Introduction: How to Get All GBC Games (and DOOM) on Your IPod With Rockbox!

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Ever wanted to spiff up your iPod? Wanted cooler features....? Follow this instructable!

Also: Bear with me, I'm only 13 and this is my first instructable, please comment if this helped you :D

Step 1: Getting RockBox

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First you need something to play the game right? Nobody can hope to beam DOOM right onto their ipod right? Thought so.

1. So first determine what ipod you have (you already know that, don't you?)

2. With the name of your iPod fresh in your mind, go to and find that very iPod from the list.

3. Click on it (hardest step!)

5. You should now be downloading rockbox.........

Step 2: Installing RockBox

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Now you can't just up and put RockBox on your iPod either, well you can, but it won't get you very far. What you need is the iPod Patcher to make it so RockBox is what your iPod Boots.

1. Download the ipod patcher at

1a. If it does not work go to the manual, then click online under the picture, it will bring to the manual. Go to installation, and find the link to the Ipod Patcher.

2. Plug in your iPod, go to iTunes, then click enable disk use on your ipod.

3. Run IpodPatcher.exe (the thing you JUST downloaded)

4. Type I, then enter.

5. Congrats, when it tells you you can close it, close it, now it time to put on RockBox

Step 3: Installing RockBox Cont'd

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Ok this is the easy part......

1. Extract the entire RockBox folder to somewhere, (ex. your desktop)

2. Open up My Computer

3. Double click on the thing that says something like: Ipod, or (Your Name Here)'s Ipod.

4. Move the entire RockBox folder into the root folder of your iPod, for example, if your Ipod is H:\ then it would be in H:\.rockbox.

5. Your done installing rockbox! But theres some extra work to be done to playing games

NOTE: If you want to boot your regular iPod Firmware, hold menu and the center button until it shuts off, when the apple logo reappears switch the hold button on. It will take a minute, but then you will be greeted by the familiar white and blue of the original iPod.

Basic RockBox info

To quit out of most games, press menu and select, if its a rom, switch it to hold and back.

Step 4: GBC Games

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You can play any GBC and GB game you want on your iPod!

OK so first...

1. Create a Folder called GBC games in the root folder of your iPod (H:\ or something similar). This folder will be used to store your games (duh).

2. Get a ROM. I know theres controversy over this, but, if you own the actual game cartridge you CAN download ROMS of the internet, but if you do not own it, it is illegal. The other ways are usually expensive so if your trying to keep it cheap, thats your only option.

3. Once you get the ROM, rename its file extension (ROM) to .gb or .gnc (gb for gameboy, gbc for game boy color

4. Place that file into your GBC folder.

Now to play the games, go to the main RockBox page, then go up to files, click GBC games, then click the game.

Ok the controls are icky, but you can learn to manage.


Up - menu, just gently put your finger on it, AND DON'T PRESS DOWN

Down - Pause-Play same thing as menu

Left - Left, same thing

Right - Right, same thing

A - Select

Start - this is where it really gets icky, put your finger on the bottom right corner

Select - put finger in the bottom left

B - click left or right

Step 5: Getting Doom to Work

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Ok, you now need to get the WAD (Where's All the Data?) file for doom, a quick google search gave me this but if, when you read this, it is no longer available, just search for doom1.wad

1.Create a folder in your .rockbox folder called doom

2. Move the downloaded doom1 into that folder.

3. Now Doom should work! If it does not, you did something wrong, post a comment and I'll see if I can help.

Step 6: Playing Doom and Other Notes

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Unfortunatly, Doom does not handle brilliantly on the ipod, there is simply too many controls. For example, you can't move backwords.


Menu - Forward

Right - Turn Right

Left - Turn Left

Select button - Change Weapon

Pause - Shoot

Hold - Menu


Ok, you got DOOM to work (hopefully) but if you want to play doom 2, find doom2.wad (LEGALLY) and place it in the same folder as doom1.

TO GET OTHER WADS WORKING and have many great add on WADS, to get these to work however, you need to create a new folder in your doom folder called addons. Place any add on WADS in here.

To play DOOM 2: Go to doom, then go up to GAME, and change it to DOOM 2

TO play add ons: Go to add ons and select the wad file, but make sure you have already changed it to the game (Doom 1 or Doom 2) that the wad is for, or else you'll get a crash error.

Step 7: Themes for RockBox

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You deserve a little present for sticking with me through this whole tutorial, so I'll teach you how to get new themes (yay!)

1. Go to

2. Go to your iPod

3. Find a theme you like (Make sure it says any daily build, since most other builds are hard to come by) Then click on the thumbnail to download it.

You will get a .rockbox folder

4. To install the theme: Open up your ipod so your in the root directory, where IpodControl and .rockbox is. Drag the new .rockbox folder you download into the root folder. Click Yes to all to the message that pops up.

6. On your iPod, go to Settings, Theme settings, Browse themes, click the theme, then go to .wps and do the same.

7. Woo! A brand new look!


ZAHN_1 (author)2017-10-27

Does anyone know how to run DOOM on a sandisk sansa clip v1? ive seen it all over youtube but all the instructions, links, etc. are all in russian. Please help if anyone knows!! Thanks!

