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Subject: Ladies and gentlemens, we have a lot of sound on the Creative ZEN, ZEN Mozaic and ZEN X-Fi

Ladies and gentlemens, we have a lot of sound on the Creative ZEN, ZEN Mozaic and ZEN X-Fi

From: Amaury Pouly <>
Date: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 17:13:00 +0200

I'm pleased to announced that Rockbox successfully played its first tracks
on the Creative players:
Creative ZEN Mozaic: Bonobo - Black Sands - Prelude
Creative ZEN: Al Jarreau - Boogie Down
Creative ZEN X-Fi: Chill Carrier - Beautiful Flow

I had to go the ugly way and simply reformat the internal storage using FAT
instead of the proprietary file system. This prevents dual-boot but rockbox
works great on those targets !
I also have radio working on the ZEN and ZEN Mozaic, and it is probably a
matter of minutes before it works on the X-Fi too. Speaker is not supported
yet but I know the pins, only the glue is missing. USB is working fine too
and even though we are missing cpu frequency management, the clock is
running at a reasonable frequency by default so battery life should be okay.
It should be noted that I basically rewrote tools/mkzenboot to make a nice
rbutils/mkzenboot with proper support for many options and potentially
great integration into Rockbox Utility. The only real problem left for
installation is that it needs MTP: we have a tool which works under Linux
and Windows (utils/MTP/sendfirm) but it is not integrated into Rockbox
Utility and on Linux it depends on libmtp, so any help toward better
support & integration is really welcomed here.
I should also say that the SD slot of the ZEN and X-Fi is working, but we
don't support write protection (although I know the pins involved in WP

Finally, the most important issue: these three targets have a small led
(dimmable blue on ZEN, dimmable red/green on others): what should we do
with them ? I thought we could use them as a battery indicator (color) +
disk activity (flash) if possible.


Amaury Pouly
Received on 2013-10-21

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