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This tutorial is a excellent walkthrough to fix a bricked iPod. By bricked, I indicate beyond repairing with the windows iPod restore resource. Quite easy to comply with and a lifesaver. It says its for the mini, but it can be utilised to deal with any kind of iPod. This process requires using a Linux Boot Cd, an iPod Mini (4GB), and a local Harddisk! It was tested with a buddies nuked iPod Mini. You will need to follow these directions Particularly. If you are anxious about erasing your own nearby Laptop Harddisk in the course of action, consider it out and use an additional disk or use a take a look at-Personal computer you may well have and so forth.. this approach really should only contact your nearby High definition for Studying, but if you make a typo you could accidently write the ipod firmware to your possess neighborhood Hd and that would render your Personal computer Ineffective! Ok!? I also hope I wrote this up right.. I have re-examine it a few occasions! Also, I guess this method goes versus your guarantee or somein. This process has been tested with iPod Mini 4GB WINDOWS edition making use of USB link, Knoppix Live Cd v3.four, Windows 2000 SP4, Pentium three-500 Laptop. Observe! - This approach has been examined making use of a USB connection, I have not viewed the firewire connection and as a result most of this doc would be irrelevant for that connection variety! Note! - The MAC iPod Mini is marginally distinct (disk framework is 3 partitions rather of 2), and because I have not even observed a Mac iPod none of the beneath applies to a Mac iPod! Be aware! - This method has been examined with a 4GB iPod Mini. More substantial dimensions Mini's ought to also perform given that we are not specifying a measurement for the 2nd partition, but that is untested Ok!. Have Entertaining! Difficulty iPod seems nuked, only exhibits folder icon and ! on its LCD and is unmountable underneath windows? (managing iPod Updater just does nothing - does not even detect the product as an ipod!) This is very likely because of to finish loss of Harddisk boot sector, construction and areas. Fundamentals iPod construction (WINDOWS iPod Mini edition) Hard Disk (4GB) - Partition 1 32MB for Running Technique - Partition two 4GB (4161536MB?) for Person Information (FAT32 file system) Boot sequence (?) Arm ARM7TDMI CPU init - Execute ROM init and code - Boots Hd Boot Sector - Boots High definition Partition one (Running System, Arm code) - Technique Up! Requirements - iPod Mini (tested 4GB Uk model) - iPod Updater software program (examined 2005-03-23) - Resource Hacker system (v3.four.) - Knoppix Stay Compact disk Linux v3.four or later on (other Linux versions would abviously function, I guess you need kernel 2.4.x, dd, mkfs.x, fdisk and many others) - .. adventurer's spirit hey! The Procedure First of all, you need to extract the firmware binary file out of the iPod Updater application. Use Resource Hacker underneath Windows, open up the iPod Updater exe file, open the Agency folder. Now you need to have to open up the IDR_FIRMWARE-three.two.five folder, and then choose the 1033 file. Now extract this resource as a binary file to someplace on your community Hd (eg cmini325.bin). Shutdown windows. Flip off Pc. Plug in your iPod Mini. (examined USB relationship) Boot your Computer system from your Knoppix Linux Dwell Compact disk. When Linux is up and booted, it must have mounted your local High definition, possibly as hda1. I would mount it manually anyways! Open up a Final session, get into root user with "su -", you need to have Knoppixroot$ (or one thing like that). Mount your regional Hd Make a regional mount level directory (the place you will entry your regional High definition) mkdir /mnt/localhd Mount your regional Hd (NTFS drives, windows xp, 2000 etcetera) mount -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/localhd Mount your regional High definition (FAT32 drives, windows 98, me) mount -t vfat /dev/hda1 /mnt/localhd Do a directory listing to test contents of your neighborhood Hd compact disc /mnt/localhd ls -la You ought to see "mini325.bin", your ipod mini firmware! (or the file you referred to as it!) Of study course, if you stored the firmware on a slave Hd, you need to have to mount that as a substitute. In the finish of the day you need access to the firmware binary file. Prepare Your iPod Mini Your iPod Mini need to have attached as a fake scsi device /dev/sda. To check out this, "much more /dev/sda" really should show it is there. (CtrlC to quit moreing) Now we need to have to get ready the disk stucture on the iPod fdisk /dev/sda Use "p" to print out the existing disk composition, it must be blank! no partitions! (if there are partitions then you are in unchartered terriroty and most likely really should delete them all - untested!) Now we need to have to make two new partitions, one particular for the boot area, 1 for the consumer data. Stick to precisely explanations are in curly brackets, do not sort these set up 1st partition, 32 MB in measurement n p 1 32M setup 2nd partition, the rest of the hard disk n p 2 adjust sort of partition one to , no format t one modify kind of partition two to b, ie FAT32 t two b present partition layout, really should be two partitions now p write partition layout to the iPod w quit fdisk back to command prompt once comprehensive q You must now be back to the good ol' Knoppixroot$ prompt. (or related!) Format Partition two From the command prompt mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n "name" /dev/sda2 This will format the 2nd partition of the iPod, and give it a volume title "identify". Right after this you are returned to the command prompt Knoppixroot$ etc. Publish Firmware to Partition one From the command prompt dd if/mnt/localhd/mini325.bin of/dev/sda1 This will produce the input file mini325.bin from your localhd mount to the first partition of the ipod mini (the partition for the operating technique). This may possibly take a handful of moments, you will be returned to the command prompt when complete! Mount your iPod beneath Linux Out of curiosity, mount the 2nd partition of your iPod to check out it is okay! mkdir /mnt/myipod mount -t vfat /dev/sda2 /mnt/myipod cd /mnt/myipod ls -la There should be no information, but it ought to mount okay like any other fat32 disk! Shutdown Linux and turn off your Laptop! Unplug your iPod Mini from your Pc. Swap the iPod on, it should demand you to plug into your mains electricity supply! Plug in energy, swap energy on, iPod will boot up like any other booting laptop or computer, finish with loading progress bar and display screen refresh . Right after this, you really should be equipped to select language and use your iPod once more! Following up - ditch i-tunes simply because it is a bit of a demon and use Anapod or Gnupod or anything and get pleasure from your iPod as you should! Freee... Thank heavens for Linux eh!! and thank heavens for people striving to stick linux their pods, reading up on that is the place I figured all this stuff out. Forgotten Credits - these men did all the difficult work - Alan Donovan, Pedro Diaz. Without having them this would not have been so effortless! Thats all individuals..! iPodFixed

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