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Old 05-31-2004, 11:25 PM   #16
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finaly got it to work, so if anyone else wants to hear about it, let me know.
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I am really struggling. Please could someone give me a step by step guide to getting the ipod up and unning on MDk.
Cheers. An absolute beginner.
Old 10-02-2004, 11:05 AM   #18
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what is it to edit phiz?
Old 11-24-2004, 01:47 PM   #19
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I think your problem is that your Ipod is formatted with the apple filesystem. For linux to work, you need to convert to a windows filesystem. You might not want to do this if you don't have a windows computer with iTunes, because if something goes wrong, you need iTunes to restore it. You will need PC fdisk, which is most likely installed already

first off:
You may want to back up your iTunes DB:
cp /mnt/****/iPod_Control/iTunes/iTunesDB /mnt/ipod/iPod_Control/iTunes/iTunesDB.bak **** = the directory where your ipod is mounted

Now, back up your firmware:
dd if=/dev/sda2 of=backup_firmware ****you may need to change /dev/sda2 if your ipod is labeled as a different device

Next, begin fdisk (this will erase ALL data)

pc-fdisk /dev/sda [start fdisk]

Command (m for help): n [make new partition]
Command action
e extended
p primary partition (1-4)
p we want primary
Partition number (1-4): 1
First cylinder (1-608, default 1): [just press enter]
Using default value 1
Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (1-608, default 608): +32M [32M is the default for 1.x iPods]

Command (m for help): n
Command action
e extended
p primary partition (1-4)
Partition number (1-4): 2
First cylinder (6-608, default 6): 6 [Just use the default value, press ENTER (don't worry if it isn't 6)]
Using default value 6
Last cylinder or +size or +sizeM or +sizeK (6-608, default 608): [press ENTER]
Using default value 608 [If you don't own a 5gb iPod, this value will be different, don't care about it]

Command (m for help): t [Modify type]
Partition number (1-4): 1
Hex code (type L to list codes): 0 [we don't care about the warning below]
Type 0 means free space to many systems
(but not to Linux). Having partitions of
type 0 is probably unwise. You can delete
a partition using the `d' command.
Changed system type of partition 1 to 0 (Empty)

Command (m for help): t
Partition number (1-4): 2 [this is where data will go]
Hex code (type L to list codes): b [b=FAT32]
Changed system type of partition 2 to b (Win95 FAT32)

Command (m for help): w [Writing new partition. Can take a while.]
The partition table has been altered!

Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Syncing disks.

Now, rewrite the firmware:
dd if=backup_firmware of=/dev/sda1 <== sda1 if you are mounted under USB

Good Luck!
Old 11-27-2004, 03:41 PM   #20
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Here is a step by step guide for gtkpod. Was made for Fedora but I just followed it using Mandrake 10.1 Official, first gen 20g iPod and firewire. She works! Start at step 7 on the guide, after installing gtkpod off your installation disks. Only thing I found that deviated from this guide is my iPod showed up as sdb2 rather than the authors sda2. So just pay attention as to what your iPod registers as at step 8b and adjust accordingly.


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