Adventures In Computing

January 14, 2009

Banshee and iPod Re-Revisited And 64bit Computing

Filed under: 64bit, Banshee, MSI Wind, Ubuntu, Ubuntu 64bit — Normand Bissonnette @ 5:02 pm

The continuing situation I have with my iPod and Banshee 1.4.1 in Ubuntu 8.10 seems to be only related to the 64bit version of Ubuntu 8.10. The last time I mentioned my iPod, I said that gtkpod worked on my MSI Wind which runs 32bit Ubuntu, I decided to try Banshee with the ‘pod. The last time I used Banshee with my iPod I lost all the music I had on the ‘pod, when I decide to try Banshee on the Wind, I had an intuition that it would work and I am glad I did since my intuition proved to be right. The problem we have is not with Banshee but with a 64bit package.

I am pig headed, for those of you who don’t know me, when I have set my mind on something it is very hard to get me to change my mind. I want to use Banshee as my music manager because I like alot of its features, but if I can’t use it or gtkpod to manage my iPod what is the use of it or what is the use of a 64bit operating system if some of the utilities do not work in it? When I upgraded to Ubuntu 8.10 in October I went with the 64bit version on all the computers that had 64bit capabilities. I knew that it would only improve the speed on certain utilities but if a computer has a 64bit CPU I said to myself that I should go with the 64bit OS. Apparently I made the wrong choice. Is there any other packages that do not work properly in the 64bit edition of Ubuntu?

I am thinking of doing a fresh install of Ubuntu on my main computer, the laptop. This time I would go with the 32 bit version. I might do the easiest thing and wait for Jaunty to be released in April before I do anything drastic. Only time will tell.

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