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rio car dot org FAQ (Frequently Asked 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?
 (Entry last updated on February 27th, 2002)

If unshuffled songs aren't playing in the correct order, select View/Details in Emplode. Select the playlist that's giving you trouble, and make sure you can see the "Position" column on the screen.

If you can't see the "Position" column, you might have to change the size of the window, or the width of the columns. In Emplode 2.0 and later, you can also right-click on the column headers and select the "Columns" option to activate and deactivate specific columns.

After you can see the "Position" column, click on the word "Position" at the top of the column and it will sort the screen by position. Now Alt-drag the songs up and down in the list until they are in the desired order.

Note: The above applies to the playlists, themselves, too. To control the order of playlists, view them by position and Alt-drag them up and down in the list.

If you want to make sure that the songs are always placed in the correct order when you first drop them onto Emplode, make sure the files are named correctly on your PC's hard disk. They should be in alphanumeric order with the track number as part of the file name, and the track number should precede the song title. For instance:

Rush - Moving Pictures - 01 - Tom Sawyer.mp3
Rush - Moving Pictures - 02 - Red Barchetta.mp3
Rush - Moving Pictures - 03 - YYZ.mp3
Rush - Moving Pictures - 04 - Limelight.mp3
Most MP3 creation programs will save your MP3s as those file names by default. If you need to globally rename all of your MP3 files at once, MP3 Tag Studio will help you do this. Also highly recommended is Tag&Rename, a Windows utility which will (in recent versions) retrieve tag information from the Allmusic.com database.

Emplode versions 1.02 and later will sort by file name when you drop a folder onto Emplode. Emplode versions 2.0 and later will sort by file name when you drop a folder or a selected group of songs.

Note: By default, changing the "position" order of songs and playlists will alter their playback order, but not their alphabetical position in the player's "Playlists" menu. If you wish for the player's menu screen to show the playlists in position-order instead of alphabetically, there is an option in the "Configure Player" screen in emplode, on the Advanced tab. Turn off the "Sort playlist menu by title" option and synch. Use caution, however, because this makes it hard to use the numeric shortcut keys on the remote control when navigating the playlist menus.

·  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? 
·  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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