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SanDisk Sansa View

SanDisk released a player during autumn 2007 called Sansa View which basically is a beefed up e200 with a better screen and larger NAND.

Contrary to other players from SanDisk released this autumn, this player remains having the mi4 file format for firmware upgrades and the main SoC is PP-like although with Nvidia GeForce magic applied.c At this point in time, it is still not quite determined exactly what model it is. The firmware mentions "PP6110".

They even seem to still have an AMS codec chip in there! The AS3517 is easily visible on pics posted here. (The e200 and c200 both use the AS3514.)

The mi4code tool can decrypt and encrypt the View's firmware just fine.

Disk Layout

markys in the forum showed us a fdisk output at it looks like:

debian:~# fdisk -l /dev/sdb
Disk /dev/sdb: 8220 MB, 8220311552 bytes
253 heads, 62 sectors/track, 1023 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 15686 * 512 = 8031232 bytes
   Device Boot      Start         End      Blocks   Id  System
/dev/sdb1               1        1019     7984379    b  W95 FAT32
Partition 1 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
     phys=(0, 4, 11) logical=(0, 8, 27)
Partition 1 has different physical/logical endings:
     phys=(669, 23, 0) logical=(1018, 15, 2)
Partition 1 does not end on cylinder boundary.
/dev/sdb2            1019        1024       43008   84  OS/2 hidden C: drive
Partition 2 has different physical/logical beginnings (non-Linux?):
     phys=(157, 24, 1) logical=(1018, 15, 3)
Partition 2 has different physical/logical endings:
     phys=(679, 55, 0) logical=(1023, 137, 24)
Partition 2 does not end on cylinder boundary.
Firmware Image

For your convenience, here's a small zip file collection with Sansa View firmware and bootloader images:

Hidden Partition Format

Similar to the e200 series, the View has its boot loader, main firmware image and more kept in the "hidden" second partition. At least large parts of it is laid out exactly as described in the Rockbox wiki page SansaE200FirmwarePartition

markys provided a second partition image dump, which I store local and offer for download here: part.gz 5.2MB gzip compressed.

Updated: December 28, 2009 17:21 (Central European, Stockholm Sweden)

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