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Subject: Re: Sansa versions

Re: Sansa versions

From: Mark Allums <mark_at_allums.com>
Date: Sun, 23 Mar 2008 17:59:03 -0500

Mark Allums wrote:
> Joseph Shraibman wrote:
>> What is the difference between the v1 and v2 players that makes
>> rockbox not work on the v2s? Will upgrading the firmware on my c240
>> break it so rockbox won't run?
>
> Yes. Different hardware.

I may not have answered the question you asked. Don't attempt to put
Rockbox on your machine yet. There is an effort underway, I'm told, to
get Rockbox runing on E200 V2 hardware. I don't know about C200
hardware, but the answer in probably on the Rockbox website somewhere,
so don't be afraid to prowl around on the site.

If the factory firmware is working, don't update it with newer factory
firmware. Sometimes, manufacturers try to lock out third-party
firmware, so it may become more difficult to put Rockbox on your player.

For instance, Sansdisk tried to lock out Rockbox on the E200 R-series
player, because of their deal with Rhapsody. Rhapsody wanted exclusive
access to the player for their subscription service, and Rockbox has no
provision for that.

It didn't work, of course. Some smart people produced a workaround, and
now R-series players are Rockboxed, too.

The V2 players have different hardware, so the V1 Rockbox version won't
work, and will probably brick your player if you succeed in getting the
firmware installed.

--Mark Allums
Received on 2008-03-23


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