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Subject: Re: iAudio M5 / X5 ?

Re: iAudio M5 / X5 ?

From: Daniel Stenberg <daniel_at_rockbox.org>
Date: 2006-04-19

On Tue, 18 Apr 2006, Wilmer van der Gaast wrote:

> Anyway, it seems so far that only the X5 devices are supported. So now I
> wonder, how much do the M5 and X5 have in common? People don't seem to agree
> about this yet, some say it's just the display, some say there's more. I
> guess those are the people who actually took a closer look then. ;-)

We don't know for sure yet, but there are indications that the M5 is more or
less identical to the X5 but with a greyscale LCD that seems to be very
similar to the LCD the iriver h1x0 models use (at least they use the same
resolution and depth).

> Anyway, since the X5 has the usual bloat like picture and movie support,
> which I really don't need/want, and since the thing is at least 100 euros
> more expensive, I'd rather stick with the M5. How likely is that one to be
> supported in the future?

It takes some investigation and research, which has not been done yet and
won't happen at all unless some M5 owner(s) step forward and do it. We most
likely need PCB scans at least, and we most likely need to dig around in the
M5 firmware to dissassemble some parts for things like the LCD.

I bet our scramble tool can make a firmware/bootloader image for the M5 with
only a minor mod in the same manner the X5 and X5V ones are made. But of
course that makes no real sense until we can read ATA, use LCD and read keys
on it. But it certainly will help in debugging, as if the M5 is updated the
same way as the X5 is, then you can trial-and-error the bootloader and drivers
pretty nicely since you can always reflash another image...

-- 
  Daniel Stenberg -- http://www.rockbox.org/ -- http://daniel.haxx.se/
Received on Wed Apr 19 22:56:52 2006

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