Ipod Hacks

May 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm (Blogging, Tech)

Well I woke up this morning and was really bored, so I decided to look up some things on hacking the ipod, I’ve owned it for about a year now and I figured if anything happened to it, I could just buy a new hard drive and start over.

After googling I read about how you could play Gameboy games with the firmware known as “Rockbox“. Installation was easy both manually and using the installer, I did it both ways assuming I missed something when I did it manually and started over.

I was pleased with the themes they had, very nifty little things (yay can play .flac files now!) and the ammount of plugins available were great too, Jpeg viewer, Chess and GB emu. However when I booted up Pokemon Crystal (the mere thought of being able to play a pokemon game discretely at uni had my mouth watering) the emu ran really slow. Sound was skipping and the video was lagging. Such a disapointment after risking possible brickage of a 400 dollar machine. Ok ok  I only payed 100 for mine but for a poor person like me that’s alot.

Well on to uninstalling it! I read in the forums that iPod Linux was able to run GB games 100% but not GBC. Pff, a 100% working Pokemon Red beats a 80% working Pokemon Crystal any day. I loaded up the Installer because the manual assured me it would uninstall both manual and automatic installations of rockbox. DONOT believe this.

I uninstalled it with the program, popped my iPod out and restarted it. My christmas morning excitment was soon destroyed, apparently the Rockbox installer forgot one important detail. To uninstall the fucking boot loader. What the hell? How is it supposed to uninstall it when it leaves the boot loader on there? So now my iPod was determined to try and find missing Rockbox files and only gave me two options. Hard reset (Menu+Select) or Hard Disk Mode (Select+Play).

Of course to my luck enabling disk mode did not work. Awesome!

So I spent the last hour and half pissed off and trying all sorts of combinations to enable disk mode, which did involve me just holding the damn keys for 15 minutes straight, feeling the little fuck of a hard drive in the iPod spinning and grinding its way resisting my touch. Eventually I got it working though.


Reset the iPod, while it’s off switch on the Hold switch. (I was just fucking around with it at this point, after giving up completely on the damn thing I was about to start looking for my other mp3 players) Well when I switched the Hold switch on while it was resetting the iPod froze at it’s Apple logo for about 3 minutes, I still had the usb plug in it, I turn off the Hold switch and next thing I know it pops up the old fucking iPod firmware and “Do dun!” it’s detected on my PC.

Right now I’m restoring my iPod through iTunes, and will be installing iPod Linux soon. If I can play Pokemon without people looking at me weirdly then I will be happy.


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The Results Are In

May 17, 2009 at 4:48 am (Blogging, Gaming)

Well the only PC game I’ve installed since putting in the new CPU was WoW. And the FPS is much higher thankfully. For once I get 60 steady fps in Orgrimar, and I don’t drop to 1fps when I’m in shat.

I’ll probably install Team Fortress 2 and L4D tomorrow night.

A couple of months ago I bought a PS2 slim, those things are tiny compared to the fat PS2s. It’s rediculous.

I got the nostalgic feeling from playing old games that used to get me so excited. Way of the Samurai, Burnout 3, Orphen. And I’ve purchased some of the ‘newer’ older games that I never bothered with before, Tekken 5 and Shadow of the Colossus (which I fucking love). Opening up the Shadow of the Colossus box you instantly know it’s badass; only badass games have full color manuals and are printed vertically instead of horizontally.

I really loved the way they animated your character in SotC, I love the way it looks cartoony in motion yet very very realistic. He even trips when walking on certain environments. I played alot of it tonight, I’ve gotten up to #6 I think, and boy is that guy a bitch. He just spammed his head shake move for the entire duration of my grip, really pissed me off because I couldn’t move either.

Checking for boogers

Checking for boogers

Not to forget finding my old Viewtiful Joe disc; I used to adore that game, I even still have Joe’s HMD shirt in a plastic sealed bag.  Henshin a go go yeaa..

I recently discovered that there is a Way of the Samurai 3. I don’t know how I missed it, I remember pre ordering Way of the Samurai 2 and going to the store every day to check if it was in, and watching the video reviews on Gamespot while furiously masturbating out of excitement. But yeah, Way of the Samurai 3 has not been announced for NA release (same with the PSP version of Way of the Samurai). It’s unfortunate and if they don’t release it for NA and I can’t find a way to mod my 360 to play imports then I’m just going to have to buy a freaking PS3 JUST for Way of the Samurai 3. (And LBP of course)

I’ve looked at some videos of it, and it doesn’t seem like it has the instant kill like 2 had *thank god* I thought that ruined the game tbh. I always played for the ending where you take Sayo with you when you leave. Fuck yeah, I love playing as a samurai who doesn’t talk, is badass and cares for the weak. Then sometimes I’ll make the model to look like the crazy hair guy and pretend like I’m Mugin from Camploo.

Speaking of which there’s a Champloo game out for PS2. It doesn’t look great, but I honestly <3ed the series as much as I loved Cowboy Bebop. Only difference is I didn’t cry at the end of Champloo. (SPIKE NOOO!!!!)

Other games I want… Ed Edd and Eddy. Yes, it looks awful, and gameplay is probably stale but I love Ed Edd and Eddy. Also the new Batman game looks pretty badass, but I probably wont buy/rent for years. I don’t know why I’m like that now, I used to get games right away but now I get psyched for a few weeks and then forget about them for years (take SotC for example, I jizzed my pants when I played the demo from the PSUnderground mag but I never bothered to get it until today).

Interesting tidbit:

English name – Shadow of the Colossus.

Jap name – Wander and the Colossus.

Doesn’t the Japanese version of the name sound like a childrens afternoon show?

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Setting up

May 12, 2009 at 5:34 am (Blogging, Tech)

Well just finished installing everything.

Took alot longer than I had thought, it was like my first time building a PC. Slow, making lots of mistakes and trying to fit plugs where they shouldn’t go.

Took a break in the middle to see the new Star Trek movie, and it was awesome. I hope they do more with this new cast, Simon Pegg was the best as Scotty.

Back to the new CPU..

Installing windows right now, so I can’t say for performance. But the CPU fan that comes with it is freaking LOUD.

Here’s the new setup.



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May 11, 2009 at 6:07 am (Blogging)

I wanted to post something about technology; but the only thing I could think of was my new CPU.

Well it’s not actually new, I bought it over a year ago with hopes of making my own Hackintosh. But I stopped because I didn’t want to spend the money on a “good” case. So here I am with a new mobo and Intel E2220 sitting around on the floor and tonight I decided to put them to use after collecting much dust.


The intel E2220

Lately I’ve been getting trouble with FPS and problems when running programs even after reformatting I would have drastic drops in perfomance. I  can’t say for sure what the cause is, but I think replacing the mobo and CPU will help alot.

Currently my specs are..

Intel Celeron D 3.33GHz


MSI Mobo

NVIDIA GeForce 8600 GT

I’m not sure how this “Elitegroup 945GCT-M” mobo will be compared to my MSI one (I always liked MSI). But we’ll see tomorrow after I install everything.

Or rather in a few hours, I didn’t expect to be up this late.

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