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- Jens Arnold checked in code that should fix the long-standing
Red Led Death bug.
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing has fixed the problem with the iRiver 1.65 firmware.
- A Windows utility to patch iRiver firmware files has been
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing now has an iRiver H320 which will be used in the future attempt
to port Rockbox to this device.
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing
announced that he has played the first seconds of mp3 on his iRiver.
- The iRiver remote LCD driver is
now working - thanks to NAME(Rick La Charité), NAME(Christian Gmeiner) and
Linus Nielsen Feltzing for this progress.
- Rockbox Digest is now active
- The iRiver bootloader has now
with the 1.65 firmware from iRiver.
- Trigger recording has been
added to CVS. Thanks to NAME(Philipp Pertermann) for his work.
- A bunch of people have now tested the iRiver
A few bumps, but no bricked players!
- Rockbox v2.4 is released.
- The Rockbox 2.4 manual is out.
- Rockbox started from
finally available for players.
- The Rockbox 2.3 manual is out. Thanks go to NAME(Christi Alice Scarborough) for
her outstanding work!
- Some downtime due to planned server maintenance (replaced a harddisk).
- The site was down nearly four days due to hardware failure while the
admins were away.
- Rockbox v2.3 is released.
- iRiver progress: the LCD driver
- Call for help: We need information from Ondio owners for our
Archos Ondio port.
- Touchdown! The Coldfire BDM wiggler is working on the iHP-120 target!
Time for some sweet GDB debugging...
- We finally have rockbox.org, thanks to Jeff at Misticriver.
- Call for help! Please donate your broken iRiver iHP-1xx to the project!
- Good news for Windows users! You can now install the
daily builds with an installer
executable. Thanks to Christi Scarborough for that.
- We now have a Wiki for the
documentation. Feel free to join the documentation frenzy!
- The CVS repository has moved
- Rockbox can talk to you
- Version 2.2 is released
- Rockbox now finally runs on the Recorder V2.
- 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.
- 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
- The Chip8 emulator has finally been added to the CVS!
- Recording with flashed firmware is finally stable
- Can Rockbox be made to
play WAV files?
- Jesús Rodríguez Marcial posted his brand new translation of
- 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.
- idc-dragon called for
early adopter needed for player flashing.
- Druzina Dobravec brought a
Slovenian language file as
language number 20.
- Bernhard offered a
good advice to windows people using Archos. He says
DevEject is a good
- Todd Lowe was searching for
external battery pack options for FMR.
- Magnus Holmgren managed to improve the speed of the ROLO quite a
lot with his
descrable in assembler fix.
- 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.
- One of those interesting threads on
should you really buy a JBFMR20?.
- 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!
- Gadi Cohen brought a patch that now offers
working hebrew for Rockbox.
- CombThins brought a thought-through suggestion on
how to support nested playlists.
- idc-dragon got a bunch of
SST39 flash chips he offered in case anyone feels like "patching" their
units to become flashable.
- 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
- Remo Hofer
suggested we move the fonts to .rockbox/fonts/ and the languages to
.rockbox/languages/. The suggestion got some support from various people.
- Daniel Stenberg fixed daily-zips to include full download packages including most
of everything users want, in one single zip archive.
- David Reis posted about his new
- Thomas Paul Diffenbach announced his intensions of a
battery run-time test with his new code for longer run-time.
- 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).
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed yet another FAT bug that could cause problems when writing
data. (It would make a false "disk full" message appear.)
- 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.
- 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?
- 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
- Jörg Hohensohn announced that
Rockbox runs from flash. It booted up and resumed music in 3 seconds!!
- Hardeep Sidhu committed his code that introduces
dynamic playlists to Rockbox.
- Björn Stenberg added the
plugin system. Multiple plugins were added really quick.
- Daniel Stenberg (digest author) is on vacation!
- 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...
- Tony Agee once again recycled the question
Why doesnt Archos buy/use RockBox software?
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing committed code that fixes the full-disk problem.
- 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
- Andreas Stemmer brought updates to FAQ entry 74, regarding digital
I/O on Archos.
- Björn Stenberg once again brought up the subject of the "
Red Led Dead" error and testing...
- 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...
- Björn Stenberg added more intervals to the time split feature for recording.
- Daniel Stenberg committed
Robert Hak's work on making Sokoban load the game levels from disk,
which saved almost 30K of memory.
- The demos are now re-enabled in the builds.
- Owen Sebastian Hofmann offered his
virtual file structures patch, that allows us to browse lists as if they are
- 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!
- Uwe Freese announced his
new ABSync release.
- 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!
- Romanian and Czech translations were added. 19 languages supported now!
- 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.
- 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
- Thomas Paul Diffenbach patch for new id3v2 parsing (plus genre and
composer support) was added.
- Dave Jones code that enables recordings split based on a set timer
- Magnus Holmgren and
Mats Lidell provided the patch for the status bar code cleanup
that Björn Stenberg and
Daniel Stenberg polished and committed.
- Kjell Ericson fixed a weird bug in the keyboard code for players.
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing went on a bug-hunt and could close three
bug reports within 20 minutes.
- Kjell Ericson did some more improvements on his jump scroll
feature and later it was also fixed to get saved properly.
- Hardeep Sidhu announced his
Dynamic playlist patch.
