (Windows version of IPod)
> - Browsing - Can created subdirectories and browse from the desktop.
> - gtkpod - OK, but very easy to delete all file. (Sync to 'nothing').
> - Repartitioning and reformatting. I have been able to repartition the iPod
>  into '/dev/sda1', '/dev/sda2' and '/dev/sda3' and sucessfully put an
> ext3 filesystem
>  on the third partition.
>  (I have since reverted to factory default configuraton, using
> Apples' iPod update tool
>  under windows.)
> Problems:
> - What I try and transfer a large file (iso image) the transfer will
> lockup as about 30s
>   to 1 minute into the transfer.
>  It 'feels' like the IPod itself has a timeout. As the linux transfer hangs.
>  Transferring large files to other external USB drives on the same machine work
>  without a problem. (Large ISO's)
>  (This problem occured with both the vfat filesystem (default) and
> the ext3 filesystem.)
>  After this lockup has occured, the iPod is no longer mounted/unmounted
>  by the desktop, when the USB is unplugged and re-inserted.
> Any comments welcome.
> I have 1 serivce call available to Apple which runs out end of March.
> Any suggestions on what I should ask them?
> Regards, Paul

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