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post #196 of 465
rockbox is the easy part - there is a utlity that installs the bootloader, rockbox software and some add ons. Its a two click affair.

Im very happy with my 32Gb mini - will happily replace my 30GB Iaudio x5l which is comapred to the mini, big and heavy - with a horrible control interface. My big thumbs and the joystick dont get along too well.
post #197 of 465
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Originally Posted by vikingboy View Post
For sake of future comparison,was that with EQrunning,crossfeed etc or just plain straight flac output and is that with earphones connected and if so,which ones? Just trying to establish a line in the sand for comparisons sake.

thx again
Ian
Roclbox, no EQ or any effects. Straight FLACs. Mostly with my SuperFreqs connected, but sometimes with iBuds. Had a load the whole time. No backlight ever. I did activelly change music a couple times. 2 albums I listened during the test.
post #198 of 465
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
Good to know. It was my relative newbie experiences on ebay so wasn't sure what to make of it. Worth making a note for when the 32's come down in price.

Well I just spent a "fun" evening doing the mini.

Things were going very smoothly (which surprised me a little as this is my first time at something like this)until I got to the point where the tutorial said "check the battery works before putting it back in the case". Well I did that, everything came on as it was supposed to, but then wouldn't turn off! So I disconnected the battery to shut it off and as I was doing that the top part fell off! After much cursing I noticed that there was a small clip designed for it to be snapped back on. Did this, fitted the mini back together and fired up itunes to restore the ipod (the card was brand new so hadn't been formatted yet). Restore worked and now have a 15.08 gig working mini ipod

Not got round to doing rockbox yet (ironically thats the part I'm most likely to **** up tbh!)but will this weekend.

Moral of the post? If I can do this mod than so can most people. Just need to take it steady.

Cheers.
It wouldn't turn off because of no click wheel
You did exactly right, remove power by unplugging the battery.
And you figured out the the hold switch, headphone input, and remote panel is a little sub module. I'm in the habbit of just taking that thing off when doing work on a Mini.

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Originally Posted by vikingboy View Post
rockbox is the easy part - there is a utlity that installs the bootloader, rockbox software and some add ons. Its a two click affair.

Im very happy with my 32Gb mini - will happily replace my 30GB Iaudio x5l which is comapred to the mini, big and heavy - with a horrible control interface. My big thumbs and the joystick dont get along too well.
Rockbox is easy to install, but you might have a problem with the bootloader. The latest code has already fixed the problem, but the ipodpatcher.exe that you get from the site, installs an old version of the bootloader. I have a good one though if anyone runs into trouble.
post #199 of 465
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Originally Posted by Hayduke View Post

Rockbox is easy to install, but you might have a problem with the bootloader. The latest code has already fixed the problem, but the ipodpatcher.exe that you get from the site, installs an old version of the bootloader. I have a good one though if anyone runs into trouble.

I wouldn't mind a copy of that if thats ok please?
post #200 of 465
Dammit, only recently got rid of my old ipod mini.
post #201 of 465
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
Good to know. It was my relative newbie experiences on ebay so wasn't sure what to make of it. Worth making a note for when the 32's come down in price.
I think mine was flashman too, about a week to get my card.

Would it be useful if we all posted some information on our flash upgrades? That might help others planning to try the same thing (though so far, problems seem few and far between). For example, in my case:

Player: iPod mini 2nd gen
Firmware: 1.4.1
PCB rev: 1648
CF card: 16GB Adata
Capacity: 15.07 (From Winamp)
Require power adapter after restore: No
Require "menu+select" to cold boot: No
Rockbox: Not tried

I don't know how important that second last one is, and not having tried Rockbox I don't know what to list.

Also, given that CF cards are thinner than the microdrives, and don't have the rubber bumper either, are any of you filling up the missing space? The bottom edge of my clickwheel feels a bit "loose" and I wonder if that's because of the large gap behind it.




Oh, and I'm just wondering when 64 GB cards will be available. A Google search shows that there was some news about Samsung being able to make them over a year ago, but still nothing on the market.
post #202 of 465
I've been having some fun ebay woes. One the first mini I got the bottom endcap wouldn't stay on, and there was visible flaws where the person had pried against to open the unit up. The second one looks much better, but it was supposed to have a brand new battery... and it lasts less than 30min playing continuously, untouched. lol.
post #203 of 465
As promised guys, 1000mah battery run plot from a 32gb CF mini running Rockbox, connected with Shure E530 IEM's. Playing all tracks repeated, volume at casual listening volume, no EQ, crossfeed or other processing.

