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Subject: Re: Flashing a unit
From: Fred (speed-up_at_fr.st)
Date: 2004-06-02


If you don't feel it, don't try it ... I flashed my FM Recorder 20 and the
bootup time has been dramatically reduced, from 15s to 3s. I don't know what
improvements it brings to players, but I presume it's about the same order.
The trick is that you don't have to spinup before booting Rockbox, it boots
while the disk is spinning, and doesn't need the slow Archos boot procedure.
Just note that flashing, even if it has been tested successfully by several
people including me, is a risky operation. The only enhancement (apart from
being able to delete the firmware files from the disk, and boot the original
firmware as well as Rockbox from boot) is speed, so if you're happy with
your unit's bootup time and don't want to take the risk of making your
player unusable, don't do it and keep on updating Rockbox from CVS builds.

Fred

"Rick Alfaro" <ralfaro_at_bellsouth.net> a écrit dans le message de
news:002201c448d5$785a8a50$0200a8c0_at_thermal...
Sorry folks, I'm still new with this stuff. I have read through the RockBox
manual and was trying to understand the flashing procedure. From what I
understand, flashing a unit as opposed to simply just having the .mod file
in the root is supposed to get you a faster boot. Is this correct? As
things are now, with the latest RockBox build my unit boots a lot faster
than it did with the straight Archos firmware and I can't imagine it booting
much faster. Is there really any advantage to flashing the unit?

Also, if I decide to do this, what is the easiest way to accomplish this for
someone that can't see the display, or better said, by using the voice
interface?

I'm a little concerned about doing this since there is a possibility of
winding up with a dead unit if something goes wrong, so maybe any gains
don't justify the risk.

Best regards,

Rick Alfaro
ralfaro_at_bellsouth.net

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