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  1. Jens Arnold checked in code that should fix the long-standing Red Led Death bug.
  2. Linus Nielsen Feltzing has fixed the problem with the iRiver 1.65 firmware.
  3. A Windows utility to patch iRiver firmware files has been released.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing now has an iRiver H320 which will be used in the future attempt to port Rockbox to this device.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing announced that he has played the first seconds of mp3 on his iRiver.


  1. The iRiver remote LCD driver is now working - thanks to NAME(Rick La Charité), NAME(Christian Gmeiner) and Linus Nielsen Feltzing for this progress.


  1. Rockbox Digest is now active again.


  1. The iRiver bootloader has now been tested with the 1.65 firmware from iRiver.


  1. Trigger recording has been added to CVS. Thanks to NAME(Philipp Pertermann) for his work.


  1. A bunch of people have now tested the iRiver bootloader. A few bumps, but no bricked players!


  1. Evidence of Rockbox booting on iRiver.


  1. Rockbox v2.4 is released.
  2. The Rockbox 2.4 manual is out.


  1. Rockbox started from flash ROM finally available for players.


  1. The Rockbox 2.3 manual is out. Thanks go to NAME(Christi Alice Scarborough) for her outstanding work!


  1. Some downtime due to planned server maintenance (replaced a harddisk).


  1. The site was down nearly four days due to hardware failure while the admins were away.


  1. Rockbox v2.3 is released.


  1. iRiver progress: the LCD driver is working!


  1. Call for help: We need information from Ondio owners for our Archos Ondio port.


  1. Touchdown! The Coldfire BDM wiggler is working on the iHP-120 target! Time for some sweet GDB debugging...


  1. We finally have, thanks to Jeff at Misticriver.


  1. Call for help! Please donate your broken iRiver iHP-1xx to the project!


  1. Good news for Windows users! You can now install the daily builds with an installer executable. Thanks to Christi Scarborough for that.


  1. We now have a Wiki for the documentation. Feel free to join the documentation frenzy!


  1. The CVS repository has moved


  1. Rockbox can talk to you


  1. Version 2.2 is released


  1. Rockbox now finally runs on the Recorder V2.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing revamped the file split feature so it always splits on MP3 frame boundaries. As a bonus, the Play key can now be pressed to start a new file during recording.
  2. Linus Nielsen Feltzing applied a bunch of nice patches, like Line-In activation on Players, a VU meter plugin, a NIM game for the Player, plus a few bug fixes.
  3. The Chip8 emulator has finally been added to the CVS!
  4. Recording with flashed firmware is finally stable


  1. Can Rockbox be made to play WAV files?


  1. Jesús Rodríguez Marcial posted his brand new translation of Rockbox into Galego.
  2. Daniel Stenberg and Linus Nielsen Feltzing posted a re-worked suggestion previously posted about how to remap the keys of the Recorder versions of Rockbox. Discussions followed.
  3. idc-dragon called for early adopter needed for player flashing.


  1. Druzina Dobravec brought a Slovenian language file as language number 20.


  1. Bernhard offered a good advice to windows people using Archos. He says DevEject is a good thing.


  1. Todd Lowe was searching for external battery pack options for FMR.


  1. Magnus Holmgren managed to improve the speed of the ROLO quite a lot with his descrable in assembler fix.


  1. doctor23 brought up the always-hot topic of Should I Buy a Recorder or FM Recorder?. The same issue was also brought up by Brad five days later in his JBR vs FMR? Which one is better mail.


  1. One of those interesting threads on should you really buy a JBFMR20?.


  1. idc-dragon posted that he needs some Player firmware version insight for flashing. There might be a flashable player in the future if he gets sufficient help!


