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2008/08/25

Auvisio Alarm Station PX-4000: What a failure!

What is an alarm clock good for, if it doesn’t keep the correct time?! Zarro! 0:00!
Auvisio Alarm Station PX-4000
So I decided to get a not too expensive MP3-enabled Radio Alarm Clock and ordered Auvisio Alarm Station PX-4000 from the German mailorder Pearl for 49 EUR. Looks like I bought the last one, because now it’s not available anymore. :] Well, whatever, I’ll continue with my ramblings.
The awaited package arrived on Friday and already on Saturday I knew this piece of plastic and metal is pure rubbish. First I was surprised about the quite rather nice sound quality (even though a bit harsh on the highs), but a few hours later I found the clock to be out of sync some minutes. It’s running about 8 minutes too fast per 24 hours! What a joke!
Another big downside is the inability to set the volume for your MP3 alarm. It will just play at full volume, letting you wake up with an heart attack and waking up the entire house and probably neighbors of half the street too. :) Additionally, the FM radio receiving is pretty bad. Even the strongest channels have a loud hiss and other static.
The manual mentions upgradeable firmware with the software on the CD-ROM. But my package didn’t come with a CD-ROM. In the end I doubt that a firmware upgrade will fix the badly calibrated quartz of the clock.

Conclusion: Don’t buy this thing, as nice as it may appear to be from the specs! Unusable clock, unusable alarm, unusable radio. Not very good for being a radio alarm clock. :P
I didn’t find much on the Internet about this device, only one short review and a magazine review I’d have to pay for. So I’ll return it and try one of Pearls other MP3-enabled radio alarm clocks.

2008/04/09

My 13th very own custom Rockbox build for Sansa e200

So this is my latest build based on revision 17055. With my previous build I had a few crashes (black screen, still powered on until battery drain) and “data abort”. Also had the “normal” duplicates in database after updating to my last build. Now the View Ports Custom List Patch is included (again?). I also simply removed two less important patches, one being the cause for wrong parameter count in function ‘is_backlight_on’ when I tried to build with those.SanDisk Sansa e200

Update

Darn! I forgot to enable USB in the Makefile. Sorry for this inconvinience. Downloads are now with USB enabled.

News

  • new(?) game pegbox
  • many default themes now using new stripped bitmaps (included in “full zip”)
  • smooth resize committed
  • fixes for Sansa OF USB detection
  • fixes for WMA codec
  • multi-core tweaks

New Patches

  • customlist_vp_v8b.diff
  • multifont_for_customlist-20080403.patch

Updated Patches

  • albumart-smooth_resize-080407.patch

Removed Patches

Download

Patch Log

FS#8799 – User definable list dimensions (custom list for viewports)
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/customlist_vp_v8b.diff

FS#4733 – Multifont
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/multifont_for_customlist-20080403.patch

FS#5697 – bmp resize patch
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/albumart-smooth_resize-080407.patch

FS#7661 – Make ID3 info screen more readable
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/expand_id3_screen_line_width.patch
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Hunk #3 FAILED at 1225.
1 out of 3 hunks FAILED — saving rejects to file apps/screens.c.rej
** no-brainer fix (function parameters changed)

FS#7542 – This patch moves all the playlist creation from the root dir to the PLAYLISTS directory.
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/playlist_folder.patch

FS#7565 – support for the TPA tag
patch -p1 < /home/scheff/downloads/50-id3TPA.patch

FS#6800 – Sansa e200 backlight behaviour
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/backlight-thread-fading_r16180M-080128.patch

FS#6884 – Sansa E200 m3u/m3u8 to pla playlist converter
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/sansa_playlist_converter_V3.3.diff
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Hunk #1 FAILED at 1.
1 out of 1 hunk FAILED — saving rejects to file apps/plugins/CATEGORIES.rej
** no-brainer fix

FS#8070 – Sansa battery_bench plugin buffer overflow
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/sansa_batt_bench.patch

FS#8363 – Charger configuration for Sansa e200/c200
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/charge_e200_16657.diff

FS#8642 – Improve boot time on Sansa
patch -p0 < /home/scheff/downloads/bootloader_boost.patch

ChangeLog

[2008-04-12: Initial build accidently was without USB support.]
[2008-04-24: Use categories instead of tags.]

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