The FAQ section is broken up into three separate categories. The categories address general questions about the
application ( What? ), information specific to using openfi ( How? ), and
commonly asked questions about openfi's design ( Why? ).
Have a question that is not answered here?
Please contact James Corcoran to have your
questions added to the FAQ.
In Hard Disk terminology, the "root" folder is the "first" or "main" directory/folder
which encompasses all other folders and files on then disk. It is usually the very first folder
you see when you click on a drive letter (such as E:\) - Lumkichi
Openfi can be downloaded from the SourceForge File
Release System. You will need the latest Base Install Package as well as the latest App Package to
get started. Visit the setup section for guides on how to setup openfi on your
Openfi has support for music loaded through the Simple Center software (shipped with the DMP1)
as well as MP3's which are loaded directly to the DMP1's hard disk. It is suggested that you copy
your MP3 files directly to the DMP1's hard disk. If you choose to use the Simple Center software,
keep in mind that when you synchronize your songs they are being converted to a proprietary
format. If the files on your computer are ever lost, recovering from the copies which are on the
DMP1's hard disk is nothing short of a headache.
If you wish to use Simple Center to synchronize your music, please follow
the instructions included with your installation CD or visit the
omnifi website for more information.
If you wish to load your mp3 collection directly onto the DMP1's hard
disk, please refer to the 'Play' section of the
Of course! If you have already synchronized your music collection with SimleCenter,
or would like to continue to use SimpleCenter to manage your music, feel free. Openfi has
the ability to read the SimpleCenter-written databases. Remember, openfi cannot play WMA
files (loaded directly or synchronized from SimpleCenter).
Yes. When scheduled wireless synchronizations take place the face plate does
not turn on. Openfi will detect this state and allow the stock software to connect
to SimpleCenter on your computer and perform it's scheduled sync.
Yes. Openfi does not replace the stock software. If you wish to load SimpleCenter
for any reason, simply choose the "Load SimpleCenter" option from the main menu. This
will load the stock software as if nothing had been modified.
Delete the contents of the 'transfer' directory. Be sure you are using the latest release
of the Base Install package as well as App package. Extract the Base Install Package into
the 'transfer' directory, then do the same with the App package. Be sure to replace any
existing duplicate files from the Base Install package with the ones from the App Package.
Connect the hard drive to your computer, create a directory called Music_Collection in the root of the
hard disk, and copy your MP3 music collection into the Music_Collection folder you created. After you
have copied your collection to the Music_Collection folder, place the hard drive back in the car's
caddy, and load openfi to begin playing.
To remove openfi from your DMP1 simply remove the files which were
copied onto the hard drive during the installation process.
All of the openfi files should be located within the
directory. Deleting the contents of this folder will completely remove
openfi. Deleting these files will result in any customizations being lost.
For a guide on how to create playlists for use with openfi, please refer to the user submitted
Playlist Creation Guide.
Playlists can be made with WinAmp. It's essentially just a list
of files with the proper relative paths. An easy way to keep the paths straight is to make a folder
in Music_Collection where you store your playlists (e.g. "Music_Collection\_Playlists" - the underscore
keeps it at the top). Then every path in the m3u files will start with "../".
The only thing that you need to be careful with (other than the obvious absolute vs. relative path
issues) is that the directory separators have to be forward slashes "/". Windows defaults to
backslashes "\", but a simple search and replace fixes that problem with very little effort. A tool
for resolving slash and path problems in m3u files is available from the
Omnifi Yahoo Group in the
files section. It is called m3uFixer.
A number of users have had this problem, it seems that USB hubs on some computers don't get along with
the provided USB cable. It is suggested that you purchase a small (6 inches) USB 2.0 A to Mini B cable.
These cables are available online for about $3. Another possible fix is to connect the provided cable to a
powered USB 1.1 hub, but this will obviously affect transfer speeds.
As of 02/02/06 openfi is not yet able to browse files while playing a song. This is due
largely to complexity of the task. Openfi is currently being redesign from the ground up.
Currently available alpha versions of the redesigned openfi have full support for such
functionality. In other words, it's in the works!
openfi is constantly being improved. With these improvements comes change. Unfortunately sometimes it
is difficult to keep up with these changes. If you happen to find something that is not correct or needs
updating please contact James Corcoran.
openfi loads itself after the stock software so that there is no chance of permanent damage to your
hardware. openfi is risk free.
One of the openfi project's main goals is to completely replace the SimpleDevices software. We
currently are unable to do so because the SimpleDevices has neglected to produce the source code
they modified. SimpleDevices modified software which was freely available under the
GPL. Under the GPL, they are required to
release their modifications. We are waiting. Click here for more