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  • Is there a way to make a laptop think its an mp3 player?

    I have a laptop with road runner front end ( doesn't matter), and I was just wondering if there is a way to make it so if i hook it up somehow to my desktop comuter, that it will be recognized as an mp3 player or something so i can update songs to it through windows media plyer or itunes or something?

    Or is there just some other software that makes this possible? Sorry if this is an overplayed question.

    thanks in advance!


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    By the way, my laptop has approx 6gb of hard drive space for mp3's and I have over 25Gb of music on my computer.. So i would like it to be kind of randomized..

    any one have any ideas?

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    • #3
      through your thread title, this seems ubsurdly stupid.....but now that i understand what you mean.....you basically want a syncing tool.

      As I undertsand there is not one that I know of that works with WMP direcly, however there are several playlist sync tools available.

      i'm not sure of a random sync tool.
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      • #4
        Yeah It doesn;t need to be specifically used with media player, i would actually prefer it not to be used with that, i kind of dislike it. but yeah, i just need a syncing tool..

        any ideas?

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        • #5
          Why don't you just map its HD on your desktop, it will just look like any other local drive.
          You might also want to look at Karen's Replicator, I use it all the time, it is not automatic thoug, you should find it here http://www.karenware.com/powertools/powertools.asp.

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          • #6
            isnt there something built into windows called My Briefcase? i could swear that its for syncing files between computers.. but i dont know if thats just for stuff like text documents. try it out. click start then run and type C:\WINDOWS\system32\syncapp.exe

            i havnt tried it yet... and to add in with that... im not sure im even thinking what youre thinking

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            • #7
              I think i just have to get a bigger HD for my laptop. because i want the tool to pick 6 gigs of random music from my 25 gb collection. but i doubt there is a tool that does that. SO i just need to geta bigger hd. thanks though guys.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BCrowie
                isnt there something built into windows called My Briefcase? i could swear that its for syncing files between computers.. but i dont know if thats just for stuff like text documents. try it out. click start then run and type C:\WINDOWS\system32\syncapp.exe
                Microsoft ditched My Briefcase starting with Win2000. IT was a piece of **** anyway.
                Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                How about the Wiki?



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                • #9
                  well how do you guys make it so your carputer updates your music colection via wi-fi or whatever everytime you come home?

                  A program like that would probably work for me... thanks!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DarquePervert
                    Microsoft ditched My Briefcase starting with Win2000. IT was a piece of **** anyway.
                    hmm...... not from what ive seen. i have windows xp media center edition and it has my briefcase in it... its not very visible.. you have to find it in the system32 folder

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DarquePervert
                      Microsoft ditched My Briefcase starting with Win2000. IT was a piece of **** anyway.
                      Did they replace that with synchronizing? I use synchronizing between my laptop and desktop to keep all my pictures... there is about 2 gigs of them... it can take up to 1 or 2 minutes to synch them if nothing has changed, but you would only have to do it every once in a while.

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                      • #12
                        I don't know of a program that will randomly sync over a certain amount of files/songs, but you may just want to look into putting together an external usb HD. Just go online and get a small 2.5" 40 or 60GB HD or something and an external case.
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                        • #13
                          microsoft sync toy is a nice syncing app, lost of features, can be run with command line, and configured for autoplay (using tweakUI) or windows scheduler.
                          http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/d...powertoys.mspx
                          Would need a little customization for random,

                          wmp10 integrated sync works well with USB thumb drives, and using smartplaylist can randomize. not sure if it will work with a mounted network drive (laptop-desktop), if not probably a way to fool wmp10 sync that a network drive is a removable usb drive.

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                          • #14
                            Was also going to mention WMP 10. Currently use it to auto sync audio files over to a 1GB CF card for my pocketpc. Just played with it a little and couldn't get it to recognize my external USB hard drive as a "device" to sync with so not sure if it'd work with a mapped network drive or not. I notice on mine it does recognize my dvd drive as well as a virtual dvd drive (for mounting ISOs) on my laptop as devices that it can use so maybe he could make use of those --> On desktop sync to a CD-RW or DVD-RW and then use any regular sync program on laptop to transfer from the CD/DVD to it's HD.

                            I also use Synctoy a lot and love it. Could use that to transfer files from the burned CD/DVD to the laptop.
                            Nick
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by BCrowie
                              hmm...... not from what ive seen. i have windows xp media center edition and it has my briefcase in it... its not very visible.. you have to find it in the system32 folder
                              OK. So Micro$oft tossed it in a corner and and forgot about it.
                              Have you looked in the FAQ yet?
                              How about the Wiki?



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