I have a sonivox speaker for travelling... it can read USB sticks and memory cards. But: Whenever I enter the USB stick, it will always start with the same song. Changing a song takes about 4 seconds. So skipping only 40 songs is gonna take you a while.
Is there some weird way I can't think of, of making the USB stick returning the next song randomly?
I was on the website of said vendor - they don't even list the product there.
It is a latin american product, so I am not that surprised.
In general a device that reads from a USB stick without any options will simply pull it in alphabetical order. The only way to shuffle these songs is to actually rename them before putting the USB stick inside the player.
There are probably scripts you can write to automate this when you plug the USB stick into a computer/laptop but there isn't any sort of universal code that all players will adhere to and be instructed to randomize the songs.
I think the best you can do is to rewrite the filesystem on the USB stick by clearing it out and then adding the files back in a new order. The player would then play them in that order until the next time you do this.
You could shuffle the files' names, or change their ID3 tags, if the player is using that info to decide what order to go in.
But there is no way to really tell a player to force shuffle mode, sorry.
I used the instructions on this webpage to create a bootable USB drive for running Ubuntu 9.10. Unfortunately it doesn't work on my Eee PC.
Even with 'Removable Dev.' selected in the BIOS as the first boot device, the PC just boots into Windows 7.
How do I troubleshoot this problem?
The drive is readable and looks like this:
Directory of E:\
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> .disk
28/10/2009 21:14 222 README.diskdefines
28/10/2009 21:14 143 autorun.inf
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> casper
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> dists
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> install
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> syslinux
28/10/2009 21:14 4,098 md5sum.txt
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> pics
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> pool
28/10/2009 21:14 <DIR> preseed
28/10/2009 21:14 0 ubuntu
26/10/2009 16:16 1,468,640 wubi.exe
25/02/2010 00:28 2,147,483,648 casper-rw
8 Dir(s) 5,290,307,584 bytes free
The problem was that 'removable dev' doesn't mean 'USB drive' (I'm not sure what it is, can't think of any other removable devices that I could connect to this Eee PC...)
As a result, putting 'removable dev' at the top of the boot device list didn't work.
When searching through the boot options again, I went into the 'Hard Drives' menu and found USB in this list. When I moved USB to the top of the hard drives list, the Eee PC booted successfully into the Ubuntu boot menu! You can't prioritise HDDs in the main list, they're delegated to this other priority list. When I changed the Hard Drives list, the main list changed to show USB in place of my HDD's name (NB: without a USB drive plugged in, the PC boots from HDD.)
So, for some reason the Eee PC BIOS thinks of USB drives as hard drives. Well, I guess they're not floppies...
Incidentally, I can't believe how good Ubuntu is compared to my previous experiences of Linux. Really slick. (So far at least).
Verify your USB drive on another machine. I suspect something went wrong during the creation process. If you're looking for an easy way to create boot disks in the future (especially after you have Ubuntu installed ), try the USB Boot disk creator in 9.10.
Ah. Those instructions are for making a bootable CD not USB. Difference there.
Lookup unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/
ps: Have you tried running wubi (I see it on the file list there). It's not what you want... but quite cute anyway!