12-22-2008 12:20 PM
I recently learned of the open source OS called Rockbox, I know they plan to release a Sansa fuze version hopefully early in 09, is any using it now with a Sansa product and do you recommend it, I have the Fuze but I also have the M230 and M240 players.
12-29-2008 10:40 AM
I'm using Rockbox with my trusty old iRiver H320 and really like it...it adds a lot of features. My fav feature is the crossfader. The H3XX series wouldn't crossfade and I hate gaps, so Rockbox covers that...plus there's themes you can download to change the look of the GUI...most are crap but there's a few that are nice...but with the update of Rockbox to 3.0...older themes don't display correctly now unless updated for 3.0...which really annoyed me cuz I just found a great theme but doesn't work cuz I have RB 3.0 and the creator isn't devoting any mreo time into RB themes.
Here's the theme...is so sweet looking!!
Also rooting around...they have Rockbox simulators so you can test themes and stuff on your PC before loading to your mp3 player...there's a Sansa Fuze simulator available! Woot...hopefully its out soon...will def mod my gf's Fuze that I just got her for Xmas.
12-29-2008 10:56 AM
I wouldn't break open the Champagne just yet. Despite other's enthusiastic expectations, I seriously doubt that RB will be available in the next 'couple of months'. While much progress has been made, realize that the nuts that are cracked first are usually the easiest.
It's like riding a bike up a mountain. The farther up you go, the steeper the incline gets and while you've got 5 miles behind you and only 1 in front of you, that 1 mile is going to be the most difficult and may take you longer to traverse it than the 5 in back of you.
So realistically, you could go out and buy the bottle of bubbly, but I don't even think I'd put it in the icebox yet. There's still a lot of work to do yet on the project. And even then, there are usually months of testing before a stable version can be released.
12-29-2008 02:06 PM - edited 12-29-2008 02:07 PM
What player do you have?
Not sure how it works for other players...but on my H320...a botton combo will start it up using the original firmware...and I'm sure its just a matter of trashing the ".rockbox" folder or reformatting the drive if you want to go back to the original firmware...I'd do a little research on your player first..if you can find a forum on your player and it supports Rockbox...I'm sure there will be a section for it there.
Also there's those simulators you can try out on you PC first to see if you even like it before installing on your device.
Message Edited by vice86 on 12-29-2008 02:07 PM
12-29-2008 04:04 PM - edited 12-30-2008 10:19 AM
Rockbox does not replace the original firmware, but only 'sits beside it' as an alternative. Your player then becomes a dual-boot' system; booting in one or the other.
In the case of the Sansa, upon pressing the power button, the player loads (or boots) the Rockbox firmware. If you want to boot into the Sansa firmware upon start-up, you hold the REW ( |<< ) button down during start-up. You can also install a reverse boot-loader to do just the opposite if you wish (boot into Sansa OF, unless the REW button is held).
You still need the original Sansa f/w for certain functions, which is why it's designed this way.
Message Edited by Tapeworm on 12-30-2008 10:19 AM
12-29-2008 06:57 PM
Thanks for the info - I have a fuze - so for now there is no rockbox... but just was wondering about it - when/if a rockbox version comes out is it worth looking into.. if it were to replace the firmware and make it so I could not go back - I would not consider it... for now.. I will wait til it comes out and decide then.
12-30-2008 04:31 AM
The port is in progress...
You could see the state there : http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/SansaV2
They have actually some problems with the wheel (the detection is not perfect) and the internal memory (only the first GB is supported).
And you can also read the thread (if you're developper otherwise don't post a message because it's developpement thread --not a support or install thread--) :
12-30-2008 05:12 AM
nech...if you go to http://rasher.dk/rockbox/simulator/ and download the fuze one...you could see how it works...the menus aren't anything fancy so don't expect a super overhauled GUI...for looks...it all depends on the design of the theme you load....most of them I don't even like..they look like crap. I go back and forth between using Rockbox and my normal iRiver firmware.