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What is Rockbox?

Rockbox is an Open Source replacement firmware for the Archos Jukebox 5000, 6000, Studio and Recorder MP3 players.


2002-10-15: Now the Player/Studio models run the same firmware. No more Old and New player firmware.

2002-10-11: Version 1.4 is released. Grab it.

2002-09-19: We now support multiple languages. You can help by translating Rockbox to your language. No programming skills required. See instructions here

(Old news items have moved to a separate page.)

Recent CVS activity

2002-11-29 13:57 zagor apps/settings.c
Added disk_poweroff to settings_apply() (still only for testing)
2002-11-29 10:21 bagder docs/README
mention perl, the recorder image name and that you can ROLO the new version
2002-11-29 08:49 bobthc apps/lang/francais.lang
added the "disk poweroff string translation
2002-11-29 07:05 bagder apps/settings_menu.c
use the proper #ifdef HAVE_ATA_POWER_OFF
2002-11-29 07:05 bagder firmware/config-recorder.h
HAVE_ATA_POWER_OFF is now defined and used if the platform has support for that control
2002-11-28 22:46 zagor apps/settings_menu.c
Added option to enable/disable disk poweroff (for diagnostic purposes)
2002-11-28 22:46 zagor firmware/drivers/ata.c
Added option to enable/disable disk poweroff (for diagnostic purposes)
2002-11-27 15:55 zagor firmware/drivers/ata.c
Added disk poweroff 2s after spindown. (Only for recorders yet.)
2002-11-25 20:16 linusnielsen firmware/mpeg.c
Even more recording fixes. No more lockups (i hope)
2002-11-25 00:02 linusnielsen firmware/mpeg.c
Saves battery when monitoring, no longer trashes the first frame, corrected DMA timing


This is a rough indication of which features we plan/expect/hope to be included in which versions. Naturally, this is all subject to change without notice.

Version 2.0
Recording, Autobuild playlists, File/directory management

About the hardware

I wrote a "dissection" page some months ago, showing the inside of the Archos and listing the main components. I have also collected a couple of data sheets. Also, don't miss the research notes from my reverse-engineering the firmware.

About the software

The player has one version of the firmware in ROM. The first thing this version does after boot is to look for a file called "archos.mod" on the Player/Studio or "ajbrec.ajz" on the recorder in the root directory of the harddisk. If it exists, it is loaded into RAM and started. This is how firmware upgrades are loaded. Note that you can revert to the ROM version by just deleting the firmware file.

Page was last modified "Oct 31 2002" Björn Stenberg