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The ipod in question is a 5th gen Ipod Video that has a cracked screen. Considering it can't be used as an ipod, I thought I'd be able to make more use of it through removable storage. I have tried to install ubuntu using the windows installer after reformatting the ipod to blank fat32 and blank ntfs, to no avail. I am going to try installing it with the ipod's original OS on the drive when I get a chance.

The first strange thing that I noticed was that after rebooting from the windows installer and selecting ubuntu, ubuntu would fail to boot once or twice, with the bios giving me an error I haven't recorded, then I'd have to hit F12 again at startup and it would boot ubuntu's installation process without a hitch.

I was able to get to the point where the installer had started actually installing ubuntu onto the ipod after booting from it, only to have it hang while copying files and then totally crash. I didn't have a way to save the error messages that came up but I'll update this thread with any further results of experimentation. I don't believe there's something wrong with the hard drive itself, as I've run windows's disk check utility on it multiple times without any errors being shown.

Something else I'd like to know. I plan on installing windows xp alongside ubuntu on this ipod, if possible. Is it necessary to partition the drive to do that, or can both operating systems run on the same partition?

To finish, I have some conjecture about why this problem could be occurring. Do I absolutely have to disconnect my internal hard drive for the bootloader to be installed correctly? Is the ubuntu installation wizard not detecting the bootloader in the ipod and crashing as a result, because it's in the hard drive which isn't running while I'm doing this? I ask because even after uninstalling the failed installation of ubuntu and disconnecting the ipod I noticed that ubuntu would still be listed as a bootable option in startup.
03-11-2013, 07:29 PM
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