JuiceBox custom Linux cart

rom cart

The JuiceBox is a personal video player that was sold by Mattel that no one cared about. It was capable of playing MP3s off of an SD card and this summer you could pick them up for cheap as retailers dumped their stocks. [prpplague] has been hard at work creating a custom bootable rom cartridge. The MP3 adapter is a simple pc board with a SD card holder attached to it. The card is modified so the JuiceBox believes it is a video cartridge. An xD memory card is then soldered onto the back to act as storage. Using the JTAG connection on the JuiceBox and a serial console you can flash the bootrom, kernel, and ram disk from the SD card onto the xD. Once flashed the new custom cartridge will work on any JuiceBox. [prpplague] is still cleaning up the flash code, but it should be ready to go shortly.

Comments

  1. der.wolf says:

    if it uses an sd card already, why need the xd one?

  2. furtim says:

    Hack value; what else?

  3. fucter says:

    i cared about the juicebox… just not as much as the zipit, which is still a little too pricey fir me,when the zipits are say $50, i will buy several. (//i chat alot more than watching low res videos)

  4. tom61 says:

    “if it uses an sd card already, why need the xd one?”

    The built in bootloader does not boot off SD card, only NAND flash (which is what XD and smartmedia cards are)

  5. omegakidd says:

    Sorry to be off topic but I was trying to find a website where you can decode the barcode thing on the front of a drivers license by scanning it and running a program to find the information sotred in there. I don’t remember if it was ever on HAD or not and I tried searching google, but I am not too sure what to look for. All I found where card swipers and such. I’m not looking to decode the mag-strip, but the bar code on the front just out of curiosity.

  6. Deadlight says:

    here is the barcode decoder or one of many doing a quick google search I remember these guys were pretty much first on the scene with it

    http://www.turbulence.org/Works/swipe/barcode.html

  7. Deadlight says:

    here is the barcode decoder or one of many doing a quick google search I remember these guys were pretty much first on the scene with it

    http://www.turbulence.org/Works/swipe/barcode.html

  8. Jimmy says:

    Where the hell can I get these Juicebox things now? I went to walmart last night and found nothing. Do they still sell them?

  9. omegakidd says:

    Thank you deadlight very much. I wasn’t too sure what to search on google so I didn’t get what I wanted. What did you search for btw?

  10. flaunt_dzx says:

    I’ve been looking for a JuiceBox everywhere. The only place I actually saw one was at a Toys-R-Us in Madison, WI. It was also 50 bucks. I saw that someone got their box for like 15, so I said screw it.

    I’m not paying $50 for something I’m gonna bust(more than likely) anyways.

  11. Jimmy says:

    Does Anyone know where to buy one of these?

  12. ... says:

    http://search.ebay.com//search/search.dll?from=R40&satitle=juice+box is where I got mine :)

    It has been sitting in a box for almost a year now, perhape it is time to make it do something…

  13. Erik says:

    I saw a stack of these things at a Salvation Army for 25 dollars each. Check out your local thrift shops, it looks like companies have started dumping their stocks for a tax writeoff.

  14. ctk says:

    they have them in K-Mart for $20 bucks on clearance…

  15. ar says:

    They sell it at KB Toys for 24.99. It includes a juice box medica player, MP3 Starter Kit with card reader, USB cable, 32-MB card, CD-ROM software & flash card adapter, stereo headphones, carrying case and 3 media clips.

  16. MACC says:

    Hey this is pretty cool I have not tried it. Here is another reason to buy but I do not have one yet so I can not check the juicebox software for sure.
    http://lists.gnumonks.org/pipermail/legal/2005-November/000578.html

    http://lists.gnumonks.org/pipermail/legal/2005-November/000586.html

  17. sparr says:

    KB Toys is going to have the entire JuiceBox bundle, that includes the “MP3 Kit” and some carts, for $25 on black friday.

  18. Pocketbrain says:

    I picked up one on Saturday. They still had stacks and stacks of them. They will probably be available for the sale price until they sell out. I imagine there is considerable apathy toward the whole product line, which will result in quite a bumper crop of spare units. Hopefully, they will go for $5 after Christmas. It’s worth it for the SD/MMC reader, USB extension, and spare 32MB SD card. The one I bought for test works quite well for mp3 play.

  19. steve says:

    I know the posts are old but i bought 2 juice boxes for .90 each and 2 starter kits for $5 each at a kmart in kentucky

  20. EJ says:

    STILL waiting on that Linux coding, any luck? This is the closest I’ve come to finding a programable cart for the Juicebox and I’m tired of having to use the Juicebox software… I know the Juicebox is capable of playing videos, just waiting….

  21. memals says:

    if you have a good google around no one seems to have replicated this, unfortunately seeing as how old this is now it was a fake :(
    pity.

  22. Bob Smith says:

    they can currently be found at the 99 cents only stores in grey, blue and red while they last (I got mine from southern CA San Diego area)

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