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    Angry MPXF newbie help

    I payed for the registration on this hopefully its not a waste of money. The demo is so clogged with unregistered nags its painful to just test out.

    My main objective is to play MP3's by ALBUM, so I have playlists for each album. This program works good even though I have to go thru a lot of menus. The problem is after I pick an album to play (playlist), I'm stuck with that until I reboot? Seems redic. How do I get to another playlist, and can't I still listen while scrolling through my playlists? It seems that only MPXF or MPXPLAY runs, not both at the same time. Ideally they should be integrated, maybe this is a DOS limitation. If I press "ESC" I seem to get back to the menus, however I don't have an escape key I have a numberic keypad. This would stop playback anyways which I'm not too keen on. I'm interested in how other people have MPXF running, as it seems to be pretty popular. I was running lorty's player but I got tons of bugs with it.

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    you can remap keys with mpxplay so that a unused key is exit

    read mpxplay.ini and look for key mapping

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    ok thanks I'll try that. What I feared seems to be true, I can't have music playing while choosing what to play next. I can't seem to find a good mp3 setup that works like I need. Oh well MPXF seems the best so far. Too bad I don't program I could make a great mp3 setup that was simple and appealing to most. Every program I get has at least one obvious design flaw.

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    Well the way I'm running MPXF/MPXPlay doesn't use playlists for albums. I have over 2000 tracks on my HD now, and to make a playlist for each album would be a real pain to manage.

    Instead, on my hard drive each artist has a folder. In that folder is a folder for each album with the individual tracks on it. When I rip an album from CD, I have the program make the filename (for each track) start with the track number then the track name.. etc. This way each folder in DOS looks like

    smiths/queen_i~/01_quee~

    When I start MPXF I have it set to play drive D: normal (where my mp3s are) with no pre-loading tags. It takes quite awhile if you pre-load. When MPXPlay starts, the I use the * and / keys to jup forward and backwards through folders and sub-folders.

    In other words */ act as next album and previous album with + - for track skip. Everything is in order and easy to find. Then I can use the keypad to pick songs by specific number. I may not know exactly where something is, but since it automatically loads the folders in alphabetical order I can just guess 500s or so and then step up by album.

    Managing files is easy because of the folder system (I use win98 in dos mode and then 98 proper for file managment.. just drag and drop). I only step back into MPXF (esc mapped to . on my keypad) to search or load a playlist of misc songs.

    Hope that helps someone. It may not be the best way, but I stumbled into it and it works for me.

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    AtomicMass,

    Open up mpxftsr.cfg (I believe that's it) and look towards the bottom of the file. There should be a 'keyboard' section. Here you can set 'Enablekeyboard=True'. Using this, you can push the * key, and it will let you browse the playlist on the LCD. It seems a little buggy... but maybe it'll work out better for you than it did for me. Anyway, give it a shot and let us know.

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    [This message has been edited by vBanshee (edited 09-13-2000).]

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    Im looking into switching over from winamp to mpxf/mpxplay but Ive noticed one big thing that keeps me from switching over. With winamp and IRman I can change playlists directly, that is if Im listening to playlist #2 and I want to listen to playlist #105 I can just press 1 0 5 [load playlist] and be listening to it directly. As I understand it, I would have to press [next album] 103 times before I would reach it. Is there anyway to do this with mpxf/mpxplay.
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    MPXF has a load playlist option.

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    I have a question, If I want to change from Winamp with LCDisplayer and UIR plugin to a DOS based player, is there one that supports this configuration?
    I would like a DOS based player that works with my current LCD (16x2 screen) wiring (inmotion) I have. So far I haven't seen one.....

    Any Ideas?

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    MPXF has a whole section in the config where you define which type of wiring your LCD has, so it works with any LCD wiring there is.

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