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Subject: Re: Blind user needs help with iRiver H320

Re: Blind user needs help with iRiver H320

From: Jani Kinnunen <>
Date: Sun, 16 Oct 2005 08:24:58 +0300

Thanks, Ian! I appreciate your help. It was very helpful.

----- Original Message -----
From: "ian douglas" <>
To: "Rockbox" <>
Sent: Saturday, October 15, 2005 8:25 PM
Subject: Re: Blind user needs help with iRiver H320

>> 1. Could someone tell me what does the other buttons do on the unit and
>> when
>> they should be used? Please describe them in left to right order.
> top left: power on, play and pause
> if your unit is set to recharge via USB, tapping this key twice will turn
> the unit on for PC connection mode. Note that in this mode, the USB
> charging shuts off and you begin to drain the battery.
> If you are currently playing or recording something, it will pause the
> recording until you hit play or record again. If you are currently playing
> a track, it will pause then start playing where you left off.
> Top right: record button
> In radio mode, or recording mode, it will record the radio station you're
> tuned into, or start recording from the microphone or the line in,
> whichever you have your unit set to.
> If you're in music playback mode, the record button is also your
> repeat/shuffle mode setting, ie: repeat/shuffle all songs alphabetically,
> repeat or shuffle this directory/folder only, etc.
> In music playback mode, holding this button in will let you choose a
> different mode: music, radio, record, text, pictures. You use the
> left/right/navi button to select your mode from there.
> Bottom left: power off and stop
> This button stops all playback and recording of whatever you're doing. It
> can also be used to escape navigating files. Holding the button for a few
> seconds powers off the unit.
> Bottom right: A-B button
> In music playback mode, this will set a bookmark called 'A'. A second
> press will set a new bookmark called 'B' and will loop from A to B
> constantly until you tap the key a third time or stop the playback, etc.
> Holding this key in during music playback lets you set the equalizer by
> tapping the key again and again, rock, classic, user eq, bass,
> SAS,TrueBass, etc. Once you've selected a new EQ mode, just leaving the
> unit alone will keep that selection chosen. Note that an EQ setting can be
> done during playback.
> When playback is stopped, pressing this button will load any m3u playlists
> that you have created on the unit. You can scroll through them using the
> up/down and navi buttons.
> You of course have found the up/down navigation keys which adjust volume
> in playback or radio mode, but just to the left and right of the navi
> button are left/right navigation keys as well ... holding them in during
> playback will generally skip through a track like rewind and fast-forward
> buttons.
> holding in the navi button in some modes will put you into the settings
> and configuration modes such as turning off the resume mode, tuner region,
> etc, usb charging mode, etc. There are quite a few settings in here, so I
> won't go into all of them.
>> 2. How I can listen the music I've just transferred? Could someone
>> explain
>> the needed button presses?
> As soon as the unit is powered up, press the 'navi' button, and this will
> put you into the file/folder mode, where you can browse for your music.
> Use the up/down keys to scroll and when you highlight a folder, pressing
> the 'navi' button will open that folder and show you those files.
>> 3. Is the bookmark function (or whatever it was)turned on by default?
> Yes, if you simply power the unit on, it will resume playback where you
> last stopped it. Unfortunately, powering off the unit forgets which
> shuffle or repeat mode you were in, or which playlist you were listening
> to - it simply puts you back at the same track and position where you left
> off.
> To turn the resume mode on or off, power the unit on, hold the center navi
> button in for two seconds, tap the center navi button once, tap it a
> second time, press the right or left navigation key, then press the center
> navi button again then press the stop key (lower left) to exit
> configuration mode.
>> 4. I'd like to record a radio program with the FM radio and the recording
>> function. How that can be done? First the radio should of course be tuned
>> into the correct frequency.
> Power the unit on, then hold the top-right button, record, press the right
> navi button once, then press the navi button. From there, pressing the
> left/right navi buttons will scroll through your saved stations. If you
> press the navi button once, it will turn off the 'preset' mode, and then
> the left/right buttons will let you scan one frequency at a time (97.1 to
> 97.2 to 97.3 etc) Holding the left or right button will put it into scan
> mode - press the opposite button to stop it - that is, if you held the
> right button to scan up into the higher frequencies, press the left button
> to stop it. The scanning will scroll from one end of the frequency range
> to the other in a continuous loop. Once it finds a station, tab the A-B
> button (bottom right) to put it into "save the preset" mode, then use the
> left/right buttons to navigate the number of the preset you want to save
> it as.
>> I really hope that Rockbox would work on this unit
> From what I understand, there are quite a few of us waiting for this.
>> Are there any estimations when the first version of Rockbox
>> would be released for this unit?
> From the rockbox web site:
> Will Rockbox be released for the H300 series? When will it be ready?
> Short answer: when it's ready.
> Longer answer: In mid-August, Linus Feltzing started the process of
> tracing the circuitry of the H3xx series to create a schematic for it. The
> schematic was required before Linus could hook up a BDM wiggler to write a
> Rockbox bootloader for the H3xx series. As of 18 August 2005, he estimated
> that he would have a prototype bootloader for the H3xx series completed in
> "weeks." On 24 August 2005, Linus ran his first BDM wiggler session on his
> H320. Thus, progress is being made on the H3xx bootloader.
> What does this mean? On the H1xx series, it took approximately 6 months
> from the time that a bootloader was written until music playback was
> possible on the player. Just two and a half months later, a huge amount of
> progress has been made, but Rockbox for the H1xx still has not been
> formally "released" and there are still some features that need to be
> implemented and bugs that need to be corrected. What it does mean that
> those who are coding for the Rockbox project will soon be able to work on
> the code for the H3xx series on the player itself and adapt existing code
> for the idiosyncracies of the H3xx. It is likely that the timeline for the
> H3xx series from bootloader to music playback will be significantly
> shorter than it was for the H1xx series because of the similarities
> between those two players.
> Bottom line: this news should not be read to say that there will be a
> functional version of Rockbox for the H3xx series within weeks. However,
> it does mean that progress is being made, and that the rate of progress
> will probably increase in the relatively near future.
> So from their own web site, I'm guessing 6-8 months from August 2005, so
> *maybe* sometime early next year, but that's just my own personal guess
> and hope. I've been watching Rockbox for a number of months now just for
> when they'll start to support the H300 series of players (H320 and H340).
> Hope all of this helped.
> ian
Received on 2005-10-16

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