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Subject: Re: A 60GB 4G/Color iPod!!!

Re: A 60GB 4G/Color iPod!!!

From: Robert Anderson <>
Date: Wed, 4 Oct 2006 15:40:30 -0700

On 10/4/06, Mark <> wrote:
> Some of you might have read my previous email on the problems I was having
> installing Rockbox on a 5G Video iPod.
> A symptom of the problem was the bootpartition file read by ipodpatcher
> was
> only 40MB, when it should have been 112MB for a 5G Video iPod.
> And it definitely was a 5G iPod because it had a 60GB hard drive, and I
> bought it from the Apple store.
> Well, I said "definitely", and I'm one of those people who gets suspicious
> when I hear other folks saying words like that... so I thought I'd
> investigate further.
> One of the reasons for my suspicion was that the iPod in question was
> actually a refurbished iPod bought from the Apple store as a trade-in for
> a
> damaged 5G iPod. I was told that it was a 5G iPod though, but it seemed
> like ipodpatcher was telling me something else.
> To cut to the chase, I've installed the Rockbox boot loader and firmware
> for
> the 4G/Color iPod, simply based on the fact that the size of the
> bootpartition from ipodpatcher matched this model.
> And guess what !
> Rockbox works now!
> So, it appears that I have an Apple-sourced 60GB 4G/Color iPod!
> Anyway, that's good news for me, but I wonder if the installation WIKI
> and/or manuals ought to at least mention the fact that hard drive size is
> *not* necessarily the correct way to determine the correct iPod model.
> Given that my assumption was based on the output from the ipodpatcher,
> might
> it be possible to modify ipodpatcher to display the "real" correct iPod
> model, based on bootpartition size and probably some other data? I know
> this might seem like a fairly rare situation, but with the ever increasing
> number of iPod models, I reckon this might be a problem that might
> increase
> as Apple tries to offload 'old' refurbished 5G models.
> Mark
Dude, that's a bummer. I would return it to Apple, or at least ask for a
real 5G ipod to replace it.

Rob Anderson
Received on 2006-10-05

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