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Subject: Re: Problems Installing Onto a 30GB 5.5G iPod

Re: Problems Installing Onto a 30GB 5.5G iPod

From: Lane Rovere <>
Date: Mon, 3 Dec 2007 10:26:48 -0700

i dont know, i never had any luck with the rockbox util. it always crashed
and gave me the wrong build for my 80gig. i did the manual install and it
worked the best for me. get the bootloader and the latest build for you
ipod. and read the installation walkthrough in the manual for your ipod,
which should be about the same for any player.

On Dec 2, 2007 8:04 AM, Matt Lichtenberg <> wrote:

> So, I have this iPod (5.5gen, 30GB, black, FAT32-formatted), and it's
> pretty awesome. I installed iPod Linux on it, and it ran well, except
> that MPD (the music functionality) never worked right.. oh well, no
> big deal. So I took iPod Linux off, went back to the plan Apple OS,
> and thought I'd try again with Rockbox, just for some fun.
> First, I tried using the Rockbox Utility (both on my iMac and my
> Ubuntu box, individually) to install the bootloader and Rockbox. Both
> seem to install fine, but the bootloader claims there's no '.rockbox'
> directory on the disk, when clearly there is! Well, okay, fine; I
> seem to recall reading that the iPod Linux loader could boot Rockbox,
> so I took off the Rockbox bootloader, installed Loader 2 from iPod
> Linux, and followed their directions to boot Rockbox, et voila! It
> worked! ..almost.
> The iPod booted into Rockbox (after loading for a long time at the
> logo screen.. odd), then claimed that there was no .rockbox directory
> (even though that's where rockbox.ipod was located), and that the
> 'Installation was incomplete'. Curiouser and curiouser..
> I'd like to point out that both the Rockbox bootloader and Rockbox
> itself see that there is, indeed, a hard drive in the iPod, and can
> speak with it just fine. It's just trying to do anything with said
> hard drive that it doesn't seem to like.
> I'm wondering if this is a partition issue; for example, Rockbox
> reading the firmware partition in the iPod instead of the FAT32
> partition, and getting confused. I don't know. If I'm barking up the
> right tree, maybe someone could let me know; I'll get a listing of the
> partition map and send that on.
> Back in the day, I bought an Archos FM Recorder from eBay just so I
> could use Rockbox on it, so I've been around a while. Rockbox has
> always been one of my favorite pieces of open source, and I'd love to
> get it running on this bastion of proprietary bull**** I call an MP3
> player. I love it, but the Apple/Pixo OS is so.. limited. Thanks for
> your help, folks!
> ~Matt
Received on 2007-12-03

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