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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? 
·  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?
 (Entry last updated on February 12th, 2003)


The empeg team fully intended to provide VR (voice recognition) from the beginning of Mk2 development. They were evaluating various packages from third-party software companies for inclusion into the car player distribution. However, they ran into some snags along the way.

At one time, they had some promising software running on the player, but it turned out that it was only reliable in quiet environments. As soon as you started putting background noise (such as the road noise from the highway) into the equation, it stopped working well enough to be useful.

Now that the player has been End-of-Life'd, there is no real incentive to pursue it. There's hope that something still might happen, but it's unlikely. An unofficial comment from Roger on the BBS:

At the time, the software available just wasn't up to the job -- it couldn't cope adequately with the noise levels in a car, and it required too much CPU to do the job.

The situation was improving (and is probably up to the job now), but car player development got canned, so we had to stop work on the VR.

One problem ... is that open-source (or free) VR packages just aren't up to the standard of the commercial stuff, and the commercial stuff is expensive to license.

·  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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