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I'll teach you how to put rockbox, custom firmware [like the new ipods], a bootloader and 20 games onto your ipod.

Step 1: Getting the Custom Firmware

First, we need to find out if you have a 5th gen or 5.5 gen.
NOTE: this does not work on any other ipod than the ipod video. [That means shuffle, touch, nano [all], classic, chromatic and mini!]
To find this out, go to music [the menu with playlists, artists, etc.] and scroll to the very bottom.

IF YOUR IPOD HAS "Search" CLICK HERE http://dl.fdefault.com/ebsy-5g-classic-neue29.zip
IF YOUR IPOD DOES NOT HAVE "Search" CLICK HERE http://dl.fdefault.com/ebsy-55g-classic-neue29.zip

After this file has downloaded, extract the files and then download this program: http://www.getipodwizard.com/download.php?action=download&file_id=1

When that finishes downloading, extract the contents of that .zip
After extraction, navigate to the folder you extracted them to and run ipodwizard.
When ipodwizard starts, change the edit mode to firmware file and then click open firmware. navigate to where you extracted the first zip and select the .bin file. after you did this, click write to ipod. click ok on the next box, wait for it to write the firmware. when it's done, eject your ipod. it will restart itself. leave it plugged in and wait for it to finish booting. when it reconnects with the computer, eject it again and then unplug it. enjoy your new firmware!

IMPORTANT: If your iPod is missing songs and videos after you write the new firmware, put a new song in itunes and sync your ipod.

Step 2: Getting the Games

First of all, open iTunes. It will tell you a new version of the firmware is available for your ipod. Don't update. Never update. You'll lose your custom firmware and the games after we put them on.

The following step will put these games on your ipod:
Pacman
Cubis
Mini Golf
Mahjong
Tetris
Bejeweled
Solitaire
Sudoku
Zuma
Texas Hold Em
Musika
Lost
Sims Pool
Sims Bowling
Ms Pacman
Vortex
SAT Preps (2)
iQuiz

But anyways, once you opened iTunes, go to your iPod and go to the games tab. uncheck the option to sync games. it will tell you it will erase games already there, click ok and then apply [underneath sync]

enable your ipod for disk use and then click apply again.

so the next step is to download the games.
click here:http://dl.fdefault.com/Games_RO.zip
when that has finished downloading, extract the files.
navigate to where you extracted them and open the folder. inside that folder there should be "Games_RO". If you see lots of folders with numbers and letters, you're too far in; go back a folder and then right click -> copy "games_ro"

open internet explorer and type this in the address bar: letter:\ipod_control
make sure to replace "letter" with the letter your ipod is mounted at. [go to my computer and see what the letter is after your ipod.]

when you're in ipod_control, right click -> paste. it will ask you if you want to overwrite. click yes to all.

when that finishes copying, eject your ipod and enjoy your new games.

Step 3: Getting Rockbox

This part will be pretty straightforward, since rockbox has its own installer.

download this: http://download.rockbox.org/rbutil/win32/rbutilqt-v1.0.9.zip

extract the zip and run the file. it will guide you through the rest. make sure to do a complete installation.

after that's done, go to the uninstallation tab and remove the bootloader. [nothing else!]

Step 4: IPL Bootloader

We'll be installing a bootloader. Don't worry, it's not too hard.

First download the files.
loader2:http://ipodlinux.org/w/images/b/b1/Ipodloader2-2.6.tar.gz
ipodpatcher:http://download.rockbox.org/bootloader/ipod/ipodpatcher/win32/ipodpatcher.exe

please note, you'll need either 7zip or winrar for this part.
extract the contents of ipodloader2-2.6.tar.gz to c:\documents and settings\youruser
replace youruser with the account you're on now. after that, go to where you extract the files and put ipodpatcher inside the new folder

press the windows key and r until you get a popup box. now type cmd in the box and press enter.

when the black box pops up
type: cd ipodloader2-2.6
type: ipodpatcher -ab loader.bin

wait for it to do whatever and then exit the window.

eject your ipod and hold the menu+center button until it restarts.
this is like a "power off" for the apple firmware, so remember it, you'll need it again.

please note: the picture shows ipodlinux in the startup options. i won't be covering that because it takes a long time and is pretty much just a pain in the ass.

