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Old 03-22-2007, 10:04 PM
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Exclamation Terms of Use - Instructions For Installing Themes (V3.1)

Terms of Use - Instructions For Installing Themes
These instructions are for installing already made themes. If you are trying to make a theme or simply installing regular firmware, you are in the wrong place. Themeing works only for 1.02.xx series firmware on Non-Rhapsody Players.


Terms of Use
    • original theme’s creator holds ultimate copyright for the theme itself.
    • No part of the theme can be edited or incorporated into another theme that will be publicly posted/distributed, without the original creator’s permission.
      ->The original creator(s) have the right to ask for a credit.

    • Themes posted that do not comply with these terms may be removed.
    • For copyright violation complaints, please PM a moderator.
  • Liability and Warranty Installing
    • themed firmware WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY. However factory firmware can be re-installed seamlessly .
    • Although any damage is unlikely, Anything But iPod, administrators, users, affiliates, assume no responsibility for any such damages.
    • You install a theme at your own risk.

Safety
Themes are usually very safe. Most errors are easily recoverable within a couple of minutes. To reduce the chance of a bricked player, follow the following steps. Provided you are not copying the .rom files, almost every problem is easily fixable.
  • Copy over the .mi4 file only in regular MSC data transfer mode.
  • Do not copy a .rom file unless it is absolutely necessary (upgrading from 1.02.xx to 1.03.xx firmware).
  • Safely dismount the drive prior to unplugging the cable.

Installation Instructions
Themes are usually distributed in 3 ways. These include an Image Pack (.zip file with many folders and images), a firmware dump (a single .mi4 file), and a h3Theme File (a single .h3Theme file). Please determine the type of file you have now.
  • Instructions to Load a Theme using a Image Pack (a single .zip file with lots of images and folders)
    • Unzip the image pack to a known directory.
    • Open H3Mod and direct it to open the firmware if it does not do so automatically.
    • Go to the Theme menu and select Import Images. Navigate to the image pack location. Select OK. H3Mod will now load the images.
    • Press F2 or F3 for a preview if desired.
    • Go to the File menu and pick save. The original firmware dump will be overwritten.
    • Copy the newly edited firmware file (.mi4) to the root your player (ie E:\, notice the not inside a folder aspect). Note that your player must have the USB mode set to MSC (Settings>USB Mode>MSC).
    • Safely disconnect your player. It will restart; perform a database refresh, then a firmware upgrade. It will restart again.

  • Instructions to Load a Theme using a Firmware Dump (Single .mi4 file)
    • Connect your device to your computer in MSC USB-Mode.
    • Copy the .mi4 file to your player's root directory (ie E:\, notice the not inside a folder aspect).
    • Safely disconnect your player. It will restart; perform a database refresh, then a firmware upgrade. It will restart again.
    • Note that .mi4 files may not be the most recent firmware revision, as they depend on the owner to update them.

  • Instructions to Load a Theme using a.h3Theme Pack (Single .h3Theme file)
    • To use, you must have H3Mod, the latest bookmark file, and a firmware dump (.mi4).
      - Download Unedited Firmware Here
      - Visit H3Mod's Homepage
    • Open H3Mod and direct it to open the firmware if it does not do so automatically.
    • Go to the Theme menu and select Load Pack. Navigate to the image pack location. Select OK. H3Mod will now load the images.
    • Press F2 or F3 for a preview if desired.
    • Go to the File menu and pick save. The original firmware dump will be overwritten.
    • Copy the newly edited firmware file (.mi4) to your player's root (ie E:\, notice the not inside a folder aspect). Note that your player must have the USB mode set to MSC (Settings>USB Mode>MSC).
    • Safely disconnect your player. It will restart; perform a database refresh, then a firmware upgrade. It will restart again.

Removal Instructions

Botched Installations
These are very rare. But if it does happen it can be fixed in recovery mode.
  • Turn off the player completely (Hold PWR button for 20 seconds).
  • Turn ON the HOLD Switch
  • Hold the REC button and press PWR
  • Plug the cable in when asked to do so
  • Device will say "Enter USB 2.0 Mode" or something similar. This means the device is ready. Look for a drive called "16MB-FORMAT" in your My Computer Area.
  • Copy over a new .mi4 file. Do not copy a .rom file unless changing between 1.02.xx and 1.03.xx firmware.
  • SAFELY DISMOUNT THE DRIVE
  • Disconnect the cable when safe. Device will write the new firmware to disk then restart.
Making or Posting a Theme
Refer to the How to Make Themes Thread.

Last edited by Cruleworld; 11-07-2008 at 10:40 PM. Reason: Fixing spelling errors
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