I formated with disc utility for the mini.On a Mac, are there any special preparations that should be done to the CF or SD card before installing it in the iPod mini?
Yes, I'm still using the gen. 2 iPod mini. I went ahead and ordered the iFlash CF-SDXC adapter and will see how it behaves with some SD cards I already have, and then will decide from there how to proceed.I formated with disc utility for the mini.
Are you still using gen 2 ipod or mini now? I cant help with gen 2 but someone else may be able to.
Hi, yep the iFlash is the best adapter, has to fit the right way round though.Yes, I'm still using the gen. 2 iPod mini. I went ahead and ordered the iFlash CF-SDXC adapter and will see how it behaves with some SD cards I already have, and then will decide from there how to proceed.
I've had that issue on and off with my own 32GB CF mini. A quick reset, holding down menu for the first few seconds of the boot seems to knock it back into functionality. No idea why it does that or why that trick works, but it's been reliably working for a few years nowHas anyone here experienced the problem, after installing a CF card, with the iPod mini displaying the "folder/exclamation point" icon?
About 4 years ago, I installed a 32GB CF card in a 2nd gen. and I had this issue whenever the iPod wakes from a deep sleep, but was able to get it to eventually snap out of it & boot normally after doing several resets (maybe 6, give or take). I've also experienced relatively infrequent freezes during playback, in which it reverts to this error icon, and takes several tries rebooting to get it to work again.
A few days ago, my iPod stopped being recognized by iTunes. I am a Mac user, and I used Disk Utility to check the iPod, and it reported "Invalid BTH length" and advised that repair was necessary. I then attempted to repair the volume, but that failed. So, I opened up the iPod and put the card in a CF card reader and was able to initialize the card. I put it back on the iPod motherboard and was able to successfully get it to restore in iTunes, but I'm still back to having to deal with the "folder/exclamation point" icon problem.
The card I have is Kingston 32GB Ultimate 266X, and in the past few days, I've tried many different approaches to erasing & reformatting the card, both in the CF card reader, and in the iPod. When trying to erase the the card with it in the iPod, I did get an interesting error message, which I'm hoping will give a clue to what's going on with the card -- it failed to erase it, stating "Unable to write to the last block of the device." I'm wondering if that in any way explains the folder/exclamation point icon.
Ultimately, I really want to go the route of the SD card & adapter as done by the original poster, but I'm a bit hung up about understanding why my existing CF card doesn't completely work, without finagling. It also makes me weary that I'd have the same problem with an SD card.
On a Mac, are there any special preparations that should be done to the CF or SD card before installing it in the iPod mini?
Kudos, made up for you, especially that you didn't give up.The iFlash CF-SD card adapter arrived a couple days ago, and as an initial test, I tried using a 32GB SDHC card I had on hand, and while it "worked," it gave me the same "folder/exclamation point" icon & associated rigamarole I described before. After all the efforts I went through before with trying to format/re-format/re-partition the CF card I had been using so far, I was feeling pretty bad about the iFlash adapter.
However, I decided to take a gamble and went to my local MicroCenter and bought the PNY 256GB SDXC card (on sale) that the original poster used, and it worked, issue-free! I'm a Mac user, but I didn't bother reformatting the card to HFS+ before installing it into the iPod. It turned on, went through the typical restore process with iTunes, and I'm now among the ranks of those with an iPod with more capacity than Apple has ever sold.
I'm curious, from an academic standpoint, why some cards work fine while others only work when you go through the multiple resets routine. I put up with it for a few years with the Kingston CF card, but it always nagged me that my iPod wasn't up to the Steve Jobs standard of "it just works." I'm glad that it does now though.
What's the best battery to install for ipod mini 6g?Those are some nice fresh mods he's doing there.....
Thanks for posting that link, one mad Russian,
even though now you got mind on more than just
what I already had going on on my end.
Now I want this capacitor/filter done to my 5.5g
motherboard with the 64mb dbfile on it. I actually
already messaged RSF to ask him if he'd like to do
an upgrade to my board for me. I told him I could
do it myself if he'd help me out a bit or I'll send
him the board for him to do himself, whichever
way works for me. But if he's comfortable doing
it himself, I'm more than happy to pay him to do it
Oh, and noodles, nice mod on the mini, that's fresh.
