By building your own iPod, you get full customization of ALL parts and you get the bragging rights and tech experience from building it. You can change anything, from a clear front panel, to a high capacity hard drive. I built mine to save some $$$ and to show off to my friends.
P.S. : I built this like three years ago, during the summer, so I might have some steps mixed up.
P.P.S : I just made this new account b/c i did not like my other one, so moving all my pictures and stuff was part of the delay
Step 1: Tools
The tools needed are:
-Small soft-pry tool
-Large soft-pry tool
-Micro Phillips screw driver
Step 2: IPod Parts
These come in two colors, white and black. I chose neither. I went to rapid repair and ordered an iVue clear panel so it would look cooler.
These come in silver only. On ebay they let you chose the hard-drive capacity to be engraved on the back(30, 60, or 80 gb). This part is best ordered from ebay pre-assembled with the headphone jack, hold button, and battery already put into place.
Headphone jack, hold button, and battery:
I recommend that you order these pre-attached to the back panel, because other wise there will be some soldering involved, which I won't really be going into.
This comes in black or white. Pretty simple. Unless of course, you order an iVue panel so the button and clickwheel are clear. I show how to install that later.
This was the second most expensive part for me. I ordered a 30 gb toshiba from ebay at the lowest price I could find with free shipping(shipping is usually outrageous). If the hard drive does not include the rubber sides and foam padding, you will have to order that separately. Also, if it does not come with the ribbon cable, you will also have to order that seperately
This holds the motherboard, screen, front panel, and clickwheel in place. Just a piece of metal.
If you did not order the back panel, battery, hold switch, and headphone jack together, then you will need to order the ten pack of screws for the ipod classic/video. If you ordered the back portion assembled, then just order the six pack on ebay.
Coil spacers/rubber bumpers:
These little pieces of rubber are best ordered from idemigods. They have a lot of the other parts there as well, so check it out if you can't find a specific part.
This was the most expensive part for me, and it is also the one you have to be the most careful with. It is very susceptible to electric static shock, so always wear the anti-static wristband when handling.(Unless you live in a moist climate, like Houston, where static electricity is hard to come by.)
This part is pretty self-explanatory, just be careful not to get fingerprints on it, or scratch it before you can get it into the ipod.
Step 3: Assemble the Front Frame
Step 4: Add and Assemble the Harddrive.
Step 5: Attaching the Back Panel.(part 1)
Step 6: Attaching the Back Panel.(part 2)
Step 7: Turning It On
Step 8: Getting the Required Software
Step 9: Setting Up the Ipod, and Installing the Bootloader.
Extract your rockbox.zip to the root directory of the ipod. Once the extraction is complete, you should have a .rockbox folder in your root directory.
Now run iPodPatcher. Assuming you only have 1 ipod attached to the computer, you should be able to just hit 'i' then the enter key.
That is pretty much it. Rockbox is now installed.
Step 10: Booting Into Rockbox
Step 11: Playing Old Gameboy Games
Go download the ROMs you want to play. This is illegal if you do not own the actual cartridge, but that probably will not stop you.
If you download a file named like 'game.rom' rename it so that its name is either 'game.gb' or 'game.gbc'. It is very important that the file extension is either .gb or .gbc . To open one of your games, take your ipod, select Files > gbc(or whatever you named the folder) > ROM you want to play. Below are the basic controls, and if there is an *, that means you just rest your finger on the button, but do not press it:
Up - menu*
Down - Pause-Play*
Left - Left*
Right - Right*
A - Select
Start - bottom right corner*
Select - bottom left corner*
B - click left or right