iRiver or iriver?
They used to use the weird casing like iRiver but in recent years they changed it to plain 'iriver' (using all lowercase) and we are (or should be) using the latter format as much as possible for consistency.
What iriver players does Rockbox support?
No version of Rockbox has been officially released yet for the iriver line of players.
Rockbox supports the H100 and H300
series, and development has begun on the iFP
series as well.
To try Rockbox on your iriver, follow the installation directions found in the manual: http://www.rockbox.org/manual.shtml
Questions About Installation and Getting Started
How do I install/uninstall Rockbox?
Step-by-step instructions for installing Rockbox on all supported platforms can be found in the manual: Here
Does the Rockbox bootloader work with 1.31K (Korean version)?
No, the current Rockbox bootloader has not been tested together with the 1.31K frimware.
Will my H3Mod? skinned firmware work with Rockbox?
Yes. First you download a clean firmware file. Then you patch it with the bootloader program. (fwpatcher.exe) After this, you run it through H3Mod?
and apply your skin to the patched firmware.
I've installed Rockbox, but I want to use the iriver firmware. Do I need to uninstall Rockbox and re-flash to iriver?
No. Rockbox has a dual-boot feature
. To boot to the iriver firmware instead of Rockbox: H1x0 and H3x0: Hold the REC button and press and hold
the ON button.
To return to Rockbox, turn off the player and turn it back on without holding REC. H10: Press and hold the <-- button then press the power button, do not release <-- until the OF's loading screen shows up. To return to Rockbox, turn off the device, reset it (to fully power it off; remove the battery for the 5/6 GB models, or use a long, thin object, such as a paper clip, to press the reset button in the tiny hole at the top of the device for the 20GB models), then power on the device without holding the <-- button.
I've installed Rockbox, but I want to use the iriver firmware. How can I do this?
The iriver is a fully functioning dual boot port. If you followed the directions contained in the manual
you should have no problems booting into the original firmware.
Rockbox Feature Questions
Will Rockbox have SRS WOW like the iriver firmware?
SRS WOW - NO
. SRS is a patented technology, so it is unlikely that it will be implemented in Rockbox. Rockbox already supports a 5 band, fully parametric equalizer. It is possible
that SRS WOW LIKE
sound effects will be implemented, but it will require knowledgeable coders who are motivated to write such a feature (that could be you!).
Can I modify the images in the iriver firmware? What about in Rockbox?
If you wish to modify the images of the iriver firmware, you should do so after having patched the firmware with the Rockbox bootloader. This is the only way to do it if you're using the fwpatcher, and the most sensible way if you're not. See the Rockbox Installation Instructions
for more information on using fwpatcher.
The Rockbox While Playing Screen
(also known as the "WPS") currently supports display of 1 bit (i.e., black and white) bitmap images. For more information on creating a WPS, see the CustomWPS
pages. Work is underway to enable the use of 2 bit (i.e., 4 color gray) bitmap images.
Has the recording glitch been fixed?
Yes, the recording feature in Rockbox does not have a glitch like the original firmware.
Does recording in Rockbox have the same filesize limitations as the iriver firmware?
No. The file size limit for recording in Rockbox is approximately 2 GB per file. The FAT32 file system imposes a 4 GB limitation on file size. Some applications have difficulty with file sizes greater than 2 GB, so Rockbox limits the file size for recording to 2GB - 1 byte to ensure widescale compatability with other applications. WAV files at 44.1kHz 16 bit stereo consume approximately 8.75 MB per minute, so Rockbox can record for about 3 hours and 23 minutes in a single .WAV file. However, Rockbox has an automatic file split function, so it will continue recording in a new file with no lost audio.
Can Rockbox use the optical output on the H100 series?
Yes. It can be enabled by going to Settings -> General Settings -> Playback -> Optical Output.
Oh no! Rockbox crashed! What do I do?
If you are using a daily build from prior to 7 July 2005, find the reset button on the bottom of your player near the USB port. Use a toothpick or paperclip to gently
push the reset button. This will restart your player. If you are using a daily build from 7 July 2005 or later, you should be able to reboot simply by pressing the PLAY button on the side of the iriver. (If this doesn't work, use the reset button).
The original firmware no longer boots, help!
We don't know yet what causes this, but rest assured that your player is not dead. Try the following suggestions:
- Try resetting using the reset button at the bottom of your device.
- Run scandisk on the drive. On Linux try fsck.vfat -r /dev/sda1 (where sda1 is your iriver device).
- Make sure you have charged your battery properly. Leave it charging for a good while and then retry. Simply plugging it in and attempting to boot may not be enough. Rockbox will boot and play music with battery levels significantly lower than are acceptable to the original firmware.
- Rockbox has been found corrupting the EEPROM (not flash) where the original firmware stores its settings. First, copy internal_eeprom.bin to the root of your H300. Next, in Rockbox, from the debug menu, choose Write EEPROM. This will overwrite the settings of the original firmware with whatever I had set when I made the dump
- Try renaming or deleting files on the disk, maybe a file you have created (playlist ?).
- Try reformatting the drive. You may have to use a program like Swissknife, or better http://www.ridgecrop.demon.co.uk/index.htm?fat32format.htm fat32format to format if you're using Windows XP or 2000 and have a drive larger than 32GB.
It is probably caused by Rockbox doing something
that the iriver firmware is not expecting. The EEPROM corruption hasn't been seen lately but is known to crash the original firmware. If you get in a position where the original firmware no longer boots, please report it somewhere and tell us which of the above steps solved it.
I installed Rockbox on my iriver, but it just says "Loading firmware result -1" and turns off.
That means that the Rockbox bootloader is not finding the rockbox.iriver file. Make sure that you have followed the installation instructions
, and pay particular attention to the section regarding installation of a daily build or bleeding edge build.
Rockbox is behaving strangely, how do I get back to the original settings?
Clearing your settings is described in the manuals as it requires you to press a specific button on startup. It will reset all settings to safe defaults. It is useful if you run into problems because the configuration data has changed or you've messed up your settings. Rockbox stores its settings in the config.cfg file inside the .rockbox dir, deleting this file will also reset all settings to the default values.
Why can't I see my "Music" folder?
Unfortunetly, upon booting into the original firmware, the "Music" folder will be hidden. If Rockbox is set to show "supported," any hidden folders will not show up. Solutions are:
- right click on the folder and deselect the "hidden" attribute.
- hold the "cancel" button when in the "file viewer" and then change the "show" setting to "all" by scrolling up or down
- if you boot into the original firmware often, but enjoy having the above setting on anything other than "all" you may want to move all your music into a different folder. eg. "mp3" or "my_music"
Playback is glitchy/skips!
The H10 port is in its' early stages and hasn't been optimized for speed yet. The simplest solution is to choose a WPS without peakmeters, for example iCatcher. Higher bitrate MP3s especially have these problems, as well as higher bitrate AAC files. This is because there is still quite a bit of optimization to be done on the H10 During the decoding of some files, the one core used is at nearly full capacity, which is why you may notice slowness in the menus or adjusting volume. If you have replaygain or equalizer settings enabled, turning them off may improve your playback quality. As well, using a simpler WPS, preferably one without images, may also help considerably.
If your question is not answered here it most likely has been dealt with in the main General Rockbox FAQ
: Frequently asked questions about the effort to port Rockbox to iriver
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