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Subject: Re: last question, i think - Re: eager beginner, not many skills
From: Jean Boullier (jean.boullier_at_wanadoo.fr)
Date: 2003-05-02


Sara,
The root directory is the very first directory that you see when you
click on the drive icon (e: in your case). For the jukebox it should
contain the ajbrec.ajz file and next level subdirectories (or folders if
you prefer), e.g. the .rockbox one (which has been normally created when
you unpacked the rockbox installation file to the e: drive), and the
folders where you have put your music files.

Usually subdirectories or folders do not have an extension (although it
is not actually forbidden to do so). Files usually have an extension,
e.g. .mp3 for music files, .fnt for font files, .cfg for rockbox config
files, .ajz for Jukebox Recorders firmware modules, .m3u for playlists,
etc...).

When powering on, the jukebox looks for ajbrec.ajz in the root
directory, and if not found it will run the firmware which is built into
its hardware. If the ajbrec.ajz file it has found is a rockbox module
you will then be able to "play" any other .ajz file that you might have
anywhere on your disk, either the original Archos module that you have
saved and renamed somewhere (e.g. in the root directory or in the
.rockbox folder), or another level of rockbox if you want to try
different versions.
 
So, to check that you have an ajbrec.ajz file in the root directory of
your jukebox you should simply double-click on the Drive E icon and
check that ajbrec.ajz is visible in the list which is displayed then. If
its size is about 112000 bytes it is an Archos firmware for recorders,
about 131000 it is an Archos firmware for FM recorders, about 200000 it
is a rockbox one.

I hope I have not confused you more... Anyway you are welcome for other
questions (I am not too sure this one was your last one 8-) ).

Good luck. Jean.

slevin01_at_wesleyan.edu wrote:

>the root directory that everyone is talking
>about...does it have to have a certain .extension
>(like .app, .mp3, .ajz, etc.), or is it just the first
>folder within my e drive? (e is the drive letter of my
>jukebox)
>
>will the jukebox automatically look for ajbrec.ajz
>(rockbox) no matter where it is? i guess what i'm
>really asking is: how do i ensure ajbrec.ajz is in
>the "root-directory?" What exactly is the root
>directory??
>
>
>Quoting Thomas Heuving <heuving_at_gmx.de>:
>
>>slevin01_at_wesleyan.edu schrieb am Thu, 1 May 2003
>>
>03:46:58 -0400 (EDT):
>
>>>b) i loaded rockbox on the jukebox before even
>>>glancing at the archos installation cd. is it too
>>>
>late
>
>>>now to install archos firmware in order to have the
>>>rolo option if for some reason i decide to try to
>>>figure it out? (is archos firmware even what is on
>>>that cd, or is the firmware already on the
>>>
>jukebox?).
>
>>>if i can still load it on there, WHERE do i
>>>
>unzip/load
>
>>>it? (in layperson's terms would be much
>>>
>appreciated :)
>
>>>and sorry for yet one more dumb question, but when
>>>
>you
>
>>>say i can just reboot my jukebox to revert back to
>>>rockbox after using rolo to switch to archos, you
>>>
>mean
>
>>>simply turning off the jbox and then turning it on
>>>again? it'll automatically start up using rockbox?
>>>thanks so much - as you can tell, i'm a total
>>>
>neophyte
>
>>>when it comes to these things
>>>
>>The archos firmware is on your jukebox in ROM. If it
>>
>finds a
>
>>file with the appropriate name on the harddisk, it
>>
>just loads
>
>>this file as new firmware (that's how archos manages
>>
>updates).
>
>>The rockbox firmware has the added ability to load a
>>
>new firmware
>
>>without booting.
>>So your layout should be:
>> 1. The rockbox firmware goes with the standard
>>
>name (ajbrec.ajz on
>
>> the recorder) in the root-directory on the
>>
>disk, so it's loaded
>
>> automatically on start.
>> 2. The archos firmware (which should be on the CD
>>
>(?), or you can load
>
>> it from the archos-site) is installed with
>>
>another name.
>
>> If you wanna switch, you can load the archos
>>
>firmware from
>
>> within rockbox (by PLAYing the file), to switch
>>
>back to rockbox
>
>> you have to reboot (all false decisions have
>>
>their price ;-))
>
>> 3. If you want to test new features, load the
>>
>daily builds onto
>
>> your jukebox under just another name and boot
>>
>them from within
>
>> rockbox. If they satisfy you, rename them to
>>
>the standard name.
>
>>Tschüß
>>--
>>Thomas Heuving
>>
>



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