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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



Category: Main -> Software and player operation questions
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·  Why do the visuals disappear every time I put it in the car? 
·  I just got my new player and I have many gigs of MP3s to install. Is there anything I need to keep in mind? 
·  Why can't I add more than one song at a time? 

·  What does the flashing LED on the faceplate mean?
 (Entry last updated on February 6th, 2004)

The pulsing "standby" LED indicates that the unit is in standby mode. This means that when you press a button on the remote or the front panel, it will wake up and begin playing music instantly, without having to reboot.

(If nothing happens when you press a button, look at the boot log in hypterterminal and have a browse through the troubleshooting section.)

Technically, when the unit goes into standby mode, it actually does the following:

  • Pauses playback.


  • Spins down the hard disk(s).


  • Turns off the display.


  • Turns off the Amplifier Remote line (to mute the amps in your car).
Otherwise, everything is running (CPU, software, and all) the same way it was when it was playing.

There are several ways to place the player into standby mode. You can select "Power off" from the main menu, you can press and hold the Source button on the Rio remote control, you can turn off the car's ignition, or (in version 2.0 and later) you can hold the "down" button with the "Power off" menu highlighted for a choice of timed shutdown options.

The player does not normally go into full-power-off mode when it's plugged into AC (home) power. As long as there's power to the AC plug, it will either be playing or it will be in standby mode. If you wish for the player to be fully powered off, unplug it. Note that it is not necessary to put the player into standby mode before removing the power, it's designed so that you can safely remove the power while it's playing tunes.

On DC (car) power, its behavior is slightly different. In the car, it is possible to make the player power off completely. When you turn off the ignition in your car, it should drop into standby mode, and then stay there for a couple minutes before shutting off completely. The amount of in-car standby time is configurable from within the Emplode software, in the "Configure Player" screen.

When it's in standby mode in the car, you can press any button and it will wake up and begin playing, even if the key is off. After you do this, it will continue playing as long as you like. This is useful for situations like tailgate parties. Be careful, though, because leaving it playing for long periods without the engine running can drain your battery.

If you put the player back into standby mode with the ignition key turned off, the standby timeout will begin again, and it will shut itself off completely when the timer expires. You can tell the player has shut itself off completely because blinking light will go out. After the player has fully powered off, you will need to turn on the car's ignition again in order to wake the player.

(Note: This standby-on-ignition behavior applies only to Mark 2 and 2a units. Mark 1's did not have a separate ignition-sense wire.)

Some people have reported problems with their keyless entry systems when the unit is on standby while plugged into the dash. If this happens, use Emplode to reduce the standby time to five seconds or less. Then your keyless-entry problems will go away.

Note: If your player does not go into standby mode when you turn off the car's ignition, check to make sure it is wired correctly, then click here.


·  Do I have to put the player into standby mode before I pull the plug? 
·  Can I copy MP3 files back onto my PC from the player? 
·  Is there anything I should keep in mind when I grab files from the player? 
·  Can I back up the player's playlists and music files? 
·  What is the best way to organize and listen to my music? 
·  How can I keep my PC and my car player in perfect synch? 
·  How do I upgrade the firmware on the player, and will it erase my music files? 
·  Is it bad for the player if it gets too hot or too cold? 
·  Do I have to use the remote, or can I do everything from the front panel? 
·  What do all the buttons do? 
·  What's this I hear about a 'Stun/Kill' button on the remote control? 
·  What is a parametric EQ, and what does the 'Q' parameter do? 
·  Where can I download a list of EQ presets? 
·  How do I know what the hard disk is doing? 
·  Does disk space get wasted if I make a second copy of a song in a different playlist? 
·  What about editing/renaming multiple copies of the same song? 
·  How can I be sure that I've deleted all copies of a given song? 
·  How do I make albums play in the correct order? 
·  How do the Tweak Order functions work? 
·  How does the 'Ignore as Child' option work? 
·  What in the world is a 'Wendy Filter'? 
·  How do the Bookmarks work? 
·  Can I delete songs from the player's front panel? 
·  How can I tell which tracks I have marked with the 'Mark' key? 
·  What search terms can I use in the Advanced Search box in Emplode? 
·  What is this 'Soup View' I hear other people talking about? 
·  What do the little letters mean on the Info:Track screen? 
·  When I move the player between the car and the house, what does it do differently? 
·  Are there any 'Easter Eggs' in the player? 
·  What do the various symbols mean on the 'Aux Info' screen? 
·  Can I reset the number of plays and other statistics? 
·  Why does it play clusters of artists or albums? 
·  How do I cancel out of a synch? 
·  How do I skip to the next album or the next playlist? 
·  What is a FID? 
·  What happens during a synch, and what do the stage numbers mean? 
·  Can I use a USB-to-serial converter dongle with the player? 
·  What are some other good tricks for using the player? 


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