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Subject: Installation on ipod mini 1st generation (linux distro)

Installation on ipod mini 1st generation (linux distro)

From: Stephan Lindner <>
Date: Wed, 29 Jul 2009 23:34:01 -0400

Dear all,

I'm trying to install rockbox on a ipod mini 1st generation. I have
both tried automatic and manual installation, and they seem to work,
but in both cases I receive the following error message when rebooting
the ipod:

        Can't find rockbox.ipod

I read from the instructions that a likely cause is that the
bootloader cannot find the firmware. I have installed the firmware to
the root of the player's drive (i.e. the /mnt/usb in my case), so I
don't get why the bootloader won't find the firmware. Any ideas would
be greatly appreciated.

ipodpatcher shows the following information

[INFO] Scanning disk devices...
[INFO] Ipod found - 1st Generation Mini ("winpod") - /dev/sdb
[INFO] Reading partition table from /dev/sdb
[INFO] Sector size is 512 bytes
[INFO] Part Start Sector End Sector Size (MB) Type
[INFO] 0 63 80324 39.2 Empty (0x00)
[INFO] 1 80325 7999486 3866.8 W95 FAT32 (0x0b)
[INFO] Ipod model: 1st Generation Mini ("winpod")

The only odd thing to me is the mounting part -- I have not explicitly
mounted the device, and cannot unmount it (umount /mnt/usb --> no such
device mounted).

Thanks a lot!


Stephan Lindner
University of Michigan
Received on 2009-07-30

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