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Old 31-01-2007, 02:25
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Many members have sent me mails and I have sent them important links and files to help revive their mp3 player. However many replies have bounced back maybe since their account can't handle a 5.4 MB attachment.

So let me share some of the info here. The Afuud file is available on the accompaning CD. The firmware in the CD of many of the Chinese players don't work, making the player into a useless piece of electronics. If this is the case please go to the following link for some very usefull information to revive your "mass storage device" to mp3 player again. remember, one has to try couple of firmwares before the right one is found.

http://www.s1mp3.org/en/downloads_fw.php

Good Luck

pschitnis

HowTo: Extract and Repair Firmware

Extracting your players firmware is a very good idea just to create a backup of the original firmware files. It's no promise that you could always backup your player after some bad firmare update, but at least you have some more possibilities. First download newest version of s1fwx from this page and extract the archive. Then connect your mp3 player device to your computers usb port and wait until it gets detected. Now doubleclick the extracted file "extract.bat" or run "s1fwx f dump.bin" from the windows commandline console. Skip the disclaimer by pressing space and select the drive your player gets mounted to. (eg. if detected drives displays "<x>" then choose drive "x:" by pressing x) Now s1fwx should start extracting your firmware, this may take arround 10 seconds. If all went well and no error gets displayed it will display the content of the extracted firmware file as it was readden from your player.

Before you could update your player with this firmware file using the original "Mp3 Player Update Tool" you will first have to repair it. Start "repair.bat" or type "s1fwx r dump.bin". A backup will be saved at "dump.bi$" automatically and the repaired file is now available as "dump.bin". Notice that its not possible to do a firmware recovery with this file (only regular firmware updates) since there are missing files needed by the "Mp3 Player Update Tool" recovery mode. Since this files couldnt be found on your player you will need to get them from some official firmware file which is known to work with your players hardware. Either you first could recover to this firmware before updateing to "dump.bin", or you could insert the needed files from the original AFI file into "dump.bin" using s1fwx. The original firmware has to support your flash chip(s). It doesnt matters if its just using different backlight or key-mapping.

HowTo: Extract Firmware Files

Here some example how to extract the whole content of the AFI file "firmware.bin". Place firmware and s1fwx in one folder, open commandline console (run "cmd") and go to the folder containing the files. To extract the AFI type "s1fwx x firmware.bin". Then make a sub- folder "md fw", change "cd fw" and extract the firmware files using "../s1fwx x ../fwimage.fw". Now you should have extracted all the files usually included in some general firmware file.

HowTo: Archive Firmware Files

To modify files in a firmware you will have to extract, modify and then archive the files back together to one AFI file. First generate the script from the firmware file "firmware.bin" using "s1fwx s firmware.bin >firmware.bin.script". Then extract the files and modify their content if you want. if you want to add or remove files or change file specific parameters edit the generated script using an usual text editor (i think the syntax is self explaining). To archive the files back together type "s1fwx a new_firmware.bin:afi <firmware.bin.script ".
This could also be used to archive firmware files like "fwimage.fw". In this case use "s1fwx a fwimage.fw:fw <fwimage.fw.script".

HowTo: Recover To Extracted Firmware Files

Flashing your player with an extracted firmware file is a very simple procedure, just take care you repaired the extracted file (see above) and use the latest "MP3 Update Tool" available at the download section.
This works good until the day we flash our player with some partial corrupted firmware (a total corrupted firmware will damage the player permanently) and the update tool tells something about recovery mode and just opens an open-dialog. (maybe you will have to open your player and short some pins to get to this point, read the forum for further instructions)
If you select an extracted firmware file now, it just displays "Invalid upgrade firmware file". This isnt a bug of s1fwx! The problem is that recovering needs some extra files included inside our AFI-file that isnt needed for simple flashing. This files couldnt be found on the players flash, the only source is to look for them inside some original firmware files.
There are two methods to solve this problem and each of them expects you could find some original firmware file which is compatible to your players hardware and extracted firmware.

[Method 1]
- recover using some official firmware
- format the player (with the "MP3 Player Disk Tool")
- finally update to the extracted firmware file

[Method 2]
- extract the extracted and the official firmware file using s1fwx (only the AFI part)
- generate a script for both files ("s1fwx s dump.bin >dump.script")
- merge the scripts to some new script file using a text editor
- build a firmware using the new script ("s1fwx a new.bin:afi <new.script")

Both methods should have the same effect, give it a try
To modify files in a firmware you will have to extract, modify and then archive the files back together to one AFI file. First generate the script from the firmware file "firmware.bin" using "s1fwx s firmware.bin >firmware.bin.script". Then extract the files and modify their content if you want. if you want to add or remove files or change file specific parameters edit the generated script using an usual text editor (i think the syntax is self explaining). To archive the files back together type "s1fwx a new_firmware.bin:afi <firmware.bin.script ".
This could also be used to archive firmware files like "fwimage.fw". In this case use "s1fwx a fwimage.fw:fw <fwimage.fw.script".

Well good luck and wish you all success.

Just for your kind information, all the above posts are copy/paste of articles from the net, and should be cautiously approached as wrong kind of flashing can permenantly damage your device.

pschitnis

Last edited by Joe Forster/STA; 31-01-2007 at 06:27.
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Please visit link below for full details

http://www.badongo.com/file/2132586

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