Problems with new iPod and Edgy

Ed Smits ed.smits at
Wed Dec 27 13:50:21 UTC 2006

On 12/26/06, Mark Loeser <mark at> wrote:
> Ed Smits <ed.smits at> said:
> > My daughter got a brand new 4GB iPod nano for Christmas and we can't
> > get it working with her new Edgy - the system sees the iPod but
> > doesn't mount it. When I plug in either of the other 2 nanos (a 2GB
> > and a 4 GB one) here they get mounted automatically, not her new one.
> > Watching the activity in Device Manager as we plug and unplug the
> > various iPods -
> >
> > all show up under the USB EHCI Host Controller entry - SCSI Device -
> > iPod, however the new iPod is listed as "Volume (via_raid_member)"
> > whereas the 2 older ones are listed by their names as assigned to them
> > in iTunes in XP when the iPods were first initialised. The new iPod
> > has also been initialised via iTunes in the same way.
> >
> > Any ideas as to why the names isn't being properly recognized and the
> > iPod being auto-mounted?
> >
> > Cheers. Hope I get an answer soon - she returns home in a week and I
> > promised her that Ubuntu could handle it all, so far this is the only
> > sticky issue.
> Actually got the same exact iPod yesterday, and saw the same exact
> "via_raid_member" :)  I don't automatically mount all of my stuff, so
> I'm not sure about that part, but you can definitely mount it manually
> by just specifying the filesystem as well, for example:
> sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda2 /media/ipod/
> Whenever I did not specify vfat I got saw the nice "via_raid_member".
> Hope that helps somewhat,

Thanks for your manual suggestion, that at least got it manually
mounted and useable, however I'm trying to set this laptop up so that
it is easy for her to use, and getting the iPod automounted would
certainly be how we'd like it to work.

Any other ideas? I'm assuming a lot of new iPods were under the tree,
sounds like the problem is more pervasive than just in our case,
surely someone has figured out how to get it done.



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