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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