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Subject: Re: Beginner Help - Getting dumb as I get older

Re: Beginner Help - Getting dumb as I get older

From: Chris Holt <>
Date: Tue, 20 May 2003 23:51:26 -0400

On Tue, 20 May 2003 23:21:09 -0400, Raymond Casazza wrote:
>However, I do have one question. Is it normal to see the Archos firmware
>partially boot up and then be overtaken by Rockbox. That is what is
>happening to me.
>Did I not remove the Archos firmware properly? I can't find it on the
>harddrive, even using directory snoop. All that I have is the ROckbox
>firmware ajc file. I opened up the zip file directly into my root drive.
>I saw something about renaming the archos firmware, but couldn't find
>Thanks in advance for your help.

The Archos comes with a version of the firmware on a chip. Part of the
original firmware always boots up whether you are using the version on
the chip, an updated Archos firmware or Rockbox. In the case of recorder
models (like yours and mine) it looks for a file named ajbrec.ajz and
loads that. If it dosen't find that file, it resorts to the version on
the chip.

This is why you cannot find the Archos firmware on the drive. Because
it's not there.

I personally think this is a pretty good solution for updating firmware.
It ensures that even if you format the drive, you always have the
original version of the software to fall back on. Updates (or alternate
firmware like Rockbox) become as simple as putting a properly named file
(that's ajz by the way, not ajc) on the root of the drive.

There are a few flash based players out there that can be turned into
paperweights by a fouled up firmware upgrade!

Received on 2003-05-21

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