Problems with new iPod and Edgy

Ed Smits ed.smits at
Wed Dec 27 14:41:56 UTC 2006

More on the new iPod problem outlined below, maybe this might help.
Unfortunately I'm out of my league here...

1) when I do "sudo mount -t vfat /dev/sda2 /media/ipod/" the iPod is
mounted, however Amarok reports that the user doesn't have permission
to connect to the iPod. I've tried various combinations of options to
give her permission when mounting, haven't yet figured it out,
although that's my stupidity and I assume I'll figure that out

2) I added "/dev/sda2 /media/ipod vfat  user,noauto     0       0" to
her fstab, connected the iPod. It mounted fine, but then a few minutes
later the system recognises the iPod a second time (This time
correctly, as an "Apple iPod Music Player"), so now we have 2 iPod
system connected, at which point neither one works - the Apple one
can't be mounted (dmesg says unrecognised file system), the ipod one
says it's already mounted.


On 12/27/06, Ed Smits <ed.smits at> wrote:
> 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.
> Cheers
> ED

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