The last couple months a lot of people have been sneaking builds of rockbox on the Fuze V1 and e200 V2 and provided a lot of feedback. Based on this we think these two ports are ready for more technical users to play with. Lots of things don’t work, but most people report few issues and no one has broken anything. With that in mind, we’ve created the new “Unstable” category of rockbox device to allow more users a chance to try new ports without waiting until they’re completely working. These are devices that have some functionality, are reasonably safe, but still need more work to be considered fully “Stable” like the e200v1.
Reduced battery life. We’ve disabled some power management features for now, and others things aren’t well implemented. I think for a brand new battery you can expect 15 hours or so for a brand new battery (I.E. 66% of the Sandisk firmware).
No USB. You’ll have to reboot to the Sandisk firmware for USB.
BREAKS DRM (probably fixed). Some people lose the ability to play DRMed WMA files forever if they use rockbox. We think this is fixed but aren’t sure. Don’t install if thats important to you.
NO Fuze v2. This will not work on a Fuze v2. The Fuze v2 appears to use a customized version of the CPU in the Fuze v1, and so far we have not acquired a datasheet for it, nor a list of what has changed verses the v1.
DO NOT ASK SANDISK FOR SUPPORT IF YOU USE ROCKBOX. If your Sansa breaks running Rockbox Sandisk has every right to ask you to pay for a replacement. Sandisk has been helpful to us in the past. Don’t be a jerk and ruin that by defrauding them if you break your Sansa trying to mod it. We don’t think this should happen (install tools hash check everything before patching to ensure corrupted installs don’t happen) but if you try hard enough I’m sure it can be screwed up somehow we haven’t even thought of yet.
If you like rockbox CONSIDER DONATING AN OLDER SANSA. We have developers in places where you can’t even buy a Fuze or Clip who would like to get one to work on. If you’ve got an older one after upgrading, consider contacting me and I’ll find someone who can put it to use. If you’re GOOD WITH C PROGRAMMING OR ASSEMBLY consider developing for rockbox. We have a half dozen main people working on the newer Sansas, and we could use some help. Plus its fun.
See http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS for up to date port info and install directions.
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