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IPOD (ALL MODELS) iFlash Adapter Issues [SOLVED!?]

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I tried the latest dev firmware in my olde iPod 3rd Gen--the one where the controls light up,I don't recall the model number-- with (I think) the same green pcb, black connector Chinese-junk IDE-to-CF adapter with Sandisk 128GB (in SD adapter) and it works! Built a large database, played a few songs...seems fine. I might look into fixing up this iPod now with a new battery and replace the failing screen.

So to summarize my test results (all using Sandisk 128GB uSD, except iPod 5G which has a now rare Sandisk 128GB CF):
iPod Photo with "Super Talent"  1.8" SSD works, which is no surprise.
iPod 4G greyscale with el cheapo chinese green board IDE-CF doesn't work.
iPod 5G Video works with Tarkan iFlash CF (I bought it a long time ago, when CF was still easier to get.)

iPod 3G works with (I think) the same Chinese green board IDE-CF that didn't work in 4G greyscale.
Edit: (10/3/2022): there is still something wrong as rockbox started rebooting constantly on my ipod 3G. I'm guessing something got corrupted in the .rockbox folder. There is no error message.

I'm all outta iPods to test. btw, I didn't bother to test my iPod minis which all work fine with rb 3.15. Is there any big benefit to upgrade the mini to latest bleeding edge?

FWIW, I had constant freezing/panics on my flash modded 3rd Gen.
I made the following changes in /firmware/export/config/ipod3g.h and then built from source:

--- Code: ---Before: #define HAVE_DISK_STORAGE
After:  #define HAVE_FLASH_STORAGE

Before: #define HAVE_ATA_POWER_OFF
After:  //#define HAVE_ATA_POWER_OFF

--- End code ---

It's been trouble-free ever since. I can attach my built zip for someone else with a 3rd Gen if that's allowed.
Edit: Attached, hope it helps someone.
iPod 3G Flash:
(By request, untested) iPod Mini 2G Flash:

@jasonwray its allowed -- encouraged even


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