Rockbox mail archiveSubject: RE: Ipod problems
RE: Ipod problems
From: Rob Powell <rob_at_rinty.plus.com>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2006 01:40:45 +0100
Hi Anna, and thanks very much. I've read Brian's stuff, and indeed it's
good, and I wrote and told him so earlier. He also says on his site how
much help you've been.
Thanks very much for the description of the keys, that really helps, it's
as you say, the formatting issue that's really stumping me up to now. I
can't say I ever expected to be grateful for all the time I spent working on
DOS command prompts, but then we never know...
Thanks very much for the help,
From: rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se [mailto:rockbox-bounces_at_cool.haxx.se] On
Behalf Of Woody Anna Dresner
Sent: 20 June 2006 01:25
Subject: Re: Ipod problems
I can't help with everything, but I can help a little.
A good place to find the relevant Rockbox links, including descriptions of
doing some things from a blind person's perspective, is Brian Hartgen's
Portable Players Portal at
I am blind as well and am using a 2GB iPod Nano. If yours works anything
like mine, you control the click wheel by moving your finger around the
edge, and there are also controls at the top, bottom, left and right which
you access by pressing down on the wheel. The bottom is play/pause, also
used to power down the unit by holding for 4 seconds. The top is Menu; in
Rockbox it goes to the main menu, and in iTunes, it is a back button. The
left is previous/rewind when playing tracks, and backs you up through
Rockbox menus. The right side does the opposite. The middle is Select,
used a lot like an Enter key. On the Nano, Rockbox uses the click wheel, so
I imagine it will on yours as well.
The site for downloading the latest Apple firmware is
I'm sure that's going to need to be loaded and functioning before you can
load Rockbox software. To use Rockbox, you install a bootloader - a program
that lets you choose between running the Apple and Rockbox firmware. I
don't know what you should do if the iPod is formatted for a Mac; you might
search the Apple site for that. You need to get the iPod into a Windows
format and have the Apple firmware running before you can install Rockbox.
Good luck with what sounds like a frustrating problem.
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