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Your iPod's Debug Menu

pudge posted more than 11 years ago | from the merry-new-year dept.

Media (Apple) 32

quakeslut writes "Want to access your iPods hidden debug menu with 16 developer tools, including a 'HDD Scan' and various system tests? Just 'restart' your iPod (press and hold the 'menu' and 'play/pause') and when the Apple comes up, press and hold the 'back', 'select' and 'next' buttons (all 3 buttons in the center row). Cool nerd stuff."

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Another troll story on Slashdot... (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993164)

First iTunes Supports Ogg Files. [slashdot.org]

And then A Christmas Easter Egg in iPhoto? [slashdot.org]

Now this. A hint: this iPod 'Debug Menu' does not exist. Would you please check these things first in the future!

Re:Another troll story on Slashdot... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993174)

Now this. A hint: this iPod 'Debug Menu' does not exist. Would you please check these things first in the future!

it does exist - just tried it on my old 10gb ipod and it does work...

Bullshit! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993180)

Troll! Post a screenshot then!

Re:Bullshit! (5, Informative)

Pathwalker (103) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993229)

here [ofdoom.com] is a picture of the HD test running on a 20 gig iPod.

I would provide more pics, but the test is taking a while to run...

Cool (5, Interesting)

jsse (254124) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993167)

Thanks! Now tell me the secret keys sequence to bring up the secret character iJob, who can be used to fight beat secret character eBill. :)

Seriously, for those who thought they stole the concept out of games industry, big corps have always used this to hide and bring up hidden admin menu. I blieve I saw a HP engineer bring a password-prompted admin menu in a HP server with some strange key sequences. (any HP engineer could tell me how? :)

Re:Cool (5, Informative)

Twirlip of the Mists (615030) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993767)

On many Sony televisions, you access the maintenance menu by turning the TV off, pressing "Display" "5" "Volume +," and turning the TV back on. So yeah, there's a long tradition of hiding service and maintenance features behind obscure keystroke combinations.

Before you try it, though, be aware that you can seriously fuck up your TV if you change a setting by mistake.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4994164)

Mods on crack. Can't you read? "So yeah, there's a long tradition of hiding service and maintenance features behind obscure keystroke combinations." Off-topic my ass.

Re:Cool (1)

Rauser (631244) | more than 11 years ago | (#4995545)

HP seems to have a penchant for hidden testing functions. On any HP Deskjet printer, holding down the Power key and pushing the Paper Feed key n times will cause the printer to perform any of several self tests. Caution-you can burn up a lot of ink and/or paper doing this.
  • http://www.hp.com/cposupport/printers/support_do c/bpd07098.html
Also for any engineers out there, the HP48 series of calculators had a plethora of diagnostics available by pushing ON-C or ON-D simultaneously. But you already knew this!

Re:Cool (2)

GlassHeart (579618) | more than 11 years ago | (#4996527)

HP seems to have a penchant for hidden testing functions.

Not just HP. If you do a bit of searching around the web, many cell phones have half-hidden debug features that are knowingly left in. In my experience, they are left in not because they are useful (written by developer for developer), but because you don't want to disturb the tested binary minutes away from deadlines, even just to remove debug code.

Unlike game cheats, these don't tend to unleash anything useful to the end user. They're also certainly not easter eggs.

Re:Cool (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4997193)

You fucking suck. Feet are sexy.

Yep. It's official... this is false (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993175)

My cousin is over here (he has an iPod) and we just tried that procedure. Nothing. Stupid troll story, pity stories can't be modded down. Seriously.

Re:Yep. It's official... this is false (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993249)

too bad you're too stupid to follow instructions - it works here on both a 5gb and 10gb iPod

go fuck your cousin again.

Re:Yep. It's official... this is false (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993762)

I would, but he's currently balls-deep in your ass.

remote support (2, Interesting)

Howie (4244) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993200)

sweet. know I know that at least the firmware on my old 5Gb ipod knows about the remote.

it will work... (5, Informative)

nuckin futs (574289) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993207)

if you have an older software version. check here [ipodlounge.com] for info.

here's what's on that page in case it gets slashdotted:
This mode is no longer available in Software Updater v1.0.4
Perform diagnostic tests at your own risk or not at all.

The following diagnostic mode discovery, test and results are courtesy of iPoding.com
1. Reset the iPod. Press and hold "Menu" and "Play" buttons.
2. The Apple logo will appear. Press and hold "REW", "FFW" and "Select" button. You will hear an audible chirp sound. Your now in diagnostic mode
3. Navigate the list of tests using "REW" and "FFW". The scroll wheel will not function while in diagnostic mode.

