How to Run a Linux Distro on a Computer From an Ipod Comment Plz First One Posted




Introduction: How to Run a Linux Distro on a Computer From an Ipod Comment Plz First One Posted

i put a popular distro. of Linux on my old ipod and ran it on my computer kinda cool
WARNING!!!!!!!!!:THIS WILL DESTROY ALL DATA ON YOUR IPOD but remember the ipod can be reset using i tunes

i made a video i didnt have time to take all of the pictures sorry watch the video first
i will up date this soon

Step 1: Stuff U Need

the stuff you will need for this is:

1. old 5g ipod that you dont use for music
2. a live CD with ubuntu
3. computer
4. a little time

Step 2: Get the Software

first go to:
this is the latest release
then go to:
to get the ISO recorder

Step 3:

after all of that is done downloading
open and install the ISO recorder
then open your ubuntu download
it should open up in the ISO recorder
click next

Step 4: Boot the Live Cd

Go into the BIOS and set your PC to boot on the cd drive.To check this, restart your computer. When it starts up, you will have to hit a key in order to enter the BIOS configuration screen. Usually it will say on screen to Hit key to enter Setup. Watch for this. If you cant see it anywhere, I have listed the following BIOS config keys for some computers.

Acer: - Ctrl+Alt+Esc
ALR PC: (F2) or (Ctrl)(Alt)Esc)
AMI BIOS: (Del), (F1) or (F2)
AST, Advantage, Award, Tandon: - Ctrl + Alt + Esc
Award BIOS: (Del) or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)
Compaq: (F10) (do this when the cursor is in the upper right corner of the screen blinking)
Dell: - F1 or Del.
Dell: - Some require pressing reset twice
Dell: - Ctrl + Alt + Enter
Gateway 2000: - F1
Hewlett Packard: - F1
" Older Models - In order to get into the configuration of the IBM setup screen (CMOS) screen you need to hold down both mouse buttons during bootup.
" Aptiva - Press F1
" IBM PS/2: (Ctrl)(Alt)(Ins) after (Ctrl)(Alt)(Del)
" IBM PS/2 with reference partition: - Press Ins during boot
" Some PS/2s, such as 75 and 90: - Ctrl Alt ?
" Some PS/2s when pointer at top right of screen: - Ctrl + Ins
NEC: - F2
Packard Bell: - F1 or F2
Phoenix BIOS: (F1), (F2), or (Ctrl)(Alt)(Esc)
Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl Alt S
Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl S
Phoenix BIOS: - Ctrl Alt Ins
Sharp Laptop 9020: - F2
Sony: (F3) while you are starting the PC, then (F2) or (F1)
Tandon computers: - Hold down the key after turning on power
Tandon: - Ctrl + Shift + Esc
Toshiba Laptops: - Toshiba Utility
Toshiba: - Press Esc during boot
Toshiba, Phoenix, late model PS/1 Value Point and 330s: - Press F1 during boot
Olivetti PC Pro: - Shift Ctrl Alt + Num Pad Del
Miscellaneous PC's: - Ctrl + Esc or Ctrl and Alt and +
Zenith: - Ctrl Alt Ins

PC is set in BIOS to boot from CD

Step 5: Ubuntu Menu

you will get a menu after the cd loads

you can either load linux and try it or install it either way just follow the setup
very easy to understand

if you need any more help email me @ :

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    12 years ago

    This is a great Instructable, but you need to add a main image of the final project to the intro step. Please do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks!


    12 years ago on Introduction

    it would be good if you changed the title and used better pics


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    i would have put more pics in it but i wasnt planing on posting it to instructables and i had already mad ea video for another site so i just posted it. Also what would you suggest i change the title to


    Reply 10 years ago on Introduction

    hahahah wow i have looked at this in like a year ... this ipod is a wallet now


    12 years ago on Introduction

    Nice instructable. I thought of doing this some time ago but i read that using the iPods HDD to boot is a nice way of killing the HDD because of the frequent read/write...(much more often than if it were used as just a music player)? What are your thoughts on this? How has your iPod coped since doing this?


    Reply 12 years ago on Introduction

    well i use the ipod for ubuntu for about 2 months and then i put hackintosh on it and thats seems to run a little better but i dont know why. the ipod i used had rockbox and iPodLinux on it for about 2 years and it didnt have any trouble with the extra reading but i dont know how long it will last with a full os like leopard 10.5.6 on it but i update you if i have any problems