|| LCD is working. Still lacking lcd sleep, and inversion.
|| Physical keys are handled. Touchkey driver has been implemented and uses the parameters of the OF but could probably to be enhanced.
| Music playback
|| Everything works.
| FM Radio
|| We don't have a DRI driver so we FM doesn't work.
| Power Management
|| Everything works.
|| SD works for the internal storage and the microsd slot.
|| Everything is implemented and should work.
| Rockbox Utility
|| Most of the code has been written but we need to put pieces together.
You can find prebuilt version of Rockbox (development version) here: zenxfi3.zip
. Unpack it at the root of the device, it should create a
The bootloader comes with a number of features which allow to recover from potential problematic situations.
Booting to the OF
The bootloader can either boot rockbox or the OF. By default it will boot rockbox. The bootloader will boot the OF if volume down
is hold while powering up. This works independently
from the power source. For example, the following actions will boot the OF:
- hold volume - then press power for a few seconds
- hold volume - then plug the usb cable (plugged into wall outlet or computer)
Note that booting to the OF might be necessary to complete a boootloader update if done with rockbox USB by putting
to the root of the filesystem.
Building the bootloader
The bootloader can be built using three different methods. The recommend one is the automatic method using RockboxUtility
. The semi-automatic method requires a working cross-compiler and a copy of the Rockbox source code.
I prebuild a complete bootloader image out of version 1.0.25e of the OF. It can be found here: firmware.sb
. Download it, rename it
, put it at the root of the device, unmount properly and reboot. If you already have a rockbox bootloader installed, you will need to reboot to the OF to do the actual upgrade.
Note that you must also install Rockbox to be able to use your player, the bootloader need only to be installed once.
This method requires the following things:
- a working cross-compiler (arm-elf-eabi), see HowToCompile
- a copy of the source code, see HowToCompile
- a copy of the latest firmware installer for the Creative Zen X-Fi3, you need to extract the firmware from it using the cabextract tool by running
cabextract -F firmware.sb ZENFWUpdater_X-Fi3_v1.00.15e.exe, it will produce a file called firmware.sb.
First you need to compile the bootloader, to do this follow the instructions from HowToCompile
and when running the configure script, select the Creative Zen X-Fi3 and bootloader build. After the build, you should get a
file (you don't need to go further than the 5. Build step in HowToCompile
Then you need to build the mkimxboot tool in
. To do so, just cd into
. It should produce a
Finally, you need to run the tool with the correct parameters. Assuming you are in
./mkimxboot -i creative-firmware.sb -b bootloader-zenxfi3.creative -o firmware.sb -t dualboot
You should replace
by the path to the firmware you downloaded from Creative and extracted from the archive, and replace
by the path to the
file produced by the compilation. Note that this command will produce a file called
so if you put a copy of the
file from Creative in this directory, rename it to something else like
before running the command.
Finally, plug your Creative Zen X-Fi3 and put the
file at the root of the file system, unmount and unplugged just like a regular firmware update. Note that if you already have a rockbox bootloader installed you need to reboot to the OF for the upgrade to be effective.
Of course, to run rockbox, you will also need to do a normal build of rockbox and put rockbox on your device (see HowToCompile
but this time to a normal Creative Zen-X-Fi3 build and go until the 6. Install step). Alternatively, you can download the current build here: http://build.rockbox.org/data/rockbox-creativezenxfi3.zip
If you want to boot to the OF, press Volume Down on boot (hold it, press power, wait a few seconds and release it).
If for any reason your device doesn't work anymore (doesn't boot, stuck in the bootloader and even the OF doesn't work or if a firmware upgrade failed). You might need to recover your device. You should not attempt this without an advice from someone knowledgeable. The point of the recovery procedure is too reinstall the OF and will remove any trace of the rockbox bootloader.
- 15 Jan 2013
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