Linux on Sony Vaio - Connecting an iPod
Note: This is a preliminary version of this document. I’ve not fully verified that the stuff in here works.
The Sony SRX87 has a 4-pin Firewire (IEEE1394 or Sony i.Link) port on the side. Next to it is the power connector for the DVD-ROM drive. However, the connector can be used by itself for connecting other firewire devices.
I decided to connect my iPod to it. I don’t currently have any software for transferring to or from the iPod, but getting it to appear as a SCSI block device would be a good start.
You’ll need to configure your kernel with the following options:
I don’t know if it’ll be needed, but I also turned on SCSI generic support. Once you’ve compiled (and rebooted with) your new kernel, you should be able to, as root:
These are the same modules commands used for the firewire DVD-ROM drive. To check that your iPod was recognised, you can:
The parts in bold are what you’re looking for. You should also be able to (as root):
This can take a while, so press Ctrl+C after a short time.
fdisk doesn’t recognise Mac partitions, so the
cat /proc/partitions is to confirm that the disk has been recognised. You should be able to repeat the
dd command from above for each partition.
- tex9 – iPod software (formerly xtunes) for Linux.