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Subject: Re: confusing instructions for rombox/flash programming.

Re: confusing instructions for rombox/flash programming.

From: Jonathan Deonarine <>
Date: Thu, 12 Aug 2004 18:15:36 -0700

I believe that the first time you flash a 'fresh' (ie, never been
rockbox'ed) archos unit, you have to follow the flash instructions. (ie,
use the .bin file supplied with those instructions) You will be
flashing a release build of rockbox. After that, you can use the .ucl
files included in the daily builds/rombox builds/etc.

Basically, you need to program the rockbox loader (rolo) into the ROM
before you can program rockbox for the first time. Once you've
programmed the rockbox loader, you can load any ucl image into the flash

UCL is a compressed format, which is understood by rolo. Rockbox can
fit two whole images into the rom with compression, which is why you can
still boot into the archos firmware with rockbox flashed.

~Jonathan wrote:

> do you have to deploy rombox as a .bin only, and does it wipe the second image?
> eg, is it sufficient to rolo into abjrec.ajz, and then auto-flash the
> supplied .ucl file in the .rockbox/ directory or do you have to manually
> create and deploy a .bin image?
> the zip doesn't supply a .bin :-(
> can you use the flash plugin to deploy .ucl images or only .bin in the top level?
> some emails imply you can write a .ucl. But when I first did my flash,
> I had to have a .bin file
> confused!
> -George
> _______________________________________________

Received on 2004-08-13

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