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Subject: Re: iAudio M5 / X5 ?

Re: iAudio M5 / X5 ?

From: Wilmer van der Gaast <>
Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 12:07:10 +0200

On 19 apr 2006, at 22:54, Daniel Stenberg wrote:

> We don't know for sure yet, but there are indications that the M5 is
> more or less identical to the X5 but with a greyscale LCD that seems
> to be very similar to the LCD the iriver h1x0 models use (at least
> they use the same resolution and depth).
Okay, this sounds promising! Now I'm sure I won't have to spend the
extra euros on the X5L. :-)

> It takes some investigation and research, which has not been done yet
> and won't happen at all unless some M5 owner(s) step forward and do
> it.

I just found a thread on the forum with someone who has one but is
afraid to open it up. Well, since I'm hoping to do some development
(which will void the warranty anyway), I won't mind to open it up.
Maybe not immediately, but when I got it for a while. Let's hope I
won't have to drop it first. :-D

> We most likely need PCB scans at least, and we most likely need to dig
> around in the M5 firmware to dissassemble some parts for things like
> the LCD.
Understandable. The firmware images available for download on the
iAudio website aren't enough for that, BTW?

> But of course that makes no real sense until we can read ATA, use LCD
> and read keys on it.

Keys? Do you mean decryption keys? Sorry, I'm not very well-informed
here, even though I've seen most of the Rockbox wiki by now. Is there
any hacking document with more information about this process? How can
you read those keys even before reflashing the firmware? To me this
sounds like the typical chicken-egg problem, so I probably miss some

> then you can trial-and-error the bootloader and drivers pretty nicely
> since you can always reflash another image...
Okay, I just found the IaudioBoot page, looks good. So you can still
access the disk contents via the USB port, even when the on-disk
firmware is broken? Great!


Wilmer van der Gaast.

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