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If your question is not answered here it most likely has been dealt with in the main General Rockbox FAQ
WE DO NOT ESTIMATE RELEASE DATES. Seriously. Because Rockbox is an open-source project developed by volunteers, there is no set timetable for any release. The only answer that we can give you is that it will be ready when it is ready. People work on it when they have the time and inclination to do so.
Rockbox comes with no guarantees, but we have never heard of a case of a user permanently damaging their Sansa by installing third-party software such as Rockbox. However, not following the instructions during install can force you to undergo a lengthy recovery process.
This is already addressed in SansaE200Unbrick.
Shut the device down by holding power/menu. Then, press power/menu to boot the Sansa. Immediately after doing this, hold down the |<< (left) button.
Shut the device down by holding power/menu. Then, press power/menu to boot the Sansa. The Bootloader will start Rockbox automatically.
Note: this will temporarily remove the ability to access Rockbox on your Sansa (between steps 2 and 3). None of your Rockbox settings or music will be removed or altered in any way.
Yes, as of 2009-02-26 (r20105), Rockbox supports USB on the E200 and C200 targets.
Yes. What works for me (BertrikSikken) is to make the
Yes. There are two ways to do this:
Right now Rockbox does not communicate over the serial/dock or remote port. Because of this, any accessory, such as a remote or stereo mount, that can actually control playback on the Sansa will not work.
All standard microSD cards up to 2GB work with both Sansa and Rockbox firmwares. The newer microSD SDHC cards up to 32GB (when available) will only work with Rockbox firmware.
Is it possible for my microSD card to be displayed in the same directory as my other files in the file view?
No. Unless you use the Database view your files will be displayed in separate folders.
If the Sansa hangs and normal power-off does not work, confirm that the lock switch is off and the charging cable is unplugged, then press and hold the power button until the unit shuts off (this could take upwards of 30 seconds, but it will eventually work). If you put your headphones on you'll be able to hear a "click" when the power shuts off. It is possible for this to happen without any LED's or the backlight being lit, so trying this is also useful if the Sansa seems to be powered off and doesn't react to the power button. Disconnecting the battery is rarely, if ever, necessary.
Try formatting it.
When I run Rockbox Utility / Sansapatcher I get "No Sansa Found", and I'm sure that I've set the player to MSC mode (Windows)
This issue also manifests as "No Sansa Found" in RB Utility, even if you've manually specified your model and assigned drive letter. If you have SanDisk's Sansa Updater installed, uninstall it and try again, making sure to run sansapatcher / RB Utility as an Administrator (right click -> "run as...").
It is also unfortunately possible that you have a v2 version of the player. See the here for a description of how to tell if it is.
The list below shows versions of the original firmware (OF) that can be patched by sansapatcher/Rockbox Utility and have been verified to work with Rockbox. If the firmware version of your c200 is not in the list, it may still work but just hasn't been verified yet.
If you can't find the option to switch USB mode to MSC in order to install Rockbox, you have a few options:
The Sansa firmware hides the MUSIC folder every time is starts up so you have to work around it. Two available options are:
If you hear a strange static noise while browsing the menus or during the quieter parts of songs, you are not alone. This is the sound of the Sansa "thinking" and is an unfortunate feature of the Sansa hardware. It can therefore also be heard while using the original firmware, although it's slightly quieter according to some.
The microphone picks up noise from the LCD because of badly designed hardware. You'll notice that when the backlight goes off the buzzing stops, so if you want to have clean audio recordings, simply adjust your backlight settings accordingly.
On some tracks, the audio distorts, even at low volume and with a clean source track. This has been investigated here but the exact cause is still unknown.
For some reason the FM Radio disappears from certain e200's main menus. Follow the flyspray task here.
If you cannot boot into the original firmware by holding
If the bootloader does not load Rockbox properly have a look at the return code. The error codes of the bootloader are:
I installed Rockbox before using the old method (without sansapatcher). Now when I try to use sansapatcher, it gives me the error "OLD ROCKBOX INSTALLATION DETECTED, ABORTING". What should I do?
The sansapatcher tool has detected that you have previously installed Rockbox using the old installation method. In order to continue, you first need to restore the original SanDisk firmware to your Sansa. This can be achieved in either of the following ways:
Once that's all taken care of, you can go back and complete the bootloader installation.
Did you use mi4code 0.9.30? That's the only one that knows of the keys for the 1.03 version out-of-the-box.
CategoryFAQ: Frequently asked questions about the effort to port Rockbox to the Sansa.
r65 - 26 Mar 2013 - 12:33:28 - OleksandrDrachRevision r62 - 10 Oct 2010 - 09:22 - BertrikSikken
Revision r61 - 28 Apr 2010 - 18:06 - JustinHannigan
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