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chrisjj:

--- Quote from: ZOS474 on July 25, 2016, 01:59:06 PM ---Thanks to the incredible work here, I have upgraded two of my old 8gb Creative Zens to rockbox and am beyond happy with the results.
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Do you have the problem that I found on every unit I tried? "about one in five RB start-ups fails with a BSoD requiring reset."


--- Quote from: ZOS474 on July 25, 2016, 01:59:06 PM ---Since I had to dig around to put the procedure together, I thought I would reproduce exactly what I did to get mine working.  I am using Windows 7 64 bit, but I expect the procedure should be similar for other windows versions.
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Thanks. Well Done!

dodddummy:
I've installed Rockbox on a creative zen and it works well.  Thanks!  There are a couple of things that seem like minor bugs but I'm not sure where to post them.

1) When I connect to my computer via USB the screen says, "Discharging", but it's clearly charging.
2) 'Battery' keeps cycling between 83% and 96% when it's finished charging. What does this mean?
3) I'm not sure this is a bug but it's different behavior than my Sansa e280 v2.  But when I used headphones that also have mic, the volume is much lower when plugged in fully.  I have to unplug it a millimeter or 2 to get full volume.  As I said, the e280 doesn't have this issue.

I've been using Rockbox for ages and it's a great project. 

pamaury:
Hi all,
I manage to reproduce the LCD problem on my ZEN X-Fi and traced it back to a hardware bug. I have implement a tentative workaround in
http://gerrit.rockbox.org/r/#/c/1428/
which completely solves the problem on my device. I'd like to get the feedback of more testers. Here are builds with the patch, note that you need to install a new bootloader because this is where the problem usually happens. As usual follow the instruction from https://www.rockbox.org/wiki/CreativeZENPort: download the firmware_zen_lcd.nk file and upload it using sendfirm.

* new bootloader: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ebre030vx3qp1h/firmware_zen_lcd.nk?dl=0
* new build: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i04b1468tci9ju1/rockbox_zen_lcd.zip?dl=0NOTE: for size reasons, the bootloader is singleboot (ie you can't boot the OF), this should not be a problem since you can't really dualboot unless you reformat anyway.

chrisjj:

--- Quote from: pamaury on December 12, 2016, 05:50:02 AM ---Hi all,
I manage to reproduce the LCD problem on my ZEN X-Fi and traced it back to a hardware bug. I have implement a tentative workaround in
http://gerrit.rockbox.org/r/#/c/1428/
which completely solves the problem on my device. I'd like to get the feedback of more testers. Here are builds with the patch, note that you need to install a new bootloader because this is where the problem usually happens. As usual follow the instruction from https://www.rockbox.org/wiki/CreativeZENPort: download the firmware_zen_lcd.nk file and upload it using sendfirm.

* new bootloader: https://www.dropbox.com/s/7ebre030vx3qp1h/firmware_zen_lcd.nk?dl=0
* new build: https://www.dropbox.com/s/i04b1468tci9ju1/rockbox_zen_lcd.zip?dl=0
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Many thanks. Swift tests show success on one unit and fail on another. I'll do thorough tests on more units and report.

Notes for other testers:

* Not mentioned in the install instructions is that (ISTM) you need to launch Reload Firmware with USB unplugged, then when asked to start download, plug in USB.
* Firmware filename differs from the previous version.
* To rapidly cycle the boot sequence, hold down the power slider.

RufusA:
Excellent work / effort Amaury - as ever!

I had a pre-owned Zen knocking round in a drawer (which I'd had to enlarge the reset hole to headphone size, due to the frequent LCD issues on boot); since installing this revised bootloader / rockbox it's not hung once out of 30 starts. Previously it was nearer a 50:50 failure rate.

So whatever you did, has worked for me!

Similar 100% success with my X-Fi, which was failing around 1 in 5 and again hasn't hung in 30 starts.

Many thanks for all your hard work and tenacity - Rufus.

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