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Subject: RE: Wanted: FM Recorder owner

RE: Wanted: FM Recorder owner

From: <>
Date: Thu, 19 Dec 2002 23:20:48 -0500

Well, you've gotten your guinea pig.

The results wasn't quite what I'd hoped.

I have an Archos Jukebox Recorder Fm, with Archos firmware 1.30j.

I loaded ajbrec.ajz to my Jukebox Recorder FM's root directory. I did not
load the .rockbox directory.

I ummounted the Archos, disconnected the USB cable, and turned the Archos on
by pressing and holding the "on" button.

The Jukebox booted, and they immediately turned off (as if the battery were
too low to run); the battery level, prior to installation appeared to be
somewhat over half-charged, judging by the original firmware's battery

When I pressed "on", the Jukebox displayed the firmware 1.30j boot screen
and gain turned itself of.

I tried again after plugging in the charger. This time, the Jukebox firmware
boot screen changed to the rockbox boot screen (?) with a graphical
"Rockbox" logo, after the firmware boot screen's "progress meter" reach
approximately 40% "done".

The rockbox boot screen appeared to overlay a listing of my root directory;
I could see, on the second screen line, the name of my alphabetically first
directory. The top screen line contained icons I hadn't seen before,
apparently rockbox style.

At this point, no button did anything except the F3 button, which removed
the "Rockbox" logo to show the first several lines listing my root
directory, again with icons on the top line; and the off button, which if
held for approximately 4 seconds, shut down the unit after showing the
firmware "shutting down" screen.

No other button appeared to do anything; I was unable to scroll the
directory listing or anything else.

At this point, I connected the usb cable to my Windows 2000 Professional
build 2195 Service Pack 3 machine. The Archos displayed its USB screen, and
the system tray hardware icon appeared, but the Archos was not recognized by
the PC, with a "This device cannot start. (Code 10)" error, despite the fact
that the driver (TPPALDR.EXE) was running.

I tried disconnecting and re-connecting the USB cable several times,
ummounting (Windows lingo: "stopping") the Archos each time. The Archos was
not recognized, even after a warm reboot (system shutdown and restart).

This is where I'm at now: I can't get the Archos to start unless the charger
is plugged in; I can't get it to respond to any keys except F3 to clear the
boot screen and "off" to turn it off, and I can't connect to it via USB.

Suggestions or better, solutions, would be greatly appreciated; any
questions will be answered as best I can.


-----Original Message-----
From: []On
Behalf Of Björn Stenberg
Sent: Thursday, December 19, 2002 10:11 AM
Subject: Wanted: FM Recorder owner

Hi all.

I've looked a bit closer at the FM Recorder firmware file from Archos and
actually it doesn't differ all that much from "normal" recorder files - only
the header is different.

I haven't figured out all the fields of the new header yet, but from what I
know I've created a Rockbox firmware file for the FM Recorder that I would
like someone to test.

There should be no risk involved, I expect it will either work fine (booting
Rockbox) or, more likely, simply ignore the file and boot the Archos
firmware from ROM. In either case, you can always remove the file from USB
the normal way.

The test file is available here:

After testing, please report the result either directly to me or to the
Rockbox development list at

Thank you in advance.

Björn Stenberg
Rockbox - Open Source Jukebox Firmware -
Received on 2002-12-20

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