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Promises Made, Promises Broken

Plugging my 5th generation 30GB iPod into the computer caused Music Manager (Amarok) to open, but unfortunately it didn’t recognize my iPod as a viable device. My daughter’s iPod Nano caused Music Manager to crash. Once I got Music Manager working again, it didn’t recognize the Nano, either. The FAQ on the Xandros web site suggests installing iTunes in the event that your iPod doesn’t work, but iTunes didn’t even flinch when I plugged the iPod in. I think separate iPod software is needed for Windows but it’s not listed in CrossOver.

I plugged our Sony Cyber Shot in, but Photo Manager didn’t recognize the camera. However, it was easy enough to import the images contained on its memory stick.

I was able to watch AVIs and other non-protected video, but encrypted DVDs are a problem unless you’re willing to install extra software, potentially breaking some copyright laws in the process.

What about NTFS read/write support? WordPad crashed when I tried to open the DOC I copied to the Windows NTFS drive. Sometimes you just don’t read the fine print and instead jump in with both feet. I learned that you can’t save a file to an NTFS directory that contains spaces, like "My Documents," which is why I tried to copy a saved DOC from the local Xandros drive to the C: drive in the first place. Doing a Save As from OpenOffice.org Write had mixed results, with compatibility warning messages being displayed each time. The files I saved as RTF and Microsoft Word 97/2000/XP opened fine, while the Microsoft Word 6.0 file was just a series of blocks when opened in WordPad. Whatever you do, don’t use an NTFS drive as your primary save drive for documents.

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