Several Chinese MP3 and MP4 player models are powered by the Fuzhou Rockchip, an integrated circuit that is specially designed for audio and video processing. Rockchip-powered MP3 devices are USB compatible with versions of Windows prior to Windows Vista, but are not recognised by Windows Vista systems. To use your Rockchip MP3 player with Vista you'll need to update the player's firmware to the most recent version and modify your Vista PC's system registry to recognise the Rockchip device.
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Things you need
- PC running an operating system other than Windows Vista
Log in to a PC that is not using Windows Vista. Plug your Rockchip-based MP3 player into one of the PC's USB ports.
Navigate to the MyMPxPlayer Rockchip firmware downloads page (see Resources). Locate the firmware that corresponds to your MP3 player that uses a Fuzhou Rockchip and click on the corresponding link to advance to a file information page.
Review the file information page and verify that the firmware file is appropriate for your player. Click the "Download" button at the bottom of the screen.
Read the firmware licensing agreement and click the "I Agree" button to continue to the download page.
Click on the download link next to "MyMPxPlayer.org" and save the file to the computer's hard drive.
Open the downloaded file and locate a text file named "Instruction.txt". Open this file and follow all instructions precisely to update the firmware on your Rockchip-based MP3 player.
Turn on your Windows Vista PC and navigate its web browser to the TechArena website registration page (see Resources).
Read the website rules, click the "I agree" checkbox and click the "Register" button.
Fill in all required information for TechArena registration and click the "Complete Registration" button at the bottom of the page.
Open the email account that you registered with and click on the email in your inbox that is from the TechArena website. Click the first link in the email to complete registration.
Download the Rockchip Windows Vista compatibility program from the TechArena website (see Resources).
Open the downloaded ZIP file and extract all files to your C:\Windows directory. Double-click the "rockusb.inf" file located in the RockChip 2K, XP, 2003 subdirectory. This will modify your Windows registry to allow your Rockchip MP3 player to work with your Windows Vista PC.
Tips and warnings
- Back up your registry before making any changes (see Resources).
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