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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)



Category: Main -> Upgrade, customization, and third-party software questions
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·  How do I upgrade my player's hard disk? 
·  How are the songs stored on a two-drive player? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on August 13th, 2008)

Hugo's original source code is here: download.c. This code can be compiled to run under either Win32 or Linux. Note that this simplified code only works on COM1 and has at least a couple known bugs.

The Empeg Logo Editor software for Windows includes an updated Win32 version which lets you choose COM1-COM4 and has the bugs fixed. Details of the bug fixes can be found here and here, and the full source code for the Win32 version can be downloaded from here.

An updated version of the Linux/Unix code was made by Bitt Faulk. This version supports Solaris, Linux, and other Unix operating systems, and its full source code can be found here.

When using this code to flash your player, make sure you know the correct flash memory address on the player. The addresses are a000 (hex) for logo files, and 10000 (hex) for custom kernels. You need to know the difference, because if you put a logo into the kernel memory location or vice-versa, the player won't boot.

Note:This code is only useful for uploading custom kernels (.zimage files) and custom boot logos into the player's flash RAM. This is not for installing full player firmware files (.upgrade files). For installing a full upgrade, you need these instructions.


·  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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