RockBox Nightmare.

Having had (and loved) the RockBox firmware on my, much earlier, Archos MP3 player, I decided to give it a shot on my Fuze.  I was told that I had the V2 version, and I excitedly went throught the process of feeding the RockBox firmware to my little Sansa Fuze friend.  However, I found that I didn’t care for it, and attempted to uninstall it.  But that was to no avail.  Formatting the unit will allow operation of it, but I’d have to reload my songs, and keep the unit on.  As long as it was on, there would be no problem.  But as soon as the Fuze was shut down - and powered back on, the RockBox screen would reappear, with notification of “File Not Found”. I think I had also read that pushing & holding the power button in the ‘UP’ position - until the player came on, and shut back down - would cure most player ills.  But nothing seems to help me in the persent situation.

Have I damaged my player?  Does the RockBox firmware permanently embed itself upon installation?   I sure hope not, because I cannot afford to get another one at this time.  I also hope that someone can give me a blueprint as to how I can finally divorce my player from this condition.

Just download the newest original FW here

copy it in MSC Mode onto the internal Memory

wait until the Update Process is complete and you will have your fuze back as before!

@nlalston wrote:

 Formatting the unit will allow operation of it, but I’d have to reload my songs, and keep the unit on.  As long as it was on, there would be no problem.  But as soon as the Fuze was shut down - and powered back on, the RockBox screen would reappear, with notification of “File Not Found”. I think I had also read that pushing & holding the power button in the ‘UP’ position - until the player came on, and shut back down - would cure most player ills.  But nothing seems to help me in the persent situation.

 

Have I damaged my player?  Does the RockBox firmware permanently

embed itself upon installation?   I sure hope not, because I cannot afford to get another one at this time.  I also hope that someone can give me a blueprint as to how I can finally divorce my player from this condition.

 http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/SansaAMS#Uninstallation

Ruebyi,

I thank you ever so much for your quick, aned VERY helpful input.  My player is back to its ‘healthy’ state again, and I am so happy about that.  

Again, MANY thanks.

NLAlston wrote: 

 Have I damaged my player?  Does the RockBox firmware permanently embed itself upon installation?   I sure hope not, because I cannot afford to get another one at this time.  I also hope that someone can give me a blueprint as to how I can finally divorce my player from this condition.

No, of course Rockbox firmware isn’t permanently installed on your device, but if your player is that important to you, then you shouldn’t have been messing with aftermarket firmware in the first place, especially beta firmware like the only currently available Fuze V2 Rockbox builds.  The Fuze V2 is not yet officially supported by Rockbox.  The beta builds are experimental, and should only be used on a device that one doesn’t mind bricking.  In the future, you might want to take the time to know what something like that is doing to your hardware, and how to remove it, before you install it.  If it had damaged your Fuze, you really would only have yourself to blame.

If you ever decide to install Rockbox again, to boot the Sansa firmware after Rockbox is installed, hold down the LEFT button while booting up.  Since it’s dual boot, you have the best of both worlds.

Message Edited by Shiftlock on 04-14-2010 11:37 PM

Shiftlock,

I can kinda understand what you are saying, but one can’t claim to know everything. By that, I am making reference to your “No, of course Rockbox firmware isn’t permanently installed on your device” statement made.  If you don’t know, you just don’t know.  All that I did know was that I had it on an earlier MP3 player (Archos) that I once had, and it performed flawlessly. Now, maybe it was wrong of me, but I had assumed that the same would have been experienced with my current player. 

Yes, I now wish that I hadn’t installed it on my Fuze.  Thanks to a recent responder I am back in stroke with the Fuze starting up as it is supposed to, but there seems to have been something remaining which has affected the sound quality of my player.  I had a custom eq setting, which rendered my songs in great listening fashion.  Now, that same setting is absolutely terrible.  In fact, the presets - also - have a much different audio quality about them, than before - and I can assure that it has nothing to do with my imagination.  

But…lesson learned.

@nlalston wrote:

Shiftlock,

 

I can kinda understand what you are saying, but one can’t claim to know everything. By that, I am making reference to your “No, of course Rockbox firmware isn’t permanently installed on your device” statement made.  If you don’t know, you just don’t know.  

 

 

The fact that the install directions included uninstall directions wasn’t clear enough?  Given the complexity of the install process, its hard to imagine you managed to get it on your player without the directions.

NLAlston wrote: 

 I had a custom eq setting, which rendered my songs in great listening fashion.  Now, that same setting is absolutely terrible.  In fact, the presets - also - have a much different audio quality about them, than before - and I can assure that it has nothing to do with my imagination.  

 

 

 

Is the firmware version you just installed different then the one you were running before?  If so, you can just go back to whatever you were using before.

Saratoga,

I don’t know to what set of directions you are making reference to, but I’ll have you to know that I perused what was before me with a solid fashion of understanding. There wasreally nothing ‘complex’ aboput the installation process, and I followed the procedure to the letter.  Why I had problems during the uninstallation phase is something that I can’t tell you.  I just don’t know why. Crap just happens…sometimes without rhyme or reason.  But I am straight now, and that is all that I am concerned with.

@nlalston wrote:

Saratoga,

 

I don’t know to what set of directions you are making reference to, but I’ll have you to know that I perused what was before me with a solid fashion of understanding. There wasreally nothing ‘complex’ aboput the installation process, and I followed the procedure to the letter.  Why I had problems during the uninstallation phase is something that I can’t tell you.  I just don’t know why. Crap just happens…sometimes without rhyme or reason.  But I am straight now, and that is all that I am concerned with.

Installation and uninstallation instructions are both given on the AMS port page.  I have to agree that I don’t really understand how you managed to miss them (and somehow the warnings about instability).  Generally speaking, if you’re about to mess with something fundametal to your player, reading around the subject is the best idea.

After everything else it was this process that worked! Thank You!