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A newer set of instructions has been written for loading custom Radio firmware

It is possible to force SqueezeCenter to push a specific build of Controller firmware out to controllers that connect to it by using a 'custom.jive.*' file.

How to load a Custom Jive firmware.

  1. Start out by downloading the Jive.BIN file you are interested in pushing to the controller.
  2. Rename the file you download to custom.jive.bin
  3. Extract or Modify the version file using either of the methods below:
    • Extract: the version file from the custom.jive.bin file and save it to custom.jive.version
    • Modify: locate your cache folder (see below) and copy jive.version file to custom.jive.version, edit the custom.jive.version file, change the first line to the target version. I.E. 7.0.1 r2448 > 7.2 r3191
  4. Stop SqueezeCenter server
  5. Copy these two "custom" files to the \\Cache ( < 7.3x ) or \\Cache\Updates ( 7.4 > ) folder
  6. Start SqueezeCenter server
  7. Connect your Controller, and you should be presented with this custom firmware version as a software update. Note: When using this method, no version data will be displayed on the Controller.

Once you are done testing, remove the custom.* files. SC will NOT auto-upgrade new firmware files to the Controller when they are pushed out, if the custom.* files are located in the cache directory.

The cache folder can be in a variety of locations depending on your OS. Typically at \\...\SqueezeCenter\Cache folder
Linux = /var/cache/slimserver/
Ubuntu = /var/lib/squeezecenter/cache
OSX 10.x.x = /Library/Caches/SqueezeCenter
Windows XP (7.3) = ..\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SqueezeCenter\Cache
Windows XP (7.4)= ..\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Squeezebox\Cache
Windows Vista = ..\ProgramData\SqueezeCenter\Cache\
Windows Home Server =
Windows Server 2000 = ..\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\SqueezeCenter\Cache
Windows Server 2003 =
NETGEAR ReadyNas =
note: Application Data & ProgramData directory(s) are hidden, you will need to display hidden directories to see them.
note: SqueezeCenter 7.4 cache folder will be renamed to ..[TBD]..\cache