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Subject: Re: ipod photo stalls at apple logo

Re: ipod photo stalls at apple logo

From: greg matthews <>
Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 19:47:05 +0000


ok, so here's what I've done:

- downloaded the mbr for the 60GB ipod photo
- backed up the /dev/sdb2 partition at file level using rsync
- backed up /dev/sdb1 at block level using dd
- backed up the existing mbr using dd if=/dev/sdb of=ipodmbr.bin bs=512
- installed new mbr using dd if=mbr-photo60gb.bin of=/dev/sdb
  note that ipod appeared unaffected by this in that my laptop could
still mount /dev/sdb2 and see the original directories under there.
which sounds like the disk layout is pretty much unchanged by the new
- formatted /dev/sdb2 like this: sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n "Gregs ipod" /dev/sdb2
- ran RockBoxUtility using sudo
- did a complete installation of 3.9.1
  same result as before - constant apple logo on screen (occasional
flicker - attempting to reboot?)
- installed current build (r30872-111030)
  same result.
- installed archived build
  same result.

is it just not compatible with my (rather old) ipod?
can I provide any more debug info?

below is a cut and paste of the rockbox-info.txt after one of the installations:

Target: ipodcolor
Target id: 13
Target define: -DIPOD_COLOR
Memory: 32
CPU: arm
Manufacturer: ipod
Version: r30872-111030
Binary: rockbox.ipod
Binary size: 646676
Actual size: 646668
RAM usage: 1151248
Features: accessory_supply:alarm:backlight_brightness:crossfade:dircache:headphone_detection:hold_button:hotkey:lcd_bitmap:lcd_non-mono:lcd_color:morse_input:pitchscreen:quickscreen:radio:recording:recording_swcodec:recording_linein:recording_mic:rtc:serial_port:swcodec:tagcache:tc_ramcache:charging:usb_charging_enable:wheel_acceleration:lineout_poweroff:large_plugin_buffer:albumart:disk_storage:scrollwheel:usb_power:usbstack:usb_hid:usb_hid_mouse
gcc: arm-elf-eabi-gcc (GCC) 4.4.4
ld: GNU ar (GNU Binutils)
Host gcc: gcc (GCC) 4.4.4 20100630 (Red Hat 4.4.4-10)
Host system: Linux

running out of ideas...


On 30 October 2011 20:48, Michael Sparmann <> wrote:
>> my next step will be to put a new partition table on there and
>> reformat the disk. If I take a copy of all the files on /dev/sdb2 will
>> this be sufficient to restore the system to its original state or do I
>> need to do a block level copy of the whole 60GB?
> Copying the files will be sufficient to keep your data and settings.
> This doesn't include the firmware of course. Making a backup of the MBR
> and the /dev/sdb1 partition as well can't hurt.
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Greg Matthews
Received on 2011-10-31

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