  1. Gadi Cohen brought a patch that now offers working hebrew for Rockbox.


  1. CombThins brought a thought-through suggestion on how to support nested playlists.


  1. idc-dragon got a bunch of SST39 flash chips he offered in case anyone feels like "patching" their units to become flashable.
  2. Daniel Stenberg announced UCL built in regular build process. So if you install 'uclpack' properly, running make as usual will build you a .ucl file for flashing as well!
  3. Remo Hofer suggested we move the fonts to .rockbox/fonts/ and the languages to .rockbox/languages/. The suggestion got some support from various people.
  4. Daniel Stenberg fixed daily-zips to include full download packages including most of everything users want, in one single zip archive.


  1. David Reis posted about his new favourites rock.


  1. Thomas Paul Diffenbach announced his intensions of a battery run-time test with his new code for longer run-time.


  1. Starting today, Daniel Stenberg has modified the daily build scripts to create a full zip archive for each day's daily build, including everything (all fonts, all languages, all plugins, some docs, and the sokoban levels).


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed yet another FAT bug that could cause problems when writing data. (It would make a false "disk full" message appear.)


  1. The eternal but boring discussion Forum vs. Mailinglist was again brought up and discussed at length. None of the core developers are in favour of letting any forum replace or take over the main development mailing list. You're all free to start or use whatever forums you want.


  1. Svante T proposed somone makes a Rockbox Desktop Tool. I think the consensus from the following discussion was that it would be cool... Now, does anyone want to write it too?


  1. Jörg Hohensohn released his first Rockbox in flash. Full docs and instructions followed. These instructions are now also available on the rockbox web site. This posting caused havoc and lots of activity on the list.


  1. Jörg Hohensohn announced that Rockbox runs from flash. It booted up and resumed music in 3 seconds!!


  1. Hardeep Sidhu committed his code that introduces dynamic playlists to Rockbox.


  1. Björn Stenberg added the plugin system. Multiple plugins were added really quick.
  2. Daniel Stenberg (digest author) is on vacation!


  1. The CVS service of Sourceforge is currently not functioning very well, and since Rockbox uses it extensively, the project, web site and associated scripts suffer from this...
  2. Tony Agee once again recycled the question Why doesnt Archos buy/use RockBox software?


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing committed code that fixes the full-disk problem.


  1. Margin Borus wrote about Free HD space and PANIC. Rockbox does not always show free disk space correctly because it relies on the fs info block, which windows seems notoriously bad at doing, and Rockbox does not deal with full disks properly
  2. Andreas Stemmer brought updates to FAQ entry 74, regarding digital I/O on Archos.


  1. Björn Stenberg once again brought up the subject of the " Red Led Dead" error and testing...


  1. Daniel Stenberg mention his intentions to commit the bookmark patch code soon. This was later postponed due to how this functionality collides somewhat with Hardeep Sidhu's dynamic playlist feature...


  1. Björn Stenberg added more intervals to the time split feature for recording.
  2. Daniel Stenberg committed Robert Hak's work on making Sokoban load the game levels from disk, which saved almost 30K of memory.
  3. The demos are now re-enabled in the builds.


  1. Owen Sebastian Hofmann offered his virtual file structures patch, that allows us to browse lists as if they are directory trees.


  1. Please friends, to unsubcribe from the Rockbox mailing lists, use the instructions. You followed them to subscribe, and the process to unsubscribe is very similar!
  2. Uwe Freese announced his new ABSync release.
  3. Steve posted an innocent question which lead to a long and tedious discussion on mp3 playback using high bitrates and whether or not that causes skips. No 320 kbit mp3 should cause skips on Rockbox. Period. If you know any that do, please report!


  1. Romanian and Czech translations were added. 19 languages supported now!
  2. After another day with patch cleaning, we applied the code that allows hiding of icons and changing boolean config items take effect immediately. We're down on 16 open patches now.


