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Subject: Re: Newbie questions

Re: Newbie questions

From: gizz <>
Date: Thu, 14 Nov 2002 18:42:58 +0100

> Hi!

Hi there

> I hope this isn't too much of an intrusion. You folks seem really busy
> working on bugs and adding features to your software! Keep up the good
> work!
> I just purchased a Archos Jukebox Recorder 20. I spent a lot of time
> reading about the software that Archos provides and it's limitations
> before I bought but decided to buy anyway. Then I found reference to
> Rockbox and was encouraged.
> I have yet to begin using my AJR20. I am trying to decide how to begin.
> I have read your FAQ and user documentation and poked around a bit in your
> archives. I feel like I'm coming in in the middle, though.
> So I have a few (probably foolish) questions I'm hoping someone will be
> patient enough to answer for me:
> 1) should I start right off with Rockbox or get familiar with the Archos
> software first?

Thus, you won't waste your time with archos firmware..
What is cool with rockbox, is : if you don't understand some feature, or
want to request a new one,
or even, add yours, you simply *can* do it.
Rockbox is an open source project, build by open mind people :)

> 2) I have ripped all my CD's to MP3 on my computer using MusicMatch and
> plan to copy the files to the AJR20. (Is that the proper way to get my
> CD's onto the AJR20?) When I do this(which I'm fuzzy on exactly how to do
> it but assume once I jump into it that it will become clear), will all the
> album info be available on the AJR20 or do I have to enter it (Seems
> awful if the latter is the case)? I've got some CD's that I'll have to
> enter the info for manually and I don't want to do it twice.

I do the same.
One tip : file your albums in a hierarchically built tree (ie :
\Rock\AcDc\Powerage\*.mp3 etc...)
Avoid storing lots (more than 300) files in a directory.

> 3) Some things I've read have made me nervous. I'm afraid I'll 'do it
> wrong' and somehow break the unit! Many of the negative comments I read
> seemed to indicate I could 'ruin everything' if I didn't do everything
> 'just so'. This has made me cautious and I'm waiting for a time when I can
> devote an afternoon (at least) to the steep part of the learning curve.
> Are my fears justified? One of your FAQ questions indicates you haven't
> been able to harm your units with the software you're writing but are
> there other ways to harm my AJR20?

Well, maybe you'd better avoid daily build versions of rockbox, waiting for
the gurus to finish Write support.
Try the release (1.4?) in the mean time.

> 4) This question is probably beyond the scope of this list but I'll ask
> anyway... when I record a cassette do I have to record each track
> separately or can I break it into tracks after it is recorded? I guess I
> envision something like the following:
> - use the AJR20 to do the recording of one side of a cassette (or
> LP?)
> - put the big file onto the PC
> - use <something> to break it into tracks
> - ID the tracks (by hand I presume)
> - copy them back onto the AJR20
> Does this make sense? Do you folks suggest what the <something> might be
> that I can use to separate the tracks? (something like 'Cool Edit'?)

Hmm sounds good to me..

> I'll stop there until I hear from someone that it is ok to ask questions
> like this (or not) in this list. I apologize if answers to this type of
> question are available somewhere and would appreciate a pointer to where
> that might be.
> Thanks for being patient with a new, and probably too cautious, user!
> I'm greatly encouraged by the professional behavior of your development
> team and look forward to using Rockbox!

You're welcome, there are many high-skilled rockbox gurus on this ML (errm
not me indeed :)
they'll respond to all your technical questions with no doubt..

> Cindy

Received on 2002-11-14

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