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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? 

·  What controls the combination of company logos and custom logos at boot up?
 (Entry last updated on April 22nd, 2003)

The first four bytes of the flash RAM at block a000 control the player's boot up behavior:

"rioc": Rio logo followed by the custom logo
"rio ": Rio logo only (no custom logo)
"empg": empeg logo followed by the custom logo
"emp " or any other value: empeg logo only
Note that in two of those instances, the fourth byte is an ASCII space character (0x20 hex).

Usually, these four bytes are included as part of a logo file before you upload it to the player. My Empeg Logo Editor software handles this for you automatically.

With version 2.0 and later of the player software, the Rio/empeg company logos are animated.

You can change which company logo appears whenever you like. For instance, if you are running version 2.0 and want to change your Rio player to show the empeg's "waving Tux" animation, select the "Boot with the empeg personality" menu option in the Empeg Logo Editor software and then either send or delete a logo from the player.

Note that the custom Hijack kernel changes this behavior slightly. It plays only one animated logo, regardless of whether the player is set for the Rio personality or the empeg personality. If you want to change the Hijack animated logo, see this entry. For example, if the Hijack animation stays on the screen too long to display your custom logo, you can replace it with a shorter animation, or replace it with frames that are the same as your custom logo.


·  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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