Last time I tested the standard mkamsboot available from the download link on the Sansa AMS page only worked with older firmwares <= 2.2.26. To make a firmware file using the new 2.3.32 you will need to either find an updated version made by someone else or build your own.
Other than that the steps and files described on the Sansa AMS page should work fine. I have a new build of mkamsboot for linux 32-bit that I am using fine but I don’t have a place to upload it so others can get it.
Just to clarify, here is a simple step by step:
(you can skip steps 1 and 2 if you got the resulting files from elsewhere)
1 - Get the 4 needed files,
- fuzpa.bin from the original firmware (2.2.26 if you use the std mkamsboot tool)
- the rockbox build zip usually named rockbox-sansav2.zip
- the bootloader file usually called bootloader-fuzev2.sansa
- the mkamsboot utility compiled for your pc system and version of original firmware
2 - Build the replacement Rockbox dual boot firmware file using a command like,
mkamsboot fuzpa.bin bootloader-fuzev2.sansa rockbox.bin
3 - Connect your Fuze (make sure MSC mode).
4 - Copy two things to your Fuze root directory,
- rockbox.bin but renamed as fuzpa.bin
- unzipped contents of rockbox-sansav2.zip (should make /.rockbox directory)
5 - Unplug the Fuze and it should show a message that it is updating firmware and then shutdown.
6 - Turn on your Fuze. It should boot into Rockbox (you can hold down “<<” to boot original firmware).
Now you can customize your Rockbox if you like by adding theme packs from the rockbox web site. As a nice starting point I would suggest Cabbie2 or Cabbie2 Enhanced as these look quite nice. To do this you download the theme zip file and unzip into your fuze /.rockbox directory. This will add the needed theme files and then you can select the theme using the Rockbox menu under the Settings item.
If this seems like more than you can handle (it’s not really) then you should wait for Fuze v2 to get integrated into the RB Utility that will handle automated installation. Given the recent pace of development I don’t think that is too far off.
Edit: Here is a link to an updated windows version of mkamsboot posted by user (jfinnie) on the rockbox forums. I have not tried it as I am on Linux. Probably fine but use at your own risk. Well, that goes with any of this stuff anyway.
Message Edited by csavery on 05-27-2010 01:52 PM