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·  How do I upgrade my player's hard disk? 

·  How are the songs stored on a two-drive player?
 (Entry last updated on February 13th, 2005)

If a player has two disk drives, newly-added songs will be stored on the disk drive with the most available disk space, as measured in free blocks.

For example, if your first disk drive has 1 gigabyte free, and you add a second blank disk drive to your player, then all new music you add to the player will go on to the second drive until you've filled it up to the point where there is only 1 gigabyte left on the second drive.

After both drives have the same amount of free space, it will tend to alternate between storing the files on the first drive and the second drive.

There is currently no way to tell which files are stored on which drive without fishing through the FIDs by hand at the shell prompt. Plans to implement a feature for this in the software have been cancelled. The player software currently does not care nor report whether a given song is on /drive0 or /drive1, and will search both drives for files when retrieving songs. Also note that a given database file (*1) might be on a different drive than its corresponding song file (*0).

For more information on how the files are stored on the player, see Roger's guide here.


·  Can I make my own visuals for the player? 
·  How do I put custom logos or kernels into the player? 
·  How do I change the animated company logo? 
·  What is the file format for the boot logo files? 
·  Is it dangerous to put a custom kernel or a custom logo onto the player? 
·  Where can I find source code for writing to the player's flash RAM? 
·  What controls the combination of company logos and custom logos at boot up? 
·  How do I edit the 'config.ini' file on the player? 
·  Can I customize the alternate-row coloring in Emplode? 
·  How do I create a set of 'favorite' visuals? 
·  How do I use Hyperterminal to connect to the player's shell prompt? 
·  Where can I find help on Linux commands? 
·  How do I send and receive files from the player? 
·  What is the file structure for the song and playlist files on the player? 
·  Can the player make MP3s from the radio, aux, or microphone inputs? 
·  How do I get this Displayserver thing working? 
·  Can I use Ghost or Drive Image with the disks? 
·  Can I add extra RAM to my player? 
·  Can the player's buttons be made to light up in the dark? 
·  Will we ever get voice recognition for the player? 
·  Can I install a cooling fan into the player? 
·  Can I add a digital output to the player? 
·  Can I use my player as a GPS navigation system? 
·  Can the player scroll lyrics in synch with the music? 
·  Can I customize the way the track information is displayed on the screen? 
·  Can I use a Palm organizer to control the player? 
·  Can I make a home docking station for my player? 
·  How do I upgrade my software? 


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