Not as long as i would have expected @<20 hours so doubtful this is actually a 1000mah battery, looks about the same as a 850mah on to me.



Ian
post #204 of 465
Hmmm, I'll really want to look at putting together a battery testing rig somehow then. Possibly though, the battery life might improve after the first few runs. I think my laptop had a recommendation to fully charge and discharge the battery three times on first use.

Also, I think runtime might drop slightly with a larger capacity card.

How did you get that runtime plot BTW?
post #205 of 465
Btw. I heard that since rockbox isn't as efficient as the Apple OS, you could use Musepack (.mpc) instead of MP3 because it requires less decoding power from the CPU.

Link: #rockbox 2008-03-31


Vikingbox, please use .png for graphs like that. JPEG artifacts make my eyes bleed
post #206 of 465
Thats awesome. I used to have a mini, but I broke it trying to upgrade the battery :P.
post #207 of 465
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Originally Posted by FS2 View Post
I think mine was flashman too, about a week to get my card.

Would it be useful if we all posted some information on our flash upgrades? That might help others planning to try the same thing (though so far, problems seem few and far between). For example, in my case:

Player: iPod mini 2nd gen
Firmware: 1.4.1
PCB rev: 1648
CF card: 16GB Adata
Capacity: 15.07 (From Winamp)
Require power adapter after restore: No
Require "menu+select" to cold boot: No
Rockbox: Not tried

I don't know how important that second last one is, and not having tried Rockbox I don't know what to list.

Also, given that CF cards are thinner than the microdrives, and don't have the rubber bumper either, are any of you filling up the missing space? The bottom edge of my clickwheel feels a bit "loose" and I wonder if that's because of the large gap behind it.
I don't think anyone has had any issues with the Apple OS. Only when trying to use Rockbox. I'm the only one that had battery issues too, and I think it turned out to be a bad USB>iPod cable.

Regarding the CF card vs mini drive. I re-used that rubber bumper. I took it off the hard drive and put the CF card in it. Fits great

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How did you get that runtime plot BTW?
Rockbox comes with a plugin called battery bench. It creates a log file you can graph. I could graph my 800mah battery log, but I didn't bother. I just wanted to know how long it lasted.
post #208 of 465
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Originally Posted by Hayduke View Post



Rockbox is easy to install, but you might have a problem with the bootloader. The latest code has already fixed the problem, but the ipodpatcher.exe that you get from the site, installs an old version of the bootloader. I have a good one though if anyone runs into trouble.

Well I tried installing Rockbox tonight (windows formatted ipod mini gen2 on a mac mini)and sure enough it didn't work. Any chance of a version of the bootloader hayduke? Either that or a link on how to do it myself? I have both a mac and a (fairly crappy but it works)pc so either version would be fine.

So in summary it looks like that the choice of cards is less critical if your just using itunes.
post #209 of 465
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Originally Posted by davidcotton View Post
Well I tried installing Rockbox tonight (windows formatted ipod mini gen2 on a mac mini)and sure enough it didn't work. Any chance of a version of the bootloader hayduke? Either that or a link on how to do it myself? I have both a mac and a (fairly crappy but it works)pc so either version would be fine.

So in summary it looks like that the choice of cards is less critical if your just using itunes.
What is it doing when it boots? What steps did you do to install Rockbox? Did you use the manual method or the gui installer?

I had to replace the bootloader because I was getting partition not found errors (or something like that).

Here is a link to the wiki page on ipod bootloaders and ipodpatcher.exe
IpodBoot < Main < TWiki

I don't have access to the bootloader I compiled (it's at home on the laptop and I'm at work), but I can post it when I get home. Can you attach files in these forums? If not, I guess I'll put it on Rapidshare or something. Any other suggestions on where to host it?
post #210 of 465
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Originally Posted by Hayduke View Post
Regarding the CF card vs mini drive. I re-used that rubber bumper. I took it off the hard drive and put the CF card in it. Fits great
Lucky, you, I tried reusing the one peice bumper for the bottom of the card and I couldn't get it to fit between the CF card and dock connector. But even if I pad the space, I don't know if it'll fix the loose feel to the clickwheel.
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