Rockbox on the Zip

@tron wrote:

How can I try it? Give us some instruction?

Thx.

 

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@tron wrote:

How can I try it? Give us some instruction?

Thx.

 

Probably the best source for a guide and walk-through:

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66292

And, other threads on the topic as well (such as themes–i.e., screen designs–for Rockbox on the Clip Zip):

http://www.anythingbutipod.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=228

Do note:  this all still is in beta; some things may not work as fully as you would like or they hopefully will; and there always is a risk (i.e., don’t necessarily do this with your one and only holiday gift for your child …).

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Thank you! :smiley:

How is the FM reception with ROCKBox installed?  Any different than the OF?  Has RDS been implemented?

How is battery life with Vorbis?

Thanks!

@tonybigs wrote:

How is the FM reception with ROCKBox installed?  Any different than the OF?  Has RDS been implemented?

 

How is battery life with Vorbis?

 

Thanks!

RDS is not in the main build yet, but fairly close: http://www.rockbox.org/tracker/task/12370 I don’t think anyone has tested battery life yet, but it should be quite good for Vorbis unless theres some bugs.

Lots of people miss some of the information that was on the Clip+ screen, and some have said they have no interest in album art on this 96x96 screen. Well, problem solved!

We really need to get the theme site up and running for the Zip so that people can actually find these themes :slight_smile:

OK, so one of the most annoying things about the stock firmware is that when I update the contents of the internal memory (which I do fairly frequently when syncing podcasts), upon disconnecting the Clip Zip it insists on reading the contents of both the internal memory and the external card in order to update its database.  I have a 16GB, nearly fully loaded card in the player, so this update takes a long time.

From my past experiences with Rockbox on other players, I believe that Rockbox would improve this experience due to having a background DB updating process - true?  This is still the case for Rockbox on the Clip Zip?

Thanks in advance.

Yep, Rockbox doesnt suffer the dreaded updating database message.  I installed it a few weeks ago and best thing I ever did.

Its out for the Zip and working great for playback. ITs still under development but does everything I need.

Hey, thanks for your reply.  Funny, I *just* finished testing out Rockbox on my Sansa Clip Zip, when your reply came in.  

Good stuff but the USB isn’t working yet (I see there’s a patch, but it appears to be something you apply to source code, and I don’t do builds), so I’m going to hold off until they have a stable release.

@promisedplanet wrote:

Hey, thanks for your reply.  Funny, I *just* finished testing out Rockbox on my Sansa Clip Zip, when your reply came in.  

 

Good stuff but the USB isn’t working yet (I see there’s a patch, but it appears to be something you apply to source code, and I don’t do builds), so I’m going to hold off until they have a stable release.

 

There isn’t USB on the Clip+ yet either, and that’s been stable for over a year now. :wink:

@marvin_martian wrote:


@promisedplanet wrote:

Hey, thanks for your reply.  Funny, I *just* finished testing out Rockbox on my Sansa Clip Zip, when your reply came in.  

 

Good stuff but the USB isn’t working yet (I see there’s a patch, but it appears to be something you apply to source code, and I don’t do builds), so I’m going to hold off until they have a stable release.

 


There isn’t USB on the Clip+ yet either, and that’s been stable for over a year now. :wink:

Ah … well, if they don’t get USB, I can always boot it into the OF to sync files, then power it down during the database update phase (I just tested this and realized it’s possible!) and boot it back up into Rockbox.  Kind of a hassle, though.

Theme site is up for the Zip: http://themes.rockbox.org/index.php?target=sansaclipzip Its a completely new screen size though, so theres only 2 themes at the moment. I’m sure people will make more though as the port becomes more popular.

Those initial themes look pretty good!  Glad to see dfkt  is having some fun with it.

It’s been a while since I experimented with Rockbox on the e200 , nice to have the music database operation in the background.  It’s quite an improvement, being able to listen to some music while new tracks are parsed in the background.

I’d love to have this function with the original FW.

Bob  :smileyvery-happy:

For a creative approach, check out the following theme, with the album art taking up the majority of the screen, with the file info. surrounding the album art. Way cool, and thinking outside the box–woof! :slight_smile: http://anythingbutipod.com/forum/showthread.php?t=66682

Lads why should i rockbox the zip?i noticed the sound is very low anything i can do to improve it?

http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/WhyRockbox Assuming you mean that you’ve got the European volume cap on, yes that doesn’t apply in rockbox (or the sandisk firmware if you change your region).

How to reset the player to get high volume back: http://forums.sandisk.com/t5/Clip-Clip/No-more-High-setting-in-music-volume/td-p/143062. Easy (and legit.) to do! As to why to add Rockbox capabilities, check out the Rockbox.org website and its FAQs: http://www.rockbox.org/wiki/GeneralFAQ

So I ran a battery bench over night. The music was distributed thusly…
731MB on the internal memory, 29.3GB on a class 4 SanDisk card.

Other assorted settings…ReplayGain was set to track gain if shuffling, clipping prevention enabled, pre-gain set at 4.5db, volume was at -24db, EQ was disabled, playback was set to shuffle all tracks.

Breakdown of content…3,914 tracks, average bitrate of 228kbps, MP3 (96.3%); WMA (3.0%); AAC (0.7%).

Total runtime, 15 hours, 23 minutes, 46 seconds.

Some of you will grasp the  real meaning of this image.:wink: