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Subject: new user questions

new user questions

From: rinty <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jun 2004 18:23:04 +0100

Hi all, I'm a new user of the rockbox software, and it's certainly
made a difference to me, thanks to everyone who helped develop it. I'm
totally blind, and have it talking, so I get the menus and directories
spoken. I now have an accessible MP3 player, thanks!!!.

I've a few suggestions for future releases, and a few questions.
Again, thanks in advance to anyone who takes the time to reply.

1. would it be possible to add an option to completely disable the
display, whilst retaining the speech? if we could, for those of us who
can't see the display anyway, the batteries would last longer. I don't
know how much difference it would actually make, and clearly that's
got to be a consideration before investing the time in developing the
software, however...

2. I don't know about other blind users, but for me, an option to have
the keys speak what they do when pressed would be helpful. The thing
is that this would need to change depending on the mode that the
rockbox is in, I.E. in the menus the small centre key is the "select"
or "enter" whereas when in the file navigation mode, the function is
slightly different.

3. Is it OK to change the batteries in the archos for some higher
rated ones? although this option is available in the system menu, I'm
wondering if the charger unit would charge them. If not, it's
probably not worth doing, as I understand that taking the batteries
out isn't particularly easy. I've not looked at the options in
detail, I've only just got my unit, however I've got some 2300MAH
batteries, which presumably would increase the playing time of my
archos by upwards of 50%. I also wondered if it was possible to have
the state of the batteries spoken, I.E. how much charge is left in

Finally, At the moment, I appear only to be able to get the archos
either to spell filenames, or to say "file1" etc. A friend told me
that it is possible to get the archos to speak the filenames as words
using rockbox, however he didn't know how to do it. Could someone
help me out with this? I'm not a computer expert: I had to get someone
to install the software for me. I've got my unit to help me to
record lectures and from the radio, and to play music books and
lectures, I very much doubt that I'll ever become a developer.

Thanks again for all your work, and thanks for any answers.

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