Step 5: You're Done!

that's it.
remember: have fun with your ipod and mod it the way you like!

also, i'm not responsible if you manage to screw up your ipod doing this, but throw me a message and i'll do my best to help.

Step 6: Credits

20 games - tk09 from ipodwizard.net
rockbox - fellas over at rockbox.org
iPL loader - it's a part of ipodlinux, and a tutorial can be found at their wiki http://ipodlinux.org/wiki/Main_Page
ipod custom firmware - the firmware is called ipod neue classic and credit goes to ebsy and ihackr from ipodwizard.net
<p>Looks very nice. But all of the links is not working...</p>
<p>Hey! I've seen the post and I've noticed too that the links are down... if you have the firmware, could you send it to me via email? or reupload them and share the links? Please! I'd really like to have the classic interface on my ipod 5.5g.</p>
<p>Hello my name's Jim I would appreciate an email from you including the 5 and 5.5g iPod Classic firmware. I can not find it anywhere online now that iPodWizard.net shut down. I have a few firm-wares including the Touch hack the Beautifully Black hack and the other Classic hack. I also have one that was removed a long time ago if your'e interested in it and what it is email me back and I will tell you which one I'm talking about.</p>
<p>Hi I just came across this post ! Looks neeat but the links are dead... Its prob very old... I was wondering is it a Theme on rockbox or is it a proper custom firmware of apple one. Because i got iclassic from Rockbox that looked like this one but its very buggy and i don't like rockbox. But if there is a way to have the newest interface on my old ipod i would be very interessted... Any idea @ipodmoder ?</p>
the link for the games is not longer active :(
I'd like to see an instructable on where to buy the clear face for the ipod like the one shown above and how to install/replace it.
google rapidrepair or ivue panel<br />
did you ipod have an aluminum case on ti?
How did you get your iPod to look like that?????
can you still add games that you have bought through iTUnes even if you put the game folder on there?
It removed the games I had bought when I unchecked the sync games option, but it all depends on whether you'd rather have the 20 or yours.
I only counted 19, but its just that i would like to have the iPod Classic look, but i want those games, plus the monopoly i have. Plus, with rockbox i have way more games, I just wanted to get some more games to say that i have them. Plus i have wikipedia on my cutom build of rockbox along with stardict dictionaries. And a huge amoung of GBC, GB, Nes, and SNES games for it. I think i will just stick to rockbox only if i cant get monopoly with the custom classic hac
the games are optional. you could always try it and see if they stay. i mightve screwed something up along the way. worst case scenario you have to re-sync to put your games back.
Nice ipod
and iPodLinux too
if my ipod has search is it definitely moddable? i have heard that 5g doesnt have coverflow and classic doesn't have search, but mine has both! also, is the 5g/5.5g an upgraded classic? is classic a term meaning 'the original classic'? my ipod can show video, if that helps. many thanks, s-j-whitey
If you got it between October 12, 2005 and September 12, 2006, it's guaranteed to be a 5th gen. 6th gens are the ones marketed since September 2007 as "iPod Classic". If yours has coverflow, you can't mod it at all. The firmware is encrypted and non-moddable. Yours is a classic, and is known as a 6th Gen.
i just ordered that ivue case. it's really cool
yeah it's awesome.
and i just returned it. the quality of it was crap. the holes didn't even line up.
really? mine worked fine. what do you mean by "holes"? are you talking about the part where it screws into the frame? you have to push on it a little bit and some of them dont line up exactly, but it still works good
eh screw it. they refunded my money and just told me to throw it away. the original panel just felt less crappy and fit way better. maybe i got a dud part
So with RockBox on the iPod, do you still need to use iTunes to get music and movies on there?
No, not at all. You just go into one of the menus and select scan for music. It'll go through the whole iPod in the background and add all your music. The only thing about rockbox is that videos need to be converted to MPEG/MPEGII instead of MPEG4. MPEGPlayer (rockbox's video player) doesn't take advantage of the Broadcom Video Processor in the iPod video, so the video is usually pretty chuggy. That's why I keep my Apple OS on.
that case mod is sweet
Thanks.
actually you don't need the boot loader... if you turn on the ipod and then you put it in hold it will open mac os if you only turn on the ipod ( whitout touching the hold swich) it will bring up rock box sorry about the English
I know, but I have a tri-boot, and I don't care for rockbox's way of doing things. See, if you flick the hold switch too late, rockbox detects it on boot and resets all your settings.

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