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Subject: Re: X5 USB question

Re: X5 USB question

From: Brandon Hicks <>
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:50:10 -0700


Thanks for this info. I'm wondering if maybe I should switch back to the
IAudio firmware for a while anyways. I'm trying to decide either way,
because I want to be able to record direct from FM, being able to
quickly change stations and such which Rockbox doesn't do. But I
absolutely love the battery life I'm getting with rockbox and my ogg
files at -0.2 q, not to mention playback of AC3 files.

As for subpacks, when I took my first x5 back to the store, I forgot to
grab the subpack, so now I have two. One stays at home and one is for


Ray Lambert wrote:
> Brandon asked:
>> Does one absolutely have to use the subpack for USB after Rockbox is
>> installed, or can the USB on the side work as well? I realize that
>> the one on the side is the OTG, but I'm wondering if it also handles
>> data transfers from Windows.
> James Dean responded:
>> No. The one on the side is a host port only. (It can only receive
>> data) and that is for something like a camera. So, the only way you
>> can get it to show up in windows is to use the sub pack to plug it in
>> to the computer. I own one of these players myself and have no
>> complaints about it with rockbox except to say that I can't get it to
>> record and can't figure out why not.
> That's actually not true. If you're running the cowon fw, the usb
> port on the side does work to xfer files as well. I haven't tried it
> on Winblows, but it works on Linux and I would presume it works on
> Winblows as well.
> It does not work, however, if you're running rockbox. I suppose it
> would be nice to have this but, seeing as you need the darn subpack
> anyway just to charge the thing, it still won't save you from having
> to carry the subpack around with you; so it may not be worth the effort.
> I love the X5 but the subpack really sucks. I think it's a seriously
> ill-conceived configuration. I would have rather they made the X5 a
> little larger and done away with the subpack entirely.
> Speaking of the subpack, I keep meaning to inquire about this but keep
> forgetting: has anyone discovered if it's possible to obtain
> replacement subpacks? It seems like a very easy thing to break and/or
> lose. (Perhaps this is cowon's version of designed-in obsolescence?)
> It might be a good idea to grab a couple of replacements to keep on
> hand for a rainy day...
> ~ray
Received on 2006-11-23

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