HowTo: Install Rockbox on the iPod Classics

HowTo: Install Rockbox on the iPod Classics

There is a new version of this guide, updated to show the new bootloader and Rockbox utility method of installing.
Read here -> iPod 6g Classic Rockbox Installation

Introduction

Thanks to some ongoing work by one of the EmCore developers (Thank you TheSeven!!). We have a development version which is working great on my iFlash boards – this includes CF, SD and mSata cards.

Installation is a two part process. First part we replace the Apple OS with EmCore and once that is running we install Rockbox.

You can get more info about emCore and Rockbox at these links.

One great side effect of installing EmCore / Rockbox, is it removes the silly 128Gb LBA28 limits of the Apple OS for 6g (80Gb,160Gb,120Gb) owners.

Be warned you are making low level changes to your iPod – so read this warning and disclaimer, understand the risks before proceedings :-
http://www.freemyipod.org/wiki/EmCORE_Installation

Installation

  1. You read the disclaimer and warning above?!?!?!? No crying if it goes wrong.
  2. Download the latest development build files here :-  ClassicRockbox.
  3. Extract the archive to a convenient place, so you should have a folder called ClassicRockbox.
  4. If you have iTunes installed, hit ctrl + alt + del and start task manager. In task manager goto the Processes tab and click on show processes from all users. Then right click on these processes and select kill process tree :- iPodService.exe , iTunesHelper.exe , AppleMovileDeviceService.exe .
  5. Connect your iPod to the computer.
  6. Hold down Menu + Select, for around 5 to 10 seconds – keep holding until it stops resetting and the iPod looks like it has died – screen should be blank and no backlight.
  7. Wait a moment for the computer to install the iPod device recovery driver.
  8. In the folder ClassicRockbox, double click bootstrap_ipodclassic_itunes.exe.
  9. A UMSBoot drive should appear. Drag and drop the installer-ipodclassic.ubi file in to the UMSboot drive.
  10. Now safe eject the UMSboot drive.
  11. EmCore should now boot up on the iPod and finish installing itself.
  12. Select Rockbox and that will start the fallback Rockbox image on EmCore.
  13. Rockbox should start and enter USB mode, wait for the iPod to appear on your computer.
  14. Once the iPod drive appears, drag and drop the .rockbox folder to the iPod.
  15. Safely eject the iPod and remove the USB lead.

Remember this is a development version – so leave a comment let me know how it is working for you…. especially the storage cards you are using….

Task Manager Kill Processes

Kill all the iTunes related processes before connecting iPod.

Get iPod in to DFU Mode

Get iPod in to DFU Mode

Run Boot Loader Exe

Run Boot Loader Exe, UMSboot drive should appear.

Copy UBI file

Copy UBI file to UMSboot drive and safely eject.

EmCore Install

emCore will install itself by flashing the iPod

Copy RockBox Folder

Copy .rockbox Folder to iPodClassic drive.

iPod 6g Loaded

Finally load up lots of music, like I have (PNY 256Gb SDXC)

Rockbox info screen

Rockbox info screen (PNY 256Gb SDXC)

 

163 thoughts on “HowTo: Install Rockbox on the iPod Classics

  1. Support Post author

    @Quinn – If you had corrruption before, then you need to start fresh as the filesystem is corrupt – restore using iTunes, then install Rockbox, and then make sure to only use the Apple USB Handler when transfering.

    Also to confirm that the writes are ok – you can run something like H2Testw to the iPod ‘drive’ to check that the data can be read back with no errors.

  2. quinn

    @support
    SO i copied my music while it was booted into ipod os and rebooted into rockbox, when i go to select a song/songs it starts then immediately ends and goes back to the selection screen. the music file are fine or at least should be cause there fine on my desktop. i dont know if it matters but im currently using the most recent build of rock box stable

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