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
- Jean Boullier posted some
financial information about Archos 2002 results.
- Thomas Paul Diffenbach posted his suggested
modifications on genlang, to support lists easier/better.
announced his updated
minimalistic rockbox sdk for win32.
Roland boasts >500 downloads of
the previous version. Get it and post your comments!
- Kjell Ericson is looking for comments on his new
jump scroll feature for players. Experimental binary available for download.
- 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.
- 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.
- Björn Stenberg committed code that now finally makes the remote control
functional even while the keylock is activated in Rockbox.
- Is it possible to "protect" ideas and intellectual properties produced
for Rockbox, or will companies be able to steal/borrow our ideas?
brought up the subject.
- Jörn Hohensohn announced his
Survey for Rockbox in Flash based on his changes previously mentioned
here. Do check them out and post your findings!
- Stevie Oh's provided patch that improves VBRfix on files bigger
than 16MB was committed.
- 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
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed the bug that made a bad voltage level show at startup
- Jörn Hohensohn added flash manufacturer ID to the View HW Info
screen in the debug view.
- 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)
- Mark Spooner thinks his music
sounds better with the original Archos firmware.
- Jörg C. Pochmann says he want his scrolling files names to
start scrolling from end of filename, and a few other ideas followed...
- Jean Boullier wrote up a
help text for people
to be put on the Archos and read using Rockbox.
- Gonz brought up the subject wondering if Rockbox could be made to
sort the files to show playlists first.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.)
- 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...
- Danan introduced his
audio thumbnails patch, that makes your Archos play a specific mp3 when you
enter a directory, and thus improves "blind" maneuvering.
- Alan C mailed in about his
battery voltage problems that truly show weird behaviors on his unit. Is it
a Rockbox issue?
- 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)
- Learn how Dave Jones made it possible to make
3+ days recordings with his Archos.
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing committed the
first code for FM tuner support on the FM Recorder.
- Stevie-O presented his
new menu design suggestion (with binaries).
- Mike Holden brought a very
technical report on his findings in the search for the Red Led Death.
- 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.
- I heard a rumour from a person who actually has listened to radio on his
FM Recorder running Rockbox...
- 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.
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing made the
disk spin down faster while recording.
- Roland requested comments on his
switch icons on/off in dir-browser patch.
- Johan Vromans provided his suggested Q73 for the
Help! My recorder crashes when I copy files to it!.
- 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.
- Would you like to get the digest mailed out once per week or perhaps
once every two weeks? If so, mail rockbox-digest at haxx.se 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.
- 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!
- Daniel Stenberg made the
feed validate fine, to make people happier. I even added one of those
bragging buttons to the
Discussions followed on how to write proper RSS stuff.
- Mikkel Moe brought translation number 17 to Rockbox: Norwegian.
- Brent Geery started a
discussion on why there aren't more settings to control the MAS for
- 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
- Daniel Stenberg attempts to produce an
RSS feed for this digest
- Several standard-builds of Rockbox now excess the maximum image size of
- The "caption backlight" works on Player models too now.
- Magnus Öman brought the inverted cursor to the recording screen
- The demos are now disabled globally to reduce the image size to start
- Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed a message-display problem that caused some playlist loadings
to go nuts.
- John Hudak expressed his confusion with
using his Archos on a Mac, and he later posted
this summary at watervalley.net. 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.
- 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
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...
- c s mentioned his work on getting
automobile ignition to stop play.
- Björn Stenberg committed his fix that now makes the status bar on Recorders only
get updated when information actually has changed.
- 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...
- 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.
- 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.
- Daniel Stenberg announced the presence of this digest on the
mailing list and on the
- Daniel Stenberg posted his
suggested new keymapping for Rockbox Recorders to the list.
- 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.
- Daniel Stenberg made keyrepeat in the X11 simulator start working.
- 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
- 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.
- Jeff Peterson missed the
FM tuning functions in Rockbox for the FM Recorder, and correct, they are
not supported by any Rockbox code yet.
- Paul van der Heu pointed out the recently annonced
Philips HDD100 portable mp3
- 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.
- Jörn questioned the
current use of F2 and F3 and several other guys seemed to agree.
intend to post a completely redesigned keymapping suggestion
soon... Jörn made the scroll and status bar ON/OFF possible to set
using the menu.
- 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.
Linus Nielsen Feltzing made mono recordings do a better Xing header. Later
verified to work by
- Stefan Meyer submitted
his patch that introduces file search in Rockbox.
- 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.
- 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.
- Jos Laake found an
odd recording bug that
Linus Nielsen Feltzing fixed almost immediate. It turned out to be a
Xing header problem.
- 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.
- c s announced his
Alternating WPS Lines proposal, with patch and mods available.
- BoD inroduced his
applet to the the list.
- Magnus Öman's "inverted cursor" patch was applied by
Linus Nielsen Feltzing. There's a new setting in the display section for enabling it.
- Thomas Paul Diffenbach
reminded us about his ID3 tag parsing code patch number
706111 and explained how it parses genres.
- 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
- 2.0 was released. Much
- The all new pdf manual
deserves a special mentioning. Jose Maria Garcia Valdecasas Bernal made
a huge effort with that one.
- Numerous fixed bug reports on
sourceforge were closed.
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