And yes, the mini's definitely have a nice crisp sound
to them, especially when using the dock output on it.
I like to use my ipod at work during the day.
I have a bose dock I use it on. I bought a Kokkia
30 pin dock bluetooth adapter a couple of months
ago and I simply can't get enough of it. It's a little
rough on the battery usage but no biggie, there's
always a plug around to charge her back up.
I'm using a 900Mah battery in it, but with it being
modded to a 256gb SSD and using bluetooth along
with it, I guess I can say I'm pretty happy at getting
10-12 hours worth of play on one charge.
Not too shabby anyways.
I also have another mod I just completed this past week
after I received my SSD adapter boards I ordered from Tarkan.
It's a 7.5G Ipod Classic 256GB mod. (I could have went
the 512GB or 1TB route, but opted for the 256gb for
the time being with this one.)
I did this mod with a gold faceplate, red clickwheel,
gold center button, thick gold U2 back plate, a 7.5G
motherboard (7th gen thin 160gb board), a Tarkan
SSD iFlash adapter, Samsung PM851 256GB SSD,
and lastly a 1900mah battery, (which is why I went
with the thick back plate with this one. With this
battery it's a tight fit, but pretty much a perfect
fit at that.)
Here's some pics, let me know what you all think of it...
======..........sorry to hijack this thread - some people have asked me about the clickwheel mod .. here's the how-to
1) remove the 4 rear clickwheel screws, and disassemble as much as you can without pulling apart any glued components ... put both black and white glued-together clickwheel assemblies in a small container of methylated spirits for 1/2 an hour ... isopropyl alcohol would also probably work ... this will loosen the glue used to attach the plastics to the circuit board which tracks the finger movements ..............
Not a particularly useful response - but this is cool!Well finally finished my Mini upgrade. Currently have over 15,000 tracks on it and only using my db file is only at 28.5MB. Getting an average of at least 20 hours straight play time.
1 Used 2G iPod Mini 4GB
1 Tarkan CF-SDXC Adapter
1 PNY 256GB SDXC
1 Custom made 256GB 1G iPod Mini housing
This thread inspired me. I found a working Mini 2nd gen on eBay for $25, ordered the iFlash CF-SD adapter, a 256GB Lexar Pro 633x UHS-I SDXC card, and a 1300mAh Insten battery from GadgetMenders.
Surgery only took about 30 minutes. The hot glue trick for removing the end caps didn’t work for me, so I had to pry them off with a screwdriver. Only suffered minimal damage, but I’d buy an iSesamo tool if I had to start over from scratch. My snap ring pliers were too big so I carefully pried out the bottom retaining clip with a tiny screwdriver. Only real damage was to my thumb. A little super glue fixed that though.
Once it went all back together, it worked flawlessly. Copying songs was considerably faster, though still not as fast as my iPhone. Can’t comment on battery life yet but seems proper so far. No overnight drain or anything weird.
HOWEVER today it started behaving quite odd. When I’d press buttons the screen would go blank until I let off the buttons. It seemed to be pressure related because when it happened, it happened even with the hold switch on. This issue came and went at random. Then it started skipping over songs. When I plugged it into my computer, iTunes said it couldn’t communicate with it, and it quickly went downhill. iTunes stopped even recognizing it, Finder quickly stopped recognizing it, and it wouldn’t even charge when plugged in, or just freeze up completely. Disk mode didn’t work.
I took it apart and examined the inside. Nothing had come loose that I could see. Diagnostics didn’t really tell me anything, and I didn’t know what to look for anyhow.
While using it with the click wheel dangling free, it did that blank screen thing a couple times when squeezing a button. It occurred to me that something was probably touching where it shouldn’t.
Thnakfully, my Windows Bootcamp was able to read and restore the iPod. When I put it back together, I used a bit of gorilla tape to secure the iFlash adapter to the PCB so it doesn’t flop, and I put some masking tape on the back side of the click wheel. Now it feels more secure in the housing and is once again copying my library over as I type. Hopefully this was just a fluke and the masking tape solved whatever that shorting problem might have been.
If not, I’ve got a broken Classic that I’ll bite the bullet and try to open without destroying it or myself.
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