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Subject: Re: Blind Man's Guide to Flashing Rockbox

Re: Blind Man's Guide to Flashing Rockbox

From: Rocker <>
Date: Thu, 17 Jun 2004 20:39:43 -0600

Right on man! I feel much more confident to give this a try. Thanks for
taking the time...rocker]

----- Original Message -----
From: "[IDC]Dragon" <>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, June 15, 2004 11:42 PM
Subject: Blind Man's Guide to Flashing Rockbox

Blind Man's Guide to Flashing Rockbox

As you probably know, flashing Rockbox makes the boot time very short. The
procedure is a bit intrigued for the first time, updates are very simple
later on.
Here are step-by-step instructions on how to flash and update to a current
daily build (with the voice feature). It may be helpful as well to sighted
people because it more accurately tells you what to do than my previous
documentation, and doesn't bother you with background knowledge. I assume
you can install and operate Rockbox the usual way. The flashing procedure is
not really dangerous, will check for correct model, file, etc., if something
is incompatible it just won't flash, that's all.

For the full and slightly outdated documentation, see:

Now here's the steps:

1. Preparations
Install (with all the files, not just the .ajz) and use the current daily
build you'd like to have. Enable the voice features as helpful throughout
the process, menus and filename spelling. Set the file view to show all
files, with F1 -> General Settings -> File View -> Show Files set to "all".
Have it nicely charged. We don't want to take the slim chances that you run
out of power during the flash writing, right? Maybe keep it plugged to the

2. Backup the existing flash content, in case you ever want to revert the
Select F1 -> Info -> Debug. No more voice menu from here on, but we just
need to select the first entry, so press Play one more time. The disk should
start to spin. Wait for it to settle down, then plug USB to harvest the dump
file this has just created. The root directory of your box now should
contain two strange .bin files. Copy the larger one named
"internal_rom_2000000-203FFFF.bin" to a safe place, then you may delete them
both from the box.

3. Copy the new flash content file to your box
Depending on your model (recorder, FM, V2 recorder), download one of the 3
The zip archives contain two .bin files each. Those firmware*.bin files are
all we want, copy them to the root directory of your box. The names differ
per model, the flash plugin will pick the right one, no way of doing this

4. Flash the full firmware image
Unplug USB again, then select F1 -> Browse Plugins. Use the filename
spelling to locate "firmware_flash.rock", start it with Play. Wait for the
disk to settle. It now displays an info screen, press F1 to acknowledge that
and start a file check. Again wait for the disk to settle, then press F2 to
get a warning label (if the plugin has exited, you don't have the proper
file) and F3 to actually program the file. This takes maybe 15 seconds, wait
for the disk to settle again. Then press a key to exit the plugin. We now
have Rockbox version 2.2 in flash (no voice support), not exactly what we
want. So don't power it off, we'll do the update right away.

5. Update the flash to a daily build
All the above was necessary only once. This is how you from now on will
update the Rockbox version you're running. Use the browser of the box to
navigate into the ".rockbox" directory, play the file "rockbox.ucl". When
the disk has settled, press F2 to program it. This takes maybe 10 seconds.
After settling the disk again, your box is updated. You may power it off now
(unplug the charger first), and restart to enjoy the fast boot time.

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Received on 2004-06-18

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