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Subject: Re: iPod Nano 2Gen, changing firmware ?

Re: iPod Nano 2Gen, changing firmware ?

From: Michael Sparmann <>
Date: Sun, 13 Mar 2011 01:44:02 +0100

Am 12.03.2011 19:40, schrieb DD petterson:
> Previously i remember to boot in to Rockbox on the original iPod Nano, i
> just used menu+select for a hard reset to boot in to Rockbox, with
> “hold” switch activated. And for the Apple Firmware i left “Hold” untouched.
I'm pretty sure that it was the other way round. Or at least it is for
the Nano 2G. So you need to engage the hold switch if you want to boot
the apple firmware.

> I’ve noticed twice that when the FW crashes which it has it seems unable
> to boot in to rockbox, leaving my only option to reinstall using the
> Rockbox utillity. And now, it’s only booting in to rockbox, and i seem
> unable to select the Apple firmware.
When which firmware crashes?
If the apple firmware crashes, this should behave similar to a
menu+select reboot, so if the hold switch is not enabled, it should boot
into Rockbox.
If Rockbox crashes, it will usually just lock up and need a menu+select
reset, after which the usual hold switch logic will apply.

> What is the correct procedure to boot in to Rockbox, and how do i access
> the Apple Firmware as i need to ?
Another way to trigger booting of the apple firmware is holding the menu
button during boot. If that works, but the hold switch doesn't, it might
be possible that the hold switch is faulty (which seems to happen from
time to time on this generation).

> Anyways, great work on the iPod Nano build. I’m considering buying a
> iPod Classic for the Classic build, as i’m borrowing this Nano for
> testing purposes. Hope someone figures out more about the Classic.
Rockbox works mostly fine on the iPod Classic, but currently there are a
few drawbacks:
- A lot shorter battery life than with the apple firmware (expect like
8-15 hours, depending on how you use it).
- Slower USB transfer speed than with the apple firmware (like 5 to 15
MB/s depending on the hard drive model).
- Occasional crashes
- Complicated installation procedure
- No dualboot support yet (you need to uninstall Rockbox to access the
apple firmware again)
- No disk mode yet => considerable risk of semi-bricking, which is
recoverable, but even more complicated than the installation process.

I hope to get the installation and dualboot related problems sorted out
during the next months, but it will probably take several months or
years until the battery life will be on par with the apple firmware.


Received on 2011-03-13

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