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Subject: Re: file recorded on archos no program will play!

Re: file recorded on archos no program will play!

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2003 06:43:23 +0000

At 01:17 29/10/03 -0500, you wrote:
>Unfortunately, this didn't help at all -- it did find 4 bad frames,
>but still the file is unplayable -- after 30 minutes or so it seems
>to be playing near the end -- something is really messed up here.
>Now even if I can't salvage this one, how do I prevent this in the
>future, otherwise the archos is not much use as a recorder.
>Can we fix the firmware to use cbr or something?

i believe i am correct in saying that the chip only works in vbr - there is
nothing that the firmware can do about it.

I've got a worrying suspicion that the MAS is also the cause of the problem
- I could be very wrong here, but without looking at the code, I am
guessing that rockbox just streams what it is sent to a disk file.

What we need is a util that will fix the problem and then compile it as a
plugin to run on the recorder - if you get source from somewhere to fix the
problem compiling for the rockbox is quite simple and I imagine that it
will not be toooo slow either.

The only alternative is to hold the fixing program on the hdd so you always
have it to hand, but then we get into the "I run windoze, I run linux, I
run <blah>" problem :(

...yes some ansi source code would compile for pretty much any platform in
the world, but then you need to have the required skills to compile - not
something that most people have or want.

My suggestion is find an open source program that'll fix it and let us know
so it can be turned into a plugin.


find some closed-source freeware and contact the author - tell him what the
score is and how much fame he can have, and see if he'll part with his code?

you don't ask, you (often) don't get ;)

>on Wednesday 10/29/2003 Paul van der Heu( wrote
> > On Tue, 28 Oct 2003 22:47:24 -0500, John Covici wrote:
> > >I recorded a 79 minute file on my fm recorder -- using a pretty
> > >recent cvs, but the headers are messed up and no program will play
> > >the thing. I did try vbrfix, but it didn't do too well either, it
> > >gave me silence and changed the time from 79 to 111 minutes.
> >
> > Run it through mp3fixer ..
> >
> >
> John Covici
Received on 2003-10-30

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