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Subject: Updated again: Rockbox running directly from flash rom (ROMbox)
From: Jens Arnold (arnold-j_at_t-online.de)
Date: 2004-07-31


Hello all,

I updated my ROMbox builds again to the latest cvs, and changed
the way I distribute it to make using ROMbox a bit easier (at
least I hope so). ROMbox is now distributed as a complete .zip
distribution compiled from current cvs, with the rockbox.ucl
replaced by the special ROMbox version.

So the installation instructions change a bit (It works almost
the same way as installing an ordinary daily build now):

** Requirements:

   Archos Jukebox Recorder _V1_, flashed
OR Archos Jukebox Recorder _V2_, flashed

(The Player/Studio isn't currently flashable, and for the
FM Rombox won't fit in the remaining ROM space. This will
most likely change if this test proves that running from rom
is really useful)

** Procedure: (Recorder V1 / V2 ONLY!)

- Download & install the ROMbox version for your box
  V1: http://arnold-j.bei.t-online.de/Rockbox/rombox-recorder.zip
  V2: http://arnold-j.bei.t-online.de/Rockbox/rombox-v2.zip
- RoLo into ajbrec.ajz.
- flash rockbox.ucl the same way as you'd do with an ordinary
  daily build (located under .rockbox)
- If flashing went ok: switch off the box and start it again
- Look into Info->Rockbox Info. The buffer value should be
> 1.790 MB (It reads 1.798 MB for me. I have the number of files
  per dir set to 300, and the maximum playlist size to 5000)

Play around with it as you would do with ordinary rockbox, and
report if anything doesn't work as expected. (Expected means
like ordinary rockbox). The only exception is the flash
plugin, see below.

Do _not_ delete ajbrec.ajz. You'll need to RoLo into it if you
want to flash another .ucl later, as you can't flash the ROM
if Rockbox is running from it. The flash plugin should tell
you that you are running from ROM and refuse to flash if you
try that.

If you want to do even more, you could do runtime tests,
comparing rombox runtimes with ordinary rockbox. I'm
especially interested in runtime tests with a Recorder v2.

Regards, Jens

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