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Installation / Removal => Rockbox Utility => Topic started by: justanotherperson on February 07, 2021, 02:02:40 PM

Title: Installing on Catalina
Post by: justanotherperson on February 07, 2021, 02:02:40 PM
Hi so just found out about Rockbox and did a bit of searching and trying before signing up to ask.

So I found in another post links to a version which I can open in Catalina. The only problem is when clicking install the whole program just quits. Is this a common issue? Couldn't find much about it.

It's a 7th Gen iPod classic
Title: Re: Installing on Catalina
Post by: philden on February 07, 2021, 02:38:42 PM
My experience is that it is very difficult to install Rockbox on a 7th Gen iPod Classic using MacOS. It is very easy under Windows. You should be able to set up Windows 10 under bootcamp to to this. That is what I did, and you can just download a free Windows installer from Microsoft to do so. You don't need to buy a Windows license for sufficient functionality to install Rockbox.
Title: Re: Installing on Catalina
Post by: bluebrother on February 07, 2021, 03:07:25 PM
So I found in another post links to a version which I can open in Catalina. The only problem is when clicking install the whole program just quits. Is this a common issue? Couldn't find much about it.

Please be more specific on '"just quits". How does that look like? What are you doing to get there? It runs fine for me on Catalina, though I don't have an Ipod 7G so can't check that one.

Also, Rockbox Utility saves a trace of its internal state. After that issue appeared, start it again, go to Help / Troubleshooting / System Info, then use the "save previous" button. This will save the trace of the previous run to a file. Post the contents of the file to pastebin or similar.
Title: Re: Installing on Catalina
Post by: chris_s on February 07, 2021, 03:18:51 PM
Isn't Rockbox Utility still a 32bit-app (as of v. 1.4.0) ? On Big Sur, at least, I'm unable to launch it for that reason. Catalina also supports 64bit apps only, as far as I'm aware.

While older versions of MacOS should be able to run the app, in my experience you need to launch Contents/MacOS/RockboxUtility inside the app bundle using sudo from the Terminal (i.e. with elevated rights), as Rockbox Utility will otherwise not work as expected.
Title: Re: Installing on Catalina
Post by: chris_s on February 07, 2021, 03:22:50 PM
I see now that there's apparently a newer development build that I wasn't aware of.. sorry about that https://forums.rockbox.org/index.php/topic,53588.msg247049.html#msg247049
Title: Re: Installing on Catalina
Post by: bluebrother on February 07, 2021, 03:51:14 PM
Isn't Rockbox Utility still a 32bit-app (as of v. 1.4.0) ? On Big Sur, at least, I'm unable to launch it for that reason. Catalina also supports 64bit apps only, as far as I'm aware.

The released 1.4.0 binary is. You can build it as 64bit binary :)

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While older versions of MacOS should be able to run the app, in my  you need to launch Contents/MacOS/RockboxUtility inside the app bundle using sudo from the Terminal (i.e. with elevated rights), as Rockbox Utility will otherwise not work as expected.

This only applies for bootloader installation, and only for some players (Sansa e200 / c200, Ipods, though I don't know about the Ipod Classic). But it shouldn't "just quit" (assuming this means crash) -- if you try to install the bootloader in such a case without using sudo bootloader installation should just fail.