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Installation / Removal => Rockbox Utility => Topic started by: DeeGee68 on March 04, 2017, 05:46:53 AM

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Post by: DeeGee68 on March 04, 2017, 05:46:53 AM
Hi ALL!

I recently found out about being able to upgrade the iPod hard drives with SSD ones and bigger capacities so decided to purchase one already with the modified 256GB SSD already installed.
I found a seller on eBay who was able to custom build the iPod to my specification and so researched the models available. I decided on an Apple iPod 256GB 5th Generation 5.5 Wolfson DAC SDXC Enhanced SSD with a bigger battery.

My Model number is MA147LL  (if this helps)

I have never used third party software with my previous iPods so am very worried about getting it wrong. I have been looking at the posts on here and am getting more confused than when I first thought about installing Rockbox. I have seen the disclaimer posted prior to the installation guides and this has made me even more concerned about getting it wrong.

I have a new MacBook Pro 2017 and would like to get advice that I can understand with regards to installing Rockbox on my iPod using my Mac ( I do have access to a Windows laptop but have not used one since XP!!!!). If there is someone who can guide me step by step that would be great!!!!

Please let me know what I need to do to start things off....

ATB!

David
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: saratoga on March 04, 2017, 10:36:27 AM
There are instructions in the manual, however, devices modded with flash storage often have compatibility problems with rockbox, so you may be stuck with the apple firmware regardless.
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: DeeGee68 on March 04, 2017, 02:02:51 PM
Thanks for the heads up!
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: cereal_killer on March 04, 2017, 02:13:03 PM
I have a 5.5G iPod with a 256GB ZIF SSD installed and everything works fine. If you have a mSATA SSD installed you may encounter heat issues during file transfer due to high power consumption. I never use the apple firmware. Installation of Rockbox using the Rockbox Utility was super easy. So if you follow the manual the installation process is easy.
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: DeeGee68 on March 16, 2017, 06:18:02 AM
I have a 5.5G iPod with a 256GB ZIF SSD installed and everything works fine. If you have a mSATA SSD installed you may encounter heat issues during file transfer due to high power consumption. I never use the apple firmware. Installation of Rockbox using the Rockbox Utility was super easy. So if you follow the manual the installation process is easy.

Hi thanks for this and sorry for the delay replying. I bought an iPod 5th generation with 256GB micro SDXC card (Sandisk) in a flash adaptor. I tried to follow the installation process but it would not allow the installation of Rockbox?

I get the following message;

Progress window with the following

"could not open iPod: permission denied"
"could not open iPod: permission denied"
"could not open iPod: permission denied"

** I have been able to install
Rockbox firmware and Fonts only!!!!

It will not allow me to install Bootloader!!!!!



 I have a MacBook Pro 2016 and downloaded the Mac OS version. I am unsure if maybe my SSD card is not compatible? I have emailed the installer to find out if he may be able to shed any light on any 'software' installed on the sod but I have done a restore with iTunes and it works with their software.
I feel like a dog with a bone and would really like to resolve this if it kills me (LOL)

I only bought the iPod as wanted uncompressed music files as I am an audiophile and like the idea of having most of my music on tap.

Regards,

David
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: saratoga on March 16, 2017, 12:37:31 PM
Permission denied means that the installer didn't have permission from the OS to install. On windows this means you need to run as administrator, and on Linux as root or Sudo. I'm not sure what the OSX equivalent is however. Maybe sudo?
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Post by: DeeGee68 on March 16, 2017, 03:28:38 PM
Permission denied means that the installer didn't have permission from the OS to install. On windows this means you need to run as administrator, and on Linux as root or Sudo. I'm not sure what the OSX equivalent is however. Maybe sudo?

Hi Saratoga,

I was on the phone with Apple tech support and we tried to resolve this issue with my logging on as 'root' user. Unfortunately, we could not get it to install. However, we were able to install the main rock box firmware and fonts. We just could not get it to install the boot loader?

I only sought the help of Apple tech support as I am not really a tech person and he was able to talk/remote sync with my MacBook. He did say that if I get any replies as to how to install the boot loader he would be more than happy to help me....

Fingers crossed Someone has had this issue and will be able to post instructions on what I/we need to do.....lol

Regards,

David
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: saratoga on March 16, 2017, 05:49:46 PM
You should describe what you tried and what happened in a little more detail.
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Post by: DeeGee68 on March 17, 2017, 01:19:04 PM
Finally saw a post where another member had my problem installing Rockbox. I noted he was advised to install the Rockbox software using a Windows machine but FIRSTLY restoring the iPod using iTunes on said Windows machine. I followed what they did and it took...........30 seconds after restoring the iPod using Windows!!! As I have previously mentioned, I am not a tech person and on reading some of the more technical posts get very confused to say the least, especially when acronyms are used.

I am at this moment in time adding my music files and have tested a few before trying to transfer most of my music library. I am hoping that I can adjust the font on the iPod to a larger size as my eyes are struggling to read some of the information on the tiny screen...lol

Thanks to everyone who has been patient and posted replies to help me. I am hoping to make full use of this software once I get to grips with it.

Regards,

David  8)
Title: Re: Thank you for letting me join this forum - Not technically minded...LOL
Post by: DeeGee68 on March 19, 2017, 07:50:06 AM
Hi ALL!

I'm back after finally sorting through what music I wanted on my iPod (did not test any of the music files added.....) I just plugged in my headphones and pressed play and.... the selected song plays (all music in FLAC format) but after exactly 5 seconds it skips to the next track and does it with every song in my music folder/s?

I have also had a look at my database and it says 'Database is not ready Initialize now

Yes
No

I have not touched this yet as not sure if I should....?
My files play on my MacBook when the iPod is connected and it sees it as a hard drive (iPod not in Disk mode)

I connected my iPod in the first instance without being in disk mode and created a folder called MUSIC which I dragged and dropped into all the music I wanted. I tested the music files after they had been copied whilst still connected to the MacBook and they all played fine using VOX.

I have the Rockbox build 3.13 as this was stable and was automatically chosen before install using a Windows pc.

I will try to delete ALL music in said MUSIC folder and re-add the music files once again but wonder if I am making a mistake using this process?

(By the way my music never sounded so good albeit for 5 seconds but hopefully once the above is resolved I will never go back to using anything else for my music!!)

Thanks in advance for any help and assistance with the above. (I do feel very uncomfortable when posting my problems on here as my knowledge is non-existent when it comes to things like this but hope to remedy this the more I use my particular brand of player.....LOL

ATB!

David