07-29-2009 04:44 AM
Trollish because it is unmotivated and uninformative.
If there are specific strengths or weaknesses that apply to the experience of the poster sharing that would be helpfull for others.
07-29-2009 04:54 AM
No two people see life and what surrounds them the same way....
"Before I sink into the big sleep...I want to hear the scream of the Butterfly"
07-29-2009 05:32 AM - edited 07-29-2009 05:33 AM
Especially when one of them is hort-sighted !
Message Edited by g3u5 on 07-29-2009 04:32 PM
Message Edited by g3u5 on 07-29-2009 04:33 PM
07-29-2009 01:37 PM
The default RB interface is I admit, rather . . . well, boring with an extremely small font. Which is why so many have written new 'themes' to gussy it up. It will be a while before there are a good variety to pick from for the Fuze project as there are for the other players that Rockbox operates on. But they will come. One could take an already existing theme & modify it to fit the screen resolution of the Fuze, but be patient . . . there are some awesome themes out there that people have written and share freely.
Bear in mind that Rockbox is just starting to support the USB connection; for years it didn't on any platform. The fact the the Fuze project is still considered a 'beta' release and not 'official' yet, begs for more patience in this aspect of the firmware too. All the bugs aren't worked out yet. In fact, there are darn few, if any RB versions that don't have a 'known issue' list to this day, and it's (Rockbox) been around for several years.
Nothing special? Many would argue that point 'till the proverbial cows come home, but realize . . . it's not everyone's cup of tea. Just as the Sansa original firmware is not. It certainly has a lot more options than the Sansa firmware and really takes advantage of what the hardware can deliver.
Just as different people use their players differently and have different 'priorities', so too do they have preferences for firmware. It's all about choices; use what you want and/or need. Don't begrudge someone else the same privilege just because it's not the same as yours.
07-29-2009 05:00 PM - edited 07-29-2009 05:00 PM
I really shouldn't be saying this, because I'm sure someone will manage to brick their Fuze...
The current revision of rockbox runs perfectly fine on my Fuze, and everything works as-advertised. Doom is pretty freakin' awesome on it! There's a thread on the RB forums dedicated to helping RB noobz (like myself) get it installed on their Fuze. Very good stuff.
Also since RB doesn't add anything I actually need (aside from turning the wheel light off...), I'll be sticking to the original Sansa firmware. It's easier to navigate, somehow. And gapless playback RULES!
Message Edited by mngrif on 07-29-2009 08:00 PM
07-30-2009 04:13 AM
Mr Worm, do you have any examples? I have tried some of the themes made for the iriver H3xx/iPod Color/Photo (like -XL-, Electric Bars Of Colour and Cabbie 3.0) and was wondering if there is anything awesomer available.
My current choice is 'Electric Bars Of Colour' btw.
07-30-2009 09:42 AM - edited 07-30-2009 09:44 AM
My favourite is 'AW140' - lovely big album art and very little scrolling required.
The only other source of themes I have found is a 'sticky' on one of the misticriver subforums (the one dedicated to the H300 series players). Only problem might be that most of the themes listed there seem to require an H300-specific 'patch' to work. Some of them might work with the fuze, but I haven't tried.
I'd really love to have a go at designing my own theme (my wife trained as a graphic designer, so I'd have plenty of help). The coding bit looks hard to my beginner's eyes though.....
If I do get round to trying any of the H300 themes mentioned above, I will report back to let people know which ones (if any) are fuze compatible. Does anyone know if any of them are likely to be?
I'm still enjoying a problem free rockbox experience on my fuze. The battery life is taking a real beating, but I dare say my constant fiddling with themes, apps and games has a lot to do with that....
Message Edited by horace on 07-30-2009 09:44 AM
07-30-2009 03:44 PM - edited 07-30-2009 03:45 PM
Personally, I'm going for:
1. More customization.
2. More apps.
3. AAC support.
I doubt you'll be able to "tell it is nothing special" without actually playing around a bit. Of course you could say none of that matters to you but then all it means is that you have no use for Rockbox. A blanket statement that Rockbox "is nothing special" seems rather misinformed. It can do stuff that the default firmware can't.
Message Edited by Cashew on 07-30-2009 03:45 PM
07-30-2009 04:51 PM
I'm getting around 11 hours on a full charge, just listening to MP3s at a fairly low volume. Better than I expected, considering I'm not getting a lot more than that with the official firmware (I really wish I could replace the battery...)
08-14-2009 10:45 AM
I've just installed the beta version of Rockbox and it works surpsingly good - I've encountered no serious bugs so far. Except for the fact that the battery meter seems to work incorrectly. Anyway, if battery life won't decrease in a significantly visible manner, I guess I'll stick with Rockbox. The new interface is really good!
Sansa Fuze 8 GB, Creative NOMAD Zen Xtra 40 GB Headphones: Sennheiser EH350, Senhheiser MX460