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Old 05-08-2005, 02:35 PM   #1
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I/O error with 4th gen iPod

I just bought an iPod, and I was following the steps listed in the FAQ here. I formatted it on a Windows machine, and plugged it into my PC, but it won't mount. It says "mount: /dev/sda: can't read superblock" and quits with an error. Any idea how to fix this?

EDIT: Here's what dmesg gives me.

usb 4-5: USB disconnect, address 8
usb 4-3: new high speed USB device using address 9
scsi4 : SCSI emulation for USB Mass Storage devices
  Vendor: Apple     Model: iPod              Rev: 1.62
  Type:   Direct-Access                      ANSI SCSI revision: 02
sda: Spinning up disk......ready
SCSI device sda: 39063024 512-byte hdwr sectors (20000 MB)
sda: Write Protect is off
sda: Mode Sense: 64 00 00 08
sda: assuming drive cache: write through
 /dev/scsi/host4/bus0/target0/lun0:end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 39063016
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 4882877
end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 39063016
Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 4882877
 p1 p2
Attached scsi removable disk sda at scsi4, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
USB Mass Storage device found at 9
end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
FAT: unable to read boot sector

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Old 05-08-2005, 04:16 PM   #2
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Looks like it's the same as this:

A kernel recompile may be in order.

Old 05-09-2005, 12:22 AM   #3
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Thanks, I got it working with my Knoppix cd from what I read in the topic! I'll try recompiling my kernel tomorrow based on those instructions and see how it goes.


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