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Old 04-11-2007, 03:11 PM   #1
solidus-river
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Manual linux firmware setup for ipod 3rd generation 15 gig


Hey, i recently got an ipod, the problem is that i reformated the drive through windows to fat32, so although it is still an ipod, no program will recognize it as such including ipods factory restore utility and itunes. I know the hardware is fine on it.

I sae ipod linux, the problem is that thier installer will only install if it see's the apple firmware already present, i want to install it manually, hopefully making the ipod workable again.

Can anyone provide me with tips on this?

any help would be much appreciated,
if there is a way anyone can send me a dd backup of thier 3rd generation ipod it would be much apreciated as well, my g-mail e-mail is fuag155555

thanks for reading.

peace,
Michael
 
Old 04-11-2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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Which partition did you format? The first partition has the firmware, and the second has the data.

If you only formatted the data partition, you just need to run gtkpod, and select menu File->Create Ipod's Directories. Reboot the iPod, and you should be back in business.

If you formatted the first partition, you will need to extract the firmware file from the Apple Updater. Once you've done that, you can dd the firmware to the iPod. For example:

dd if=firmware of=/dev/sda1

The detailed instructions for doing this are here.
 
Old 04-11-2007, 04:16 PM   #3
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thnx, I can't find the firmware files around anymore, apple changed all thier links so you have to use iTunes to get a firmware file, and i wiped out the partition table on it as well, so now its just a big partition. :\

EDIT: i created a 4 cylynder partition at the front of the drive and formated the rest with

mkdosfs -F 32 -S 2048 /dev/sda2

I need firmware vesion 2.2.X, but there doesn't seem to be a way to get it anymore..

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Old 04-11-2007, 05:27 PM   #4
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It's been a while since I had last done this, and it looks like Apple has integrated the firmware updater with iTunes. I haven't found any newer instructions for updating firmware with Linux using iTunes 7, but I have found reports that the new firmware breaks compatibility with Linux software.

As a result, you'll need to find someone with the same model of iPod, and have them extract the firmware for you:

dd if=/dev/sda1 of=iPod.firmware

Alternatively, you'll need to have someone with a Mac or Windows machine install iTunes and update your iPod.

Apple is really annoying me these days. I had considered buying a Mac for Linux because I like the hardware, but they are just working on my last nerve.
 
  


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