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RockBox oddity

I hadn't attached my Sansa Clip+ running RockBox to a Windows comnputer until this morning. It didn't go well. Not only did Windows not recognize the device, but the player itself froze.


Turns out you can unfreeze it by holding down the on/off button for 20 seconds. That's the easy part. The problem with connecting to Windows, apparently, is that RockBock only supports MSC mode for USB connections, but annoyingly enough, you can't set that in the RockBox firmware. You have to reboot the device into the Sansa firmware to set the USB mode. (You boot into the OEM firmware by holding down the left navigation button while turning it on.)

I can't recall it had to set the Clip+ to MSC mode to install RockBox. Since I did it through Fedora, it may have auto-switched to MSC, and that's why I had to force it into MSC now. I read somewhere that installing RockBox wipes the OEM firmware settings, so even if I had set the thing to MSC in order to install RockBox, I still would have had to boot back into the OEM firmware and force MSC mode.

I don't recall that being in the installation instructions for RockBox. If it isn't, it should be.
  1. Force MSC
  2. Install RockBox
  3. Boot into Sansa firmware
  4. Force MSC
  5. Boot into RockBox


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Mar. 15th, 2013 04:09 pm (UTC)
All of my computers are running Windows. Maybe it's just as well I haven't gotten around to playing with Rockbox on my Sansas. OTOH, maybe if you install it from Windows in the first place, it gets the right USB mode automatically? I would expect the installers would have this under control somehow - Windows is pretty prevalent out there in the user community.

I guess if I ever get around to it, I will find out.
Mar. 15th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
All of my computers are running Windows.

And this is why I thought it might be best to share this little discovery.

From the other side of things: I got back some comments on a short paper I had to write for class. Well, I did in theory. The comments were embedded in the PDF of my paper, and none of the software I use for reading PDFs recognize the comments as anything more than little yellow icons. I'm going to have to install Adobe Acrobat on something just so that I can see those comments. Of course, I don't have much that I can install Acrobat on. Just an old Dell Latitude running XP. I guess I'll have to keep that thing running XP, after all.

I find it annoying that there are still people in the world who apparently can't conceive of a personal computer that runs neither Windows or OSX. "But Acrobat is free! Therefore I can assume everyone has it, right?" No, not everyone does.

Of course, in my case, I actively don't want any Adobe products, even if they are free. Even if they did support Fedora or whatever. In fact, now that I think about it, I haven't even looked. They might actually have a package for running Acrobat on Fedora. But, even then, I still don't want the crap on my computer.

Why? Their attitude. Back when I was using Acrobat, the process for an update was:
  1. Update Acrobat
  2. Delete icon from desktop
  3. Delete icon from top level of Start Menu
  4. Run regedit.exe and delete the command that launched Adobe software at boot

Acrobat is more like a useful virus than a piece of software. I hate vendors who try to maximize profit through trickery. Just make a better product, okay? Don't spend your time thinking of new ways to force and/or trick people into using your stuff.

Hmm. Where the hell did that rant come from? I think I need to go eat some lunch.

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