  1. Björn Stenberg and Daniel Stenberg had a "Patch Tracker Cleaning Day". We sat down together and went through the patches one by one, starting with the oldest ones. This resulted in 20 closed patches, leaving 25 open ones at this moment.
  2. Thomas Paul Diffenbach patch for new id3v2 parsing (plus genre and composer support) was added.
  3. Dave Jones code that enables recordings split based on a set timer was applied.
  4. Magnus Holmgren and Mats Lidell provided the patch for the status bar code cleanup that Björn Stenberg and Daniel Stenberg polished and committed.


  1. Kjell Ericson fixed a weird bug in the keyboard code for players.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing went on a bug-hunt and could close three bug reports within 20 minutes.


  1. Kjell Ericson did some more improvements on his jump scroll feature and later it was also fixed to get saved properly.


  1. Hardeep Sidhu announced his Dynamic playlist patch.


  1. where are the demos? They are currently disabled in the daily builds due to space reasons. When that problem is sorted out, they will be re-enabled again.


  1. Jean Boullier posted some financial information about Archos 2002 results.


  1. Thomas Paul Diffenbach posted his suggested modifications on genlang, to support lists easier/better.


  1. Roland announced his updated minimalistic rockbox sdk for win32. Roland boasts >500 downloads of the previous version. Get it and post your comments!


  1. Kjell Ericson is looking for comments on his new jump scroll feature for players. Experimental binary available for download.
  2. Frank Incensed asked the list if others also have experienced problems with Archos on Windows XP, and several guys joined in and explained that they too experience crashes or other weird behaviors.
  3. Garrett Derner announced his text viewer with word wrap and scrollbar and he is welcoming all feedback you can give him on his effort. You also find his patch in the patch tracker.


  1. Björn Stenberg committed code that now finally makes the remote control functional even while the keylock is activated in Rockbox.
  2. Is it possible to "protect" ideas and intellectual properties produced for Rockbox, or will companies be able to steal/borrow our ideas? ds2list brought up the subject.


  1. Jörn Hohensohn announced his Survey for Rockbox in Flash based on his changes previously mentioned here. Do check them out and post your findings!
  2. Stevie Oh's provided patch that improves VBRfix on files bigger than 16MB was committed.


  1. As a follow-up to Mark Spooner's mail about the original FM sounding better than Rockbox, Linus Nielsen Feltzing brought a new test image for people to try and to say if it sounds different/better/worse. The first reports have not clearly identified a winner.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed the bug that made a bad voltage level show at startup
  2. Jörn Hohensohn added flash manufacturer ID to the View HW Info screen in the debug view.
  3. Linus Nielsen Feltzing added a "Save ROM Contents" menu option to the debug menu. If selected, it'll dump the contents of the ROM in two files in the Archos' root directory named "internal_rom_*.bin" (where * is replaced with the address sequence of the dump)


  1. Mark Spooner thinks his music sounds better with the original Archos firmware.


  1. Jörg C. Pochmann says he want his scrolling files names to start scrolling from end of filename, and a few other ideas followed...


  1. Jean Boullier wrote up a help text for people to be put on the Archos and read using Rockbox.
  2. Gonz brought up the subject wondering if Rockbox could be made to sort the files to show playlists first.


  1. Daniel Stenberg made another fix on the daily-build scripts in an attempt to make them work better even when the sourceforge CVS is this unreliable.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing announced the removal of the 400 entries limit in directories. The 10000 entries for playlists were also made customizable. The 400-limit was the last entry in the Feature Comparison Chart Rockbox didn't beat Archos at.
  2. Linus Nielsen Feltzing also made the code enable ATA STANDBY when going into USB mode, which seems to make the disk spin down when idle, when used on some operating systems...


  1. Boris Maras brought up the good old subject of searching for songs in Rockbox, and he's building this on top of the patch provided already by Stefan Meyer.
  2. Josh asked the list about tools that would auto-sync songs when connected. Ipod is said to have such a software and it is said to please users there. (My note: but then, ipod users like everything Apple says is good for them.)


