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Subject: Re: 5.5G iPod shutdown confusing the boot code?

Re: 5.5G iPod shutdown confusing the boot code?

From: Dave Woyciesjes <>
Date: Wed, 04 Mar 2009 09:47:32 -0500

        Well, my iPod wouldn't start up this morning. I've been using it in
iPod/iTunes mode for the past week+, without issue. This morning, had to
give it the 2finger to get it going. When it finally started up, there
was a quick flash before the Apple logo, but I couldn't catch of it was
a low battery symbol. When it came all the way up, I did notice the
battery was only at 50% charge. Which is very odd, since I didn't use it
off charger for any length of time yesterday. It should've been at least
        Looking at the Last Played timestamp in iTunes shows what I expected.
Nothing was played between 5:38 pm yesterday & 8:04 am today...
        Seems like it didn't properly go to sleep last night.

Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
> David Hall wrote:
>> Dave Woyciesjes wrote:
>>> I'm also wondering if this is related to the iPod being formatted
>>> FAT32. My iPod never gave me this kind of trouble until I had
>>> reformatted on Windows iTunes to load Rockbox...
>> Two things pop to mind:
>> 1 - The low battery symbol pops up w/o a disk spinup.
> When it happened to me, I didn't catch any low battery symbol. I'm
> not saying it didn't happen, I just didn't see it on my screen when it
> finally did power up. Of course, I did have it plugged in to a charger
> at those times. Next time I won't have it on a charger, to see...
>> 2 - This happened to me when using the original firmware.
> The only times I remember it happening is when I had Rockbox on the
> iPod, in addition to the Apple firmware that gets loaded when I did the
> Restore in iTunes v8 on Windows Vista Enterprise.
> Rockbox was then dropped on using a Windows XP Pro Sp2 machine.
> Rockbox Stable v3.1 & current r20102-090225.
>> I think the assumption that this is not uncommon behavior even with the
>> original firmware is well founded, as there:
>> A - are reports of this happening to people who have never used Rockbox.
>> B - is sound logic to the statement "bootloader problems are more likely
>> to be seen the more often you use the bootloader" Active Rockbox users
>> engage the bootloader possibly multiple times per day. Active Apple OS
>> users rarely _if ever_ engage the bootloader.
> Agreed.
>> The only question, in my mind, is "does Rockbox increase the likelihood
>> this bug is triggered?"
>> This would be a time-consuming question to answer.
> In my case, I would say yes, because of point B above. Before
> Rockbox, I rarely kicked it over.
> But another possibility, (I'm not a programmer but...) I presume the
> firmware files are different for FAT32 and HFS, so I'm curious which way
> the iPods are formatted when users experience this issue...
> Again, time consuming question...

--- Dave Woyciesjes
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 From here to there,
Funny things
are everywhere."
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Received on 2009-03-04

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