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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? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on September 29th, 2006)

Each song on the player has some dynamic statistics associated with it, such as the last time the song was played, how many times it has been played, and the graph of its volume levels for the Seek Tool screen. This information is stored on the player's dynamic data partition.

The latest version of Jemplode allows you to hand-edit some of these statistics. To erase this data and start over from scratch, install the developer version of the software and use the shell prompt to run the following command:

dd if=/dev/zero bs=512 seek=4096 count=28672 of=/dev/hda3

This should erase the per-song dynamic data without harming the player settings such as the tuner and EQ presets.

Here are some additional commands that erase the dynamic data partition (thanks Peter and Mark):

Fully erase the entire dynamic data partition, including EQ details, bookmarks, the current playlist running order, the tuner presets, and all per-song dynamic data (this may also clean up errors on the dynamic data partition as described here):
cat /dev/zero >/dev/hda3

Erase the current playlist running order and bookmarks, without touching the tuner, EQ, or the per-song dynamic data:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda3 bs=512 count=2048

If you've done the set-max-FID hack (and if you don't know what that is, don't worry about it), you also need to do this in addition to the previous command:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda3 bs=512 seek=2176 count=1920

·  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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