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Subject: Re: Problem putting iPod into disc mode for RB install

Re: Problem putting iPod into disc mode for RB install

From: Jacob Rau <>
Date: Wed, 06 Sep 2006 17:15:43 -0400


I don't know hardly anything about XPlay, but from the page I found
( it
looks like if Xplay tried to install itself, it might have formatted it
for the Mac (an HFS+ filesystem that Windows doesn't know how to read)
or it might have corrupted the firmware. My guess is that the file
system is corrupt or isn't FAT32. As for what to do with it...Windows
should've mounted it as a drive even if the file system was corrupt and
you'd be able to format it. Did you have it in disk mode when Windows
detected it and Xplay tried to install itself? Maybe windows isn't
mounting it to a drive because of the file system. Also, do you use
iTunes? By default, iTunes hides the drive mapping from Explorer and My
Computer. Use the directions at to make iTunes stop
hiding the iPod drive letter in Explorer. Another problem may occur if
you are using network drives. In this case, the iPod's letter might be
taken up by a network drive and you will need to use the instructions at to change the
iPod's drive letter to stop conflicting with the network mapping.

If you need anything at all, feel free to mail the list, or me. I think
a Rockbox install issue is a Rockbox issue and definitely belongs on
this mailing list.


Mark wrote:
> hello,
> Firstly, I realise that my problem is not directly a Rockbox issue,
> more related to trying to get an iPod in a state where I can install
> Rockbox, but I'm hoping that there's someone who can help. Apologies
> for wandering off the RB theme, and if you think it's better please
> reply off-list.
> OK, I'm trying to install Rockbox on a 60GB iPod 5G.
> The problem is that when I plug it into my PC, it is not detected.
> I have spent hours trying to get it into iPod "disk mode" so that it'd
> be seen by the PC, to no avail.
> I know it was working because I had earlier today plugged it in and it
> had been detected by the PC, and also then by XPlay which then
> proceded to try to install itself on the iPod.
> subsequent disconnection and reconnection of the iPod now mean that it
> is no longer being detected by my PC.
> (One slight minor complication is that I'm blind... but that's not too
> relevant since the iPod screen is broken anyway. The rest of it was
> working fine though)
> Once it is in disk mode, I'll be fine doing the rest of the installation.
> I suspect that the probable solution will be to take it along to an
> Apple store, but I'm not sure exactly how helpful they'll be when they
> see this 5G iPod with a broken screen that won't even get to disk
> mode. I will give them a try, but if there is anyone on the list who
> has experience of trying to get a stubborn iPod into disk mode, and
> who can help then that'd be great.
> Many thanks,
> Mark
> London
> England
Received on 2006-09-06

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