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Subject: Re: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

Re: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

From: BlueChip <cs_bluechip_at_webtribe.net>
Date: 2004-12-07

1. Rockbox has some quite tricky battery algorithms. Even still, I would
never leave it leave it plugged permanently, as by their chemical nature,
batteries prefer the drain-recharge cycle and not to do it any more than is
necessary. See batteryuniversity.com for (too much) detail. And I would
certainly _never_ do it with the native Archos firmware.

2. Weirdness - are they saying that you should not try to transfer 40GB of
stuff in one go? Or are they saying that the last nGB of the drive cannot
be used?

3. http://www.redchairsoftware.com/notmad/

I know nothing of the innards of the Zen so I could not comment on whether
it is "possible" to port Rockbox or not - my instinct says "no" because of
all their security crap - otherwise you are looking at a LOT of hard work
over the next few months :(

BC

>I bought a Zen 40 GB unit but I haven't received it yet.
>
>Three things I noticed in the manual...
>
>It says :
>#1. You can't leave the unit plugged in all the time (I always have my
>archos plugged in at my office)
>#2. You should not load the unit to capacity because of battery
>constraints (then why make it that big?)
>#3. It says that you can't use it as a hard drive through windows explorer
>even though people have reported doing it.
>
>?
>
>Can the Zen be reprogrammed with Rockbox? I already don't like their O/S
>and i've only just read about it...

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