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Subject: Re: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

Re: Creative Labs Zen Xtra

From: BlueChip <>
Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 02:06:15 +0000

1. Rockbox has some quite tricky battery algorithms. Even still, I would
never leave it leave it plugged permanently, as by their chemical nature,
batteries prefer the drain-recharge cycle and not to do it any more than is
necessary. See for (too much) detail. And I would
certainly _never_ do it with the native Archos firmware.

2. Weirdness - are they saying that you should not try to transfer 40GB of
stuff in one go? Or are they saying that the last nGB of the drive cannot
be used?


I know nothing of the innards of the Zen so I could not comment on whether
it is "possible" to port Rockbox or not - my instinct says "no" because of
all their security crap - otherwise you are looking at a LOT of hard work
over the next few months :(


>I bought a Zen 40 GB unit but I haven't received it yet.
>Three things I noticed in the manual...
>It says :
>#1. You can't leave the unit plugged in all the time (I always have my
>archos plugged in at my office)
>#2. You should not load the unit to capacity because of battery
>constraints (then why make it that big?)
>#3. It says that you can't use it as a hard drive through windows explorer
>even though people have reported doing it.
>Can the Zen be reprogrammed with Rockbox? I already don't like their O/S
>and i've only just read about it...

Received on 2004-12-07

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