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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? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on February 21st, 2002)

The keys 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8 on the remote control are used for the Tweak Order functions. On the Rio remote control, they are even labeled:

2= Tweak order by Artist
3= Tweak order by Source (Album)
5= Tweak order by Genre
6= Tweak order by Year
8= Swap Next
This is mostly useful when you are listening to the entire contents of your player shuffled. It works like this: If you are listening to a large shuffled list of songs, and you come across an artist you like, you can press the 2 key.

This will search the remainder of the current list of songs for another song by the exact same artist. If it finds one, it will swap the next song with the song it found. It will do this without interrupting playback.

To see it in action, it's best to watch it using the "Info:Now and Next" screen. It will work in any screen, you can just see the results best in Now and Next mode.

Note that it only searches the remainder of the current list of songs in its search for a match. For instance, if there was a song by that artist before the current song, it won't be found in the search. It assumes you already heard it and don't want to hear it again.

You can press the 2 key multiple times, and it will continue to search for more of the same artist, and queue the songs up after the last tweaked result. For instance, if you press the 2 key several times, it will place one song after the current song, then another after that song, then another after that song, etc.

The other keys (by Source, by Genre, and by Year) work the same way. If you press 3, it looks for more songs from the same album, etc.

In version 2.0 of the player software, they added the functionality to filter out undesired artists, albums, and genres. Hold down the desired Tweak button to make it skip all upcoming songs which match the criteria. For instance, if a Britney Spears song comes up in the shuffle, hold down the 2 key to skip all Britney Spears tunes. This has been nicknamed the "hate artist" tweak, but you can also do it with the Genre button, for example. Note that you must own a Rio remote control for this purpose, it won't work with the Kenwood remote.

The 8 key (swap next) works a little differently. It lets you randomly swap a song into the next song position. Again, it's mostly useful when in "Now and Next" mode. If you see that the next song is one you're not in the mood for, but you don't know exactly what you are in the mood for, you can press the 8 key and it will randomly choose another song in place of the next song. It also does this without interrupting playback.

Note that all of these tweaks are only temporary. If you are playing a specific playlist, and you use a Tweak Order feature, it only affects the current running order of the songs, not the actual playlist itself. Re-selecting that playlist will put things back the way they were. For instance, if you use the "hate artist" tweak, the artist will still be in that playlist, they have just been temporarily sorted out of that particular song run.

·  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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