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NOTE: Rockbox for the Gigabeat S is still in development, and there is a good chance things won't go smoothly when you try to install using these instructions. If you are not confident that you can undo any changes to your Gigabeat, then you may wish to wait until it's more stable
When running the original Toshiba firmware (a version of Windows CE), it is only possible to connect the Gigabeat S to a PC in "MTP mode", which hides the actual content of your Gigabeat's disk and provides restricted access to its contents.
In reality, the Gigabeat S's hard disk contains two FAT32 partitions - a small (150MB) "firmware partition" containing the Gigabeat's firmware (operating system), and a second "data partition" containing your media files. The main firmware file in the bootloader partition is called "nk.bin", and this is the file that is loaded into RAM (by the Gigabeat's ROM-based bootloader) and executed when your Gigabeat is powered on.
There are two ways to install Rockbox onto your Gigabeat:
Single-boot installation involves replacing the original nk.bin file (stored in the firmware partition) with a new nk.bin containing only the Rockbox bootloader. Dual-boot installation involves adding the Rockbox bootloader into the original firmware's nk.bin file.
Rockbox itself consists of many files (contained within a folder called ".rockbox"), and that is installed on the main data partition on your device.
In order to install Rockbox for the first time, you will need to perform either Step 1a or Step1b, followed by the remaining steps. Upgrading Rockbox in the future will just involve Step 3A.
This step involves replacing the original firmware nk.bin file with an nk.bin file containing only the Rockbox bootloader. Currently there is no official Rockbox release for the Gigabeat S, so you will need to set up a Rockbox development environment and compile the latest bootloader using the source code available from SVN. You can also use the following if you would prefer not to build your own: gigabeat-s-b.zip SVN (See . README.txt in the archive for details about the included files).
After doing this, you will have a file called
For Linux: to compile, just type
To install the bootloader, attach your Gigabeat to your PC and run the following command from within your bootloader build directory:
After a successful installation, your Gigabeat will immediately reboot and (because it is still connected to your PC) enter the Rockbox bootloader's "USB Mass Storage" mode, which exposes your Gigabeat's disk to your computer as a standard USB Mass Storage device.
[To be completed - we now have a source for the nk.bin file, but we need to integrate it into sendfirm so the user is less likely to screw it up]
The factory-standard partition table on your Gigabeat's disk is technically invalid, and the Linux kernel (and maybe other operating systems) rejects it. To fix this, you need to use the
Assuming your Gigabeat is appearing as
fdisk /dev/sdz a 1 a 2 w
You can now proceed to step 3.
When your Gigabeat is in the Rockbox bootloader USB mode, you will see two visible partitions - the 150MB firmware partition (containing at least a file called
The latest "Current build" of Rockbox for the Gigabeat S (built automatically after every commit of code to Rockbox's SVN repository) is available here:
This is installed by extracting the contents of the zip directly to the root (top-level) of your Gigabeat's main data partition. Do not extract it to the same drive as the
The first time you install Rockbox, you should also install the Rockbox fonts. These are available from the RockboxExtras page and each zip file is installed in exactly the same way as the main Rockbox zip - extracting it to the root of your Gigabeat's main data partition.
Hold left on the directional pad, plus the windows/menu button, while turning the Gigabeat on. It must be shut down, not merely suspended as the OF does, so you will need to turn the battery switch (lower left corner, on the bottom of the unit) off if the OF was used last. The unit may be turned on either by the battery switch, by plugging in the power cord while the battery switch is off, or by the power button, so long as the left and menu buttons are held until the recovery dialog appears.
The player will display a series of numbered notices on the screen as it partitions and formats the drive. Eventually the #1 notice, asking the user to connect the device for firmware upload, will be displayed. After connecting the player, #2 should appear, and it should ask the user to upload the firmware. An
After the player formats the storage partition, the partition should be usable via a host PC in USB MSC mode, but the bootloader may display a "File not found" message when attempting to load Rockbox. It appears that using the mkdosfs utility to format the partition from the host PC before installing will resolve this problem. The appropriate format command is:
mkdosfs -f 2 -F 32 -S 512 -s 64 -v -n TFAT /path/to/partition/device
If the bootloader refuses to boot into Rockbox and instead gives a "File Not Found" error before rebooting (in an infinite loop) try to "make tar" rather than "make zip" and put the tar as it is to your data partition. The bootloader will search for a .tar, and will extract it. (The bootloader looks here precisely: /Content/0b00/00/rockbox.tar). Worked for me. (Thanks to Mike Sevakis)
TODO: Format instructions for Windows
r17 - 10 Mar 2011 - 17:26:06 - DominikRiebelingRevision r16 - 02 Oct 2009 - 23:54 - DaveChapman
Revision r15 - 07 Jan 2009 - 20:06 - MarcGuay
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