  1. It seems we haven't had the daily builds updated properly the last couple of days. The anonymous cvs update used in that process is notoriously shaky and fails pretty often, but now it seems to have tricked us for several days in a row...
  2. Danan introduced his audio thumbnails patch, that makes your Archos play a specific mp3 when you enter a directory, and thus improves "blind" maneuvering.


  1. Alan C mailed in about his battery voltage problems that truly show weird behaviors on his unit. Is it a Rockbox issue?


  1. The Haxx guys invites you to join us to a pub evening in the Swedish capital Stockholm on June 5. (Inivitation link is in Swedish)
  2. Learn how Dave Jones made it possible to make 3+ days recordings with his Archos.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing committed the first code for FM tuner support on the FM Recorder.


  1. Stevie-O presented his new menu design suggestion (with binaries).


  1. Mike Holden brought a very technical report on his findings in the search for the Red Led Death.
  2. There's now a mailing list setup. By subscribing to it, you'll get the latest items off this digest sent out by mail on a weekly or biweekly basis. The name of the mailing list is 'rockbox-news' and you find all the details on the regular mailing list page.
  3. I heard a rumour from a person who actually has listened to radio on his FM Recorder running Rockbox...
  4. Lots of people shared their views in the single play mode thread, and it evolved slightly into a "can we really add every imaginable feature to Rockbox"-discussion.


  1. Linus Nielsen Feltzing made the disk spin down faster while recording.
  2. Roland requested comments on his switch icons on/off in dir-browser patch.
  3. Johan Vromans provided his suggested Q73 for the FAQ, named Help! My recorder crashes when I copy files to it!.
  4. Okay okay, I've already received a whole bunch of mails already, expressing support for the weekly-digests-by-mail idea. Thanks. Please allow me a few more days and I'll set it up and annouce it accordingly.


  1. Would you like to get the digest mailed out once per week or perhaps once every two weeks? If so, mail rockbox-digest at and tell me. If I get a few interested people, I'll setup a mailing list and mail out plain text versions. If not, then I'll be happy with the HTML and RSS versions.


  1. Björn Stenberg called out for a Brute Force Bug Hunt in an attempt to track down the "red led dead" problems that have haunted Rockbox the last couple of months. Join in and help!
  2. Daniel Stenberg made the RSS feed validate fine, to make people happier. I even added one of those bragging buttons to the main page. Discussions followed on how to write proper RSS stuff.
  3. Mikkel Moe brought translation number 17 to Rockbox: Norwegian.
  4. Brent Geery started a discussion on why there aren't more settings to control the MAS for recordings.


  1. Alexandre Belloni re-iterated the issue of supporting the ext2fs or other file systems in Rockbox. Your friendly editor likes to point out the good old NODO document that explains this.


  1. Daniel Stenberg attempts to produce an RSS feed for this digest thing.
  2. Several standard-builds of Rockbox now excess the maximum image size of 200K...
  3. The "caption backlight" works on Player models too now.
  4. Magnus Öman brought the inverted cursor to the recording screen as well.
  5. The demos are now disabled globally to reduce the image size to start working again.
  6. Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed a message-display problem that caused some playlist loadings to go nuts.
  7. John Hudak expressed his confusion with using his Archos on a Mac, and he later posted this summary at Other postings on the thread by Wesley Simon and Michael OQuinn indicated that John's problem may very well be due to a faulty Archos.
  8. Linus Nielsen Feltzing yelled for help about the PANIC problems that have been reported on various recordings, as the problem is likely to be more filesystem-related rather than recording-related.
  9. A long thread adressed a possible flaw in the FAT driver and how it deals with short names vs long names, but no consensus has yet been reached on this. It seems that Microsoft's own specs differ on some details...
  10. c s mentioned his work on getting automobile ignition to stop play.