Heavy-MatIll (author)2010-02-08

url is wrong, try instead

maxpower49 (author)2009-01-21

does it have 2 b ipod viedo

compguy248 (author)maxpower492009-12-20

No, there is a list of compatible iPods/mp3 players at

thekid (author)2009-07-21

Hey does any one know if this will work with GBA games?

compguy248 (author)thekid2009-12-20

Nope, only GB and GBC for now.

crabsintrees (author)2009-10-01

Hey, is there RockBox for iPod Nano 4th Generation?

dkfa (author)2009-08-13

Will this work with the Sansa e200? Will I be able to run doom and GBA roms?

058810383 (author)2008-12-16

Hello. I have a question. Does anyone know how to make the game file actually be able to save. if you do, please reply.

froggyman (author)0588103832009-04-10

toggle the hold switch and a save menu should appear

juicy2000 (author)2009-01-13

i did it and it says base wad missing. im using a 30gb ipod video. everything else works fine. thanks for the instructable. oh and by the way when i installed rockbox it took off all my music and photos but one song.

xxbradenxx (author)juicy20002009-03-13 have to put a level on your doom file so go to my link and pick both of the file links and put them in your doom file.

I3uckwheat (author)2008-06-30

whare is a good place to download roms

nmoore92 (author)I3uckwheat2008-12-09 is the absolute safest, i think

Brother_D (author)I3uckwheat2008-11-20

The best I've found is

kbsmevin (author)I3uckwheat2008-07-05

a good place to dowmload roms is rom

cormac3050 (author)kbsmevin2008-07-29

or or

edfel01 (author)2008-11-08

it says no ipod found ensure its in disk mode and connect ipod its in enables disk if thats wat it means any help?

bakedleaf (author)edfel012008-11-17

Okay explain to me what you need and I'll try to help you through it.

edfel01 (author)bakedleaf2008-11-18

i just found out that my ipod wont work with rockbox which is dissapointing since i spent 3 hours trying to get it to work and i reallly wanted that doodle background. But i really liked this instructable. wen i get a new ipod ill be visiting again.

edfel01 (author)2008-11-08

wow im a little disappointed like i said i did something wrong. i cant find the theme sttings thing i looked in setting but it wasnt there. after u make the folders and such what do u do then do u save it or just take out ipod and it will be there? need lots o help And on putting the theme on i accidentally skipped a step what do u mean root folder and all that? ill try experimenting i suppose help ASAP plz.

edfel01 (author)2008-11-08

freaken sweet im not that old so i probaly did something wrong but ill figure out in moment. +5 to bad ratings dont go any higher. I'll leave another emssage if it dosnt work.

I3uckwheat (author)2008-07-06

isnt that gross stuff =P (yuck)

kbsmevin (author)I3uckwheat2008-07-06

unfortunately(sp) no. =P but some are in languages i do not yet understand. lol

so i uploaded the doom1.wad and put it in the doom folder yet it still doesnt work.

kbsmevin (author)2008-07-05

never mind i fixed the problem. all i have to say is well done! 1+ X infinity! you da man =]

adamthiede (author)2008-04-30

where'd you get this XP theme? Looks cool... or is it just vista?

Tomcat94 (author)2008-03-31

I have pokemon yellow and tetris DX on my Ipod now, but the music is laggy and kinda weird. Can you help, or is it just like that?

bakedleaf (author)Tomcat942008-04-10

There's not much you can do, unless you want to try iPodlinux and use iBoy, which is a better gameboy emulator

schmellyfart (author)2008-04-03

You can also download a doom WAD from the Rockbox site itself

gamer (author)2008-03-26

damn, on the site it says it works for sansa e260 v1, i have sansa e260 v2 :(. oh well...

bakedleaf (author)gamer2008-03-27

Don't worry, they should have one soon, In the mean time I would try the v2 on the sansa, if something goes wrong, use the patcher again and use uninstall.

gamer (author)bakedleaf2008-03-28

unfortunately, it doesnt even wanna work :( what do you mean try the v2, does that mean there is a rockbox version for v2 sansa?

gamer (author)gamer2008-03-28

im gonna try to install it from ubuntu, because it doesnt work in windows...

Phantomn (author)2008-03-25

Alternately you could use the automated installer, which runs the bootloader for you and puts the .rockbox file on your ipod.
It can be found at this does it all for you. =]

bakedleaf (author)Phantomn2008-03-25

Yea You can also do this, I just chose this way since thats not 'finished' and could still have bugs. I had no problems with it but I don't want to be responsible for breaking someones iPod :P

GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-25

Awesome! Mannnnnn, I want a new iPod so bad...

snipegoat (author)2008-03-25

will it actually save game data (like for pokemon), and can you do this for a zune also. please and thank you

bakedleaf (author)snipegoat2008-03-25

it will save the game, save the game in pokemon, then it will create an autosave for the rom, so yea. And no there is no build for the Zune yet

joejoerowley (author)2008-03-24

Nice Instructable! Well Done! Good alternative the standard ipod linux.

bakedleaf (author)joejoerowley2008-03-24

Thanks! Any suggestions on what I should do better in my next one? I have a whole bunch of ideas but I don't know they'll be well received.

joejoerowley (author)bakedleaf2008-03-24

Just go for it. If it is really weird just PM (personal message) me and I will left you know how i think it will go.

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