Judging from the number of comments that I received about this Red Fox MP3 FM modulator, I think I might put in a few pointer about using this device.
The Red Fox MP3 modulator that I bought could use both the SD/MMC Card as well as USB flash drive. The size limit for SD/MMC card is 2GB, while for USB thumb drive 4GB is usable. So far the USB drive that I tried that has no problem with the Red Fox MP3 Modulator are:
- Dell (M-system) 512MB
- LG 512MB
- Kingston 2GB
- Toshiba (U3 enabled device) 4GB
Some people (including the sales guy) reported that they had some problem with the PenDrive. IMHO, it could be the dual partition that is causing the MP3 FM modulator to misread the correct partition, that’s why some salespeople recommend to reformat it. But I think that would not do the trick because even after reformat, the partition still exists. You need to remove the partition. There are two partitions because it is used by PenDrive for you to secure the data by providing a password feature similar to that of U3 enabled flash drive. I believe the partitions can be removed. A quick check at the PenDrive website did not reveal how it could be done. Since I do not have PenDrive to play with the suggestion here may or may not work.
You could plug in the PenDrive into your PC, and use the Windows Disk Management (right click the Computer icon on your desktop, click manage, and look for Disk Management). See if you could remove the partition and reformat from there.
Another thing to watch out is that there should not be other file types especially at the root location. If you really have to multi-use your thumb drive, I would suggest dumping your other files into a subfolder, hopefully it would not confuse the MP3 FM modulator player.
Some people suggested replacing the fuse. I don’t see any reason why it needed to be done. Perhaps the cigarette lighter socket gave out too much power and power surge the device? I’m not too keen on opening up my device just to check see if there is any fuse inside. But so far I have no problem with the power supply from my car cigarette lighter socket.
Just for the readers’ idea, this is my current setup for using the Red Fox MP3 FM modulator:
- Kingston 2GB – enough to store 350 songs at 160kbps bit rate.
- I don’t mix with other type of files
- using folders to separate albums was no problem at all and good for organizing the mp3 files
- so far so good, I just left the MP3 player in the socket with the thumb drive plug in while starting the car.
Best of luck to all you users who plan to play MP3 in your car using the Red Fox FM Modulator!