*This is part one of an ongoing tutorial (just one step at a time *Pt.2 can be found here - http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/2/323431#1894044 [update 02-04-06] *Pt.3 can be found here - http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/5/323431#1933588 [update 15-04-06] *Pt.4 can be found here - http://forums.afterdawn.com/thread_view.cfm/7/323431#1982024 [update 02-05-05][bold](*Rockbox*)[/bold] There are many guides providing different information on how to go about hacking & customizing the iPod, so my aim in creating this thread is to hopefully simplify the methods in order for you to gain a better understanding. It is also a chance for you to put forward modding suggestions & tips. The method of modding which I most prefer to practice is arguably the simplest and safest way to do so. [bold]INTRODUCTION[/bold] iPod Wizard is a great program allowing you to change themes, fonts and graphics, and can be very rewarding as long as the process is done correctly. It allows you to modify the settings on iPod firmware using the Updater, and subequently implement them onto your iPod. I am going to give a tutorial here showing clearly (whilst in detail) exactly how to change the [bold]graphics[/bold] on your iPod. [bold]DISCLAIMER[/bold] The methods I give in this tutorial are tried & tested by myself, and are safe to use providing they are followed correctly. The methods and techniques are not sanctioned by Apple, and could void your warranty. Follow these steps at your own risk! [bold]THINGS YOU WILL NEED[/bold] <1> A Colour iPod (iPod Nano, iPod 4th generation Photo, or iPod Video) <2> iPodWizard. The latest version is v1.2, and the download can be found through this link - http://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=153441 <3> iPod Firmware/Updater. I recommend you guys use version 1.0, as it is the most stable. The download of iPod Updater 2005-11-17 v1.0 can be found here - http://www.megaupload.com/?d=Y44N4BER <4> iHack - http://www.ipodwizard.net/attachment.php?attachmentid=3392&d=1127255814 [bold]NOW TO BEGIN..[/bold] <1> Extract and load your iPodWizard Software. <2> Click [bold]"Open Updater"[/bold] <3> Load the iPod Updater that your just downloaded. I recommend v1.0 (2005-11-17), but it should work with any other Updater. <4> Under the "Firmware" menu, select your model of iPod. Once you have done that, click "Load". <5> (i) Click on the "Firmware Editor" tab, followed by the "Pictures" (ii) tab. You will now have an 'index' (iii) with a dropdown menu showing you each and every graphic that is written onto your iPod's firmware. We can modify these graphics and write them to the Updater, and once we synchronize our iPod using the Updater, the modifications will appear on the iPod aswell. [bold]CHANGING THE GRAPHICS[/bold] There are a couple of methods you can use to modify the graphics. You can [bold]manually edit[/bold] the bitmap images.. Select an image you would like to modify/replace from the drop-down menu, and click "Save Image" (Located to the right of the interface). This will save a copy of the image in .bmp (bitmap) format to your HDD. Open the image with an image editing program such as [bold]Photoshop, Macromedia Fireworks[/bold], or even just the basic [bold]MS Paint[/bold] -- and edit the image to whatever you wish. Remember though, [bold]Don't change the image’s dimensions![/bold]. Once you have finished, save the modified file and use the iPodWizard "Load Image" function to replace the existing photo in the firmware image. Repeat this process with each graphic you wish to change. Alternatively, you can load a whole group of bitmap images that have been prepared as a 'Theme'. To get hold of themes for your particular iPod, the best source to look are the [bold]iPodWizard Themes forums[/bold] - http://www.ipodwizard.net/forumdisplay.php?f=17 Once you have downloaded a 'theme' (which will consist of a .zip/.rar file filled with bitmap images), then extract them into an empty folder. (Please be sure that the themes you download are created for your firmware version, as the order & number of graphics varies with each update). Then, click on the "Load All" function in iPW, and load the folder in which you extracted the 'theme'. [bold]WRITING YOUR THEME TO YOUR FIRMWARE[/bold] Once you have finished tweaking with your bitmap images, you are almost finished. Click "Write" which is located at the very top in the center. Once the confirmation that the changes you implemented were sucessfully written onto the updater, You can exit iPodWizard. [bold]TRANSFERRING TO IPOD[/bold] All you have left to do, is simply connect your iPod to your PC and use the "Restore" feature on the Updater to rewrite the firmware with the modified version. However, if you don’t want to "Restore" your iPod (Which deletes all content), You will have to patch the Updater with [bold]iHack[/bold] iHack will set the iPod’s firmware version a small amount below its current level before you run the iPod Software Updater, re-enabling the "Update" button. Open iHack (you will find it at C:/Program Files/iHack/ by default), and click the "Patch..." button while your iPod is connected to your PC and the [bold]disk mode[/bold] feature is enabled. Select your iPod’s drive letter, and iHack will do the rest. Now click the "Update" button, and you will have successfully changed the graphics on your iPod. [bold]GALLERY[/bold] This is the sort of thing your can expect to see upon modifying your theme.. Enjoy!!