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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? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on March 5th, 2008)

'Soup' is the nickname for the trees in Emplode that aren't playlists. These trees are automatically generated based on the tag information from the song files:


It doesn't actually say "Soup" anywhere in the software. This is just a nickname used by the developers while writing the software. Sometimes you will see this mentioned in discussions about the player because it's easier to say than "Artist, Album, Year, Genre, and All Tracks Views".

These views are only available in version 2.0 and later of the Emplode software. Prior to version 2.0, the only way to organize your music was with playlists.

By default, you can't "play" a soup view on the car player-- they don't appear in the player's menu. The Rio HSX-109 Digital Audio Center fully implemented these Soup views, and you can play them from its front panel, but the car player didn't get this feature added before it was EOL'd.

Orphaned songs (songs which are in the soup but don't appear in any playlists) can still be played by using the Search feature on the player. If you wish to find out which songs on your player are orphaned, do an advanced search in Emplode for refs=0.

The third-party Jemplode software has a feature that will turn Soup views into playlists for you, if you wish to access them on the car player.


·  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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