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Subject: Re: Problem loading Rockbox into Recorder 20 V2

Re: Problem loading Rockbox into Recorder 20 V2

From: Daniel Stenberg <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2003 18:48:40 +0100 (CET)

On Tue, 25 Nov 2003, Andrew Glass wrote:

> Is there a known issue of compatibility with V2 and the older version 2.0 of
> rockbox?

Yes. Rockbox 2.0 doesn't exist for the v2 recorder. They use different
scrambling, so you can't just use the standard recorder version.

> So, for kicks I downloaded the V2 version and installed it. This was
> partially successful in that the Archos loaded the Rockbox software, but
> after bootup it froze on me with the USB connector icon showing in the
> display. I properly disconnected the USB from my WinXP machine after
> installing the V2 build, so I don't know why I'm getting this, but the unit
> is frozen and none of the keys has any effect. To get out of this I had to
> reconnect the USB cable and delete the .ajz file from the root directory,
> after which the normal Archos firmware loaded on reboot.

This is both good and bad news.

Good: the scrambling is correct, we know how to get a firmware to start on the

Bad: something basic/init seems to be lacking or bugging for Rockbox to run
fine on the v2. The amount of developers with a v2 and some clues to debug
this is: 0 (zero), with only very slim chances to change... And I don't think
asking Archos would change anything.

> So, I guess I've got a couple of questions. One, am I correct that version
> 2.0 of rockbox is not compatible with the Archos Recorder 20 V2?


> If that is the case, what would you recommend as the most stable release of
> Rockbox that is compatible with V2 - as I said, I think I've got a problem
> with the 11/25/03 release because of the USB connection hang up.

We've only made daily-builds for the v2 for a week or so, during which time
we've not experienced much with anything. Thus, I don't think you'll be able
to find a build that works 100% on your v2! :-O

> Sorry if this repeats an issue, but I've been through the archives and FAQ
> and can't find anything addressing this.

The v2 is so new it really hasn't reached the FAQ entries much yet.

 Daniel Stenberg -- --
Received on 2003-11-25

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