Please visit iPoding.com for test results with updates.
The Diagnostic Mode Tests:
1. 5 IN 1
2. RESET
3. KEY
4. AUDIO
5. REMOTE
6. FIREWARE
7. SLEEP
8. A 2 D
9. OTPO CNT
10. LCM
11. RTC
12. SDRAM
13. FLASH
14. OTPO
15. HDD SCAN
16. RUN IN

Re:it will work... (5, Informative)

bdash (598142) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993237)

iPoding [ipoding.com] has a page on the diagnostic mode. It contains a brief description of each test along with its expected results.

It also has the following notes at firmware versions in which it works:
Note: It's back in version 1.1
Note: This function has been disabled in version 1.0.4

Re:it will work... (1)

lunartik (94926) | more than 11 years ago | (#4997387)

Works on a 10gb iPod.

Beware that P. Run-In will require a reset to exit.

for more advanced /.ers (4, Interesting)

SHEENmaster (581283) | more than 11 years ago | (#4995752)

Check this [dnsart.com] out. It has info about modifying the iPod firmware.

Personally, I'm holding out on the iPod until HFS+ works in Linux. It's kind of a disgrace to buy a PC iPod for use on a mac.

Works for me (0, Informative)

poo203 (305282) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993313)

I have a new 20G pod and this works for me. I notice that the newer pods have a RTC as well. This should save some battery life for those of us who use the calendar and alarms.

Re:Works for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4996226)

Actually, It won't. The RTC can be disabled/enabled. When the RTC is enabled it consumes power. It is not enabled when alarms are off. Thats all there is to it.

Re:Works for me (0)

poo203 (305282) | more than 11 years ago | (#4996797)

ummm I think if you are using processor cycles and possibly using dasd for non volatile count retention then it will be more resource intensive than the RTC.....and therefore require more power and subsequent battery drain. Of course (as you say)the RTC depletes battery life...unless it has one of those new cold fusion power sources...but not at the rate that a timer system without a real time clock would. I am happy to be proven wrong...but I dont think I am....the RTC will save battery life comnpared to a pod without one.

Can't get this to work (0, Troll)

Krueger Industrial S (606936) | more than 11 years ago | (#4993379)

What version of Windows is this?

Re:Can't get this to work (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993396)

It's BSD, not windows. Apple now bases all its software on BSD. They're even working on converting thier old OS's to a BSD base and releaseing a "MacOS Classic" collection.

IN SOVIET RUSSIA... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993392)

...iPod debugs you!

And now the obligatory ogg troll (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993764)

As the ogg troll would say, "can you use this debug menu to {play ogg's, run linux, act as a three-button-mouse} on the ipod???

could apple have chosen... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4993913)

a dumber way to debug an iPod?
isn't it much simpler to press just one key, instead of turing an iPod into a gameboy

Re:could apple have chosen... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4994412)

dumbass .. your not SUPPOSED to do it, hence its ever so slightly hidden

and the battery (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#4994371)

its seems that holding menu+back+play/pause resets the battery..... oops

Secret codes. (4, Funny)

saintlupus (227599) | more than 11 years ago | (#4995399)

Funny, I thought that was the 30 life cheat for the breakout game.

(20 second limit, blah blah blah)

--saint

Used in July (1)

MrMickS (568778) | more than 11 years ago | (#4998155)

.. to check out a malfunctioning iPod. It failed the disk test. Quick call to Apple and they replaced it.

Recent Curious Apple Articles. (1)

catwh0re (540371) | more than 11 years ago | (#5015579)

This information has been available on apple servers for almost a year. It was more popular when the game was still an easter egg.

There seems to be a very-unslashdot-like amount of trivial apple news recently, rumour site level almost. MWSF is basically here, so there will be something useful to report soon.

Until then everyone can still buy 15inch or 17inch iMac/s [slashdot.org] , discover that there is no easter egg in iPhoto [slashdot.org] , realise that quicktime plugins work in any application that uses quicktime to play media such as iTunes [slashdot.org] , while they are at it they can discover that iSync already has .mac Address Book sync [slashdot.org] , or pay attention to one of many numerous unusual patents & websites that apple own (thinking mammals.org/iphone.org/etc here) with this beaut which is basically a patent for an lcd wrapped around a computer case. [slashdot.org] Has everyone already forgotten the dalmation and flowerpower imacs? It's a bit of a logical extension to now make a pc where you can customise the colour/pattern.

RICK AUSTENSON EATS PENIS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5091388)

1) imagine a beowulf cluster of bsd and stephen king dying in soviet russia while pouring hot grits down natalie portman's pants and beating off to goatse.cx on troll tuesday.
2) ???
3)Profit!!!
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