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Subject: RE: updating firmware

RE: updating firmware

From: Sati Wullabbs <>
Date: Fri, 30 Mar 2012 23:00:18 -0700

This is great, folks. I like the great knowledge that flows from the list.

While on the subject matter, I was wondering if there is anyone on here that would help me get Rockbox going on my Sansa Clip+? I purchased this so as to give it to one of my blind students in high school. I have tried to install the Rockbox utility, but it isn't working so I wonder what I am doing wrong. I would truly appreciate it if there is someone that would be willing to help me.

Sati Wullabbs

“We live by faith, not by sight.” 2nd Cor. 5-7

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of Dominik Riebeling
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2012 1:13 PM
To: Rockbox
Subject: Re: updating firmware

On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 9:15 PM, William Porteous <> wrote:
> if you don't want to update you don't have to, but it is recommended.

Why is updating recommended? And who recommends updating? It's not like Rockbox is a networked software where bugs can be exploited by 3rd parties without you noticing. However, since newer Rockbox versions usually also fix bugs it's in general a good idea to update.
I wouldn't call that "recommended" though.

As for the original question: you will likely be unable to keep using your voice file, because the strings voiced are likely to have changed. However, this is not much of a problem because you can regenerate the voice file using Rockbox Utility (this obviously requires you to have said voice present on your PC, which I assume).
Rockbox Utility had bugs when creating voice files using SAPI voices on Windows, but these are fixed with the latest release of Rockbox Utility. Furthermore, if you want to play absolutely safe you can simply make a copy of your installation before updating. This is a simple as copying the folder ".rockbox" on the player to some other place and restoring it when needed. Rockbox Utility can also create a backup (it will put the files in a zip archive on your player), though there is no support for restoring such a backup (but that's as simple as extracting the archive to the root of your player, which is pretty much the same as manually installing a Rockbox build).

 - Dominik


Received on 2012-03-31

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