Thanks for the welcome and reply. I got that bit with tht einternal buttons and the driver. I even drilled a little hole in the casing so I can hit it with a paperclip without opening her up every time. It actually looks pretty nice(!). I found that, at least for me, when your player is off, if you hold the internal button while you plug your player into the computer, it does the same thing. And it's easier than fiddling around with two paperclips at right angles to each other.
I've successfully booted linux with usbtool 12, but I want to write the bootloader to flash. I don't think the usbtool 13 command writes the bootloader to flash on a vx777 the same way it does on a vx747, or else I'm doing something wrong.
I've been experimenting with the methods they use for the Rockbox project. They (as far as I can tell) patch the firmware with the bootloader, then upload that to flash. They can even do a dual-boot this way, though it's not clear whether it's possible on the 777. I thought maybe if I patched the firmware with Das U-Boot, the bootloader this linux install uses, as opposed to the rockbox bootloader, I might be able to do it that way. Unfortuantely, I decided to make a normal rockbox install first, something went wrong, and I bricked my player
. Once I get it up and running again, I'll give it another shot.