  1. Björn Stenberg committed his fix that now makes the status bar on Recorders only get updated when information actually has changed.
  2. Björn Stenberg announced his linux-kernel patch for improved FAT performance on Linux, expected to be especially appreciated by USB 1.1 users. One measurement during testing showed a cutback in time for the first copy from 52 seconds to 0.2...
  3. Björn Stenberg added the "caption backlight" feature, which switches on the backlight just before a song change, and keeps it lit for a backlight-timeout period into the new song.
  4. Björn Stenberg made the remote control's keys distinguishable from the ordinary keys, so that they can now be used even though keylock is enabled.
  5. Daniel Stenberg announced the presence of this digest on the mailing list and on the funmp3players forum.
  6. Daniel Stenberg posted his suggested new keymapping for Rockbox Recorders to the list.
  7. Daniel Stenberg committed playlist code that reduces the number of times the playlist is opened and closed, and it might make it slightly faster to skip forward to next song in a playlist.
  8. Daniel Stenberg made keyrepeat in the X11 simulator start working.


  1. People discussed the chance of adding a feature that sorts files in the dir browser according to the ID3 track number tag, and Chris Holt explained how it would be a painfully slow process and that renaming the files to have them prefixed with the track number is the only sane way to accomplish this.
  2. Thomas Paul Diffenbach mentioned his patch that will allow a specific piece of the path name to get cut off from the dir browser display.


  1. Jeff Peterson missed the FM tuning functions in Rockbox for the FM Recorder, and correct, they are not supported by any Rockbox code yet.
  2. Paul van der Heu pointed out the recently annonced Philips HDD100 portable mp3 player.
  3. Linus Nielsen Feltzing added an option to record files with the "bit reservoir" disabled, thus making recorded files to get edited (using external mp3 editing tools) easier and better.


  1. Jörn questioned the current use of F2 and F3 and several other guys seemed to agree. Daniel Stenberg intend to post a completely redesigned keymapping suggestion soon... Jörn made the scroll and status bar ON/OFF possible to set using the menu.
  2. Brent Geery says no hardware player on the planet supports ID3 v1.2 and suggested Rockbox to be the first. Mixed emotions followed, but the general feeling seems to be that it shouldn't be hard to add code for, only slightly unnecessary.
  3. Linus Nielsen Feltzing made mono recordings do a better Xing header. Later verified to work by Jörn Pochmann.


  1. Stefan Meyer submitted his patch that introduces file search in Rockbox.


  1. Thomas Paul Diffenbach brought up the subject of Rockbox 2.3 roadmap and plugins. Further explained in that thread, we plan to have Rockbox support loadable plugins to reduce footprint and allow a virtually unlimited number of functions and features.
  2. Daniel Nguyen started an avalanche by suggesting that mailing list mails should use a [ROCKBOX] prefix in the subject lines. Various mail filtering arguments, tips and hints followed.
  3. Jos Laake found an odd recording bug that Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed almost immediate. It turned out to be a Xing header problem.
  4. Lee Donaghy posted a nice repeatable way to crash rockbox with his mp3 song. This turned out to be the ID3 info funtion using a too small buffer for the first loaded frame.


  1. c s announced his Alternating WPS Lines proposal, with patch and mods available.
  2. BoD inroduced his WPS editor applet to the the list.


  1. Magnus Öman's "inverted cursor" patch was applied by Linus Nielsen Feltzing. There's a new setting in the display section for enabling it.
  2. Thomas Paul Diffenbach reminded us about his ID3 tag parsing code patch number 706111 and explained how it parses genres.
  3. Does the FM Recorder really support digital in (SPDIF)? Linus Nielsen Feltzing hasn't found any connector for it on the PCB, but Gonz received a reply from Archos that claims it does... he followed up with a later report and even later his reported success.


  1. 2.0 was released. Much rejoicing.
  2. The all new pdf manual deserves a special mentioning. Jose Maria Garcia Valdecasas Bernal made a huge effort with that one.
  3. Numerous fixed bug reports on sourceforge were closed.

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