Lyra MP3 player drive upgrade

lyra upgrade

This is a hack by the most basic of definitions. Seriously, the tool list is only two items long and the second item is “butterknife”! No real technical problems here; you just need to format your new 80gb harddrive as vfat and then mirror the RCA files from the original 40gb drive. It’s nice to see someone else try this before you go knifing around.

On the topic of MP3 players: have there been any other network attached players besides the Rio Karma?

[thanks ikka]

Comments

  1. cool dude says:

    i have one of these things, but it keeps breaking i have the warranty and i’ve returned it about 5 times and every time they gave me a new one…does anyone have this problem…now all you have to do is install linux on it!

  2. strazzere says:

    rio… haha – i remember my first mp3 player was a rio… rio500 back in 5th grade… 32mb and it connected through the serial port because usb wasn’t the standard… man oh man… good memories haha

  3. Jeff henriksen says:

    Wow just yesterday on the plane i broke my headphone jack on this thing, it fell inside, happens so be carefu. I was just thinking to myself that it time to put in the new hard drive, because i had seen this before here,

    http://www.techolio.com/rd2780_upgrade/

    much better walk through, odd how things just pop up

  4. Joe manno says:

    Wow, I have an OLD lyra lol. rd2201a…. Lost their shitty drive that you need to use for the cf card, and got tired of the small amount of storage. Any chance there is a way to rig an ide harddrive to the cf slot on the old lyra? It would be very interesting to turn old CF mp3 players into modern hdd storage players. If it can be done I would finally have a use for the old pos. THanks

  5. svecias says:

    I have a soniqcast aireo with 802.11b 1.5gb hd, fm transmitter/radio

    it supports wifi syncing through an access point, it doesnt support adhoc mode. i took it apart, im adding a wired remote and headphone amp. i will have pics up when im done. the amp is built, i just need to make the remote now.

  6. Mike says:

    Number 4:

    Possibly. People have done this the other way around:

    http://www.wau.nl/hemeltje/temporary/personal/miscelaneous/cfadapter.html

    So, it’s possibly worth investigating. Good luck, and be sure to do a write up when you’re finished.

  7. Will OBRIEN says:

    Networked mp3 player?
    iPod running ipod linux.
    suports tcp/ip over firewire.

    ipodlinux.org

  8. jan says:

    hey svecias, where did u get one of these aireos? they say, it’s just for oems…

  9. Kerry says:

    Networked MP3 player? Compaq Ipaq Music Center MC-1 (and Kenwood or Escient equivalents). We’ve hacked it and added bigger disks. Check out http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ipaqmusiccenter/

  10. svecias says:

    I got it from a friend for free ;) be bought it for 100$ off bid.com or buy.com or some 3 letter b word.

    ;)

  11. joe Manno says:

    hmmm that might be worht looking into. Now let’s see if I can find an old hdd around, or get someone local to give me an old one. Why oh why did I have to move an hour south to pittsburgh away from all of my computer dork friends who always had old shit to give away lol. If I do learn how to pull it off, I will most certainly do a writeup!

  12. cadpo76 says:

    As an owner of the 20GB version of this model, it seems that this MP3 player is very open and easy to hack. All of the music and system files are visible on the drive, which would seem to make an audio (OGG, AC3) port simple.

  13. brad says:

    I have several mp3 players that are networked, but they aren’t portable if that’s what you were getting at. I have a turtle beach audiotron, a rio receiver, and a modded xbox that all play mp3’s served from a linux server. At one point I had an OmniFi (Rockford Fosgate) receiver that would also stream over ethernet or wifi but I sold it.

  14. Junbuggy says:

    i have a lyrard1021 and need the instalation cd !!!!!!!!!!!1

  15. un4m3d says:

    I have a Rio Carbon Pearl 6GB, and the thing is smaller than 1/5 of my face. I love the little thing but I’ve had to get a few replacements. (always pay the extra 20$ for a warranty)

  16. matteus says:

    mmm. i have the 5g rd2765 and all ive could do it was ti change the backgroun hahaha…. can you show some of it???

  17. john m says:

    Hmm, nice hack – but has anyone seen another for different mp3 players? I personally have an Iaudio X5 and because of my music and its video capabilities, I’m out of (20gb worth) space and 30gb is still too small. Anyone know of a 40gb+ single disk HD that might do the trick?

  18. Daniel says:

    Hey,
    I own a 20gig Iriver PMP-120 and was wondering if you could do the same to it? I’m pretty sure it takes a 1.8″ hdd.
    Thanks Daniel

  19. rob says:

    I have the 2825 Lyra which has been workin really well, but the problem im having is looking for a way to upgrade the hard drive and know the sizes available that I could replace it with. It has a 20 gig hard drive. Been looking everywhere for this upgrade directions ;) Also the link went bad for whatever version of lyra they had directions for here.

  20. Darrick Terry says:

    I have a RCA LYRA RD2762 4G Harddrive and I have lost the ability to read the drive from the computer. I can see the drive but I can’t access it because I think my hardrive has lost the Lyra Application. If anyone can help me with this problem I’d appreciate it very much. You can email me at terrydl@go.com. Thanks

  21. Doc Donn says:

    I have a MP3 RCA Lyra model 2825A 20 GB hard drive and need info on how to open it.
    I plugged 12 volts into it in error.
    Need to see if it can be salvaged.
    Any info can be e mailed to me
    mrdodad@hotmail.com
    Thanks, Don

  22. gus says:

    i have a really old rca lyra model# RD2201A i need the install software if anyone can send me a link or something you can contact me at gusgus684@aol.com….any help is a start..

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