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\chapter{Getting started}
\section{Welcome}
This is the manual for Rockbox.  Rockbox is a replacement firmware for the
Jukebox Studio, Recorder and Ondio players made by Archos, the H120/140
players from iRiver and the Apple iPod Nano etc.  It is a complete rewrite of
the software used to make the DAP play and record music, and contains many
features and enhancements not available in the original firmware supplied by
the manufacturer.  Among the things that Rockbox has to offer are the
following:

\begin{itemize}
\item Faster loading than the \playername\ firmware
\item Uninterrupted playing of MP3 files {--} skipping is very rare
\item More control over how your music is played
\item Built in viewers for several common file types
\item Sophisticated plugin system that allows the Jukebox to run games,
a calendar, a clock, and many other applications.
\item Totally removable. (Removal of Rockbox before returning the
Jukebox for repair under warranty is advised.)
\item Optional voice user interface for complete control without looking
at the screen
\end{itemize}
Rockbox is a complete from scratch rewrite of the \playername\ software and
uses no fragments of the original firmware.  Not only is it free to
use, it's also released under the GNU public license,
which means that it will always remain free to both use and to change.

\opt{Ondio}{Although Rockbox also runs on the Archos Ondio series of
flash based MP3 players,  this is a recent development, which is not covered
fully in this manual.  Most of this manual will, however, apply equally to
Rockbox on the Ondio Jukeboxes.  For more details on the Ondio port, please
see the web page:
\url{http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/ArchosOndio}.}

\section{Getting more help}

This manual is intended to be a comprehensive introduction to the Rockbox
software.  There is, however, more help available.  The Rockbox website at
\url{http://www.rockbox.org/}contains very extensive documentation and guides
written by members of the Rockbox community and this should be your first port
of call when looking for further help.

\opt{player,recorder,recorderv2fm,ondio}{\input{getting_started/archos_choice}}


\section{Downloading Rockbox}

The latest release of the Rockbox software will always be available from
\url{http://www.rockbox.org/download/}.
 Windows users may wish to download the self{}-extracting Windows
installer, which works for all Jukebox models, but those wishing to
install manually or using a different operating system should choose
the .zip archive containing the firmware for their model of the
Jukebox.

\section{Installing Rockbox}

Using the Windows self installing executable to install Rockbox is the easiest
method of installing the software on your Jukebox.  Simply follow the
on{}-screen instructions and select the appropriate drive letter and Jukebox
model when prompted.  You can use ``Add / Remove Programs'' to uninstall the
software at a later date.

For non{}-Windows users and those wishing to install manually from the archive
the procedure is still fairly simple.  Connect your \playername\ to the
computer via USB as described in the manual that came with your \playername. On
Windows, the \playername\ drive will appear as a drive letter in your
``My Computer'' folder. Take the file that you downloaded above, and unpack
its contents to your \playername\ drive. You can do this using a program such
as \url{http://www.info-zip.org/} or \url{http://www.winzip.org/}.

You will need to unpack all of the files in the archive onto your hard disk. If this has been done correctly, you will have a file called \opt{h1xx,h300}{\fname{rockbox.iriver}}\opt{ipodcolor,ipodnano}{\fname{rockbox.ipod?}}\opt{ondio}{\fname{rockbox.ondio?}}\opt{player}{\fname{archos.mod}}\opt{recorder,recorderv2fm}{\fname{ajbrec.ajz}} in the main folder of your \playername\ drive, and also a folder called /\fname{.rockbox}, which contains a number of system files used by the software.

\section{Enabling Speech Support (optional)}

If you wish to use speech support you will also need a language file, available from \url{http://www.rockbox.org/twiki/bin/view/Main/VoiceFiles/}.  For the English language, the file is called \fname{english.voice}. When it has been downloaded, unpack this file and copy it into the \fname{lang} folder which is inside the /\fname{.rockbox} folder on your Jukebox. Voice menus are turned on by default.  See page \pageref{ref:Voiceconfiguration} for details on voice settings.


\section{Running Rockbox}

Remove your Jukebox from the computer's USB port. Unplug any connected power supply and turn the unit off. When you next turn the unit on, the Jukebox firmware will start to load, and then it will load Rockbox for you. When you see the Rockbox splash screen, Rockbox is loaded and ready for use.

\section{Uninstalling Rockbox}

If you would like to go back to using the original \playername\ software, then
connect the \playername\ to your computer, and delete the \opt{h1xx,h300}{\fname{rockbox.iriver}}\opt{ipodcolor,ipodnano}{\fname{rockbox.ipod?}}\opt{ondio}{\fname{rockbox.ondio?}}\opt{player}{\fname{archos.mod}}\opt{recorder,recorderv2fm}{\fname{ajbrec.ajz}} file.
If you wish to clean up your disk, you may also wish to delete the \fname{.rockbox} folder and its contents. Turn the \playername\ off and on and the normal \playername\ software will load.