View Full Version : Newby Alert: Can't load music library

Patrick Dixon
2005-04-03, 05:20
I think 'normal' practice is to use a directory structure like:

C:\AUDIO\artistname\albumname\tracks.flac (or wav)

(I'm not sure if this is what you've done).

You can then use 'server settings>formatting>guess tags formats' to set a
'backstop' naming convention. You'll definitely need this with the WAV
files, as they contain no tags at all, but you should be able to set FLAC
tags as part of the ripping process. Or use a tag editing program like
Tag&Rename to add/edit them manually later. Slimserver will pickup on the
tags and recognise your music, or use the 'guess tags' in the event of no

If you're in the UK and want help ripping your music, feel free to contact
me off-list as I'm just setting up a service with the emphasis on quality
(audio and otherwise!).

HTH, Patrick.
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Subject: [slim] Newby Alert: Can't load music library

OK, So I'm almost certainly missing something silly here, but help would
be much appreciated. not been able to find appropriate help in the archives

I have a Windows XP Pro machine, SP2, 600MHz P3 processor, 384MB memory,
using Firefox browser.

I'm just at the very beginning of using all this stuff: I've wanted for
some time to be able to set up a music library on a PC server and stream it
to various PCs around the house, and also into the stereo. Classical music,
and audio quality, are important to me so I really want to do this lossless.
So now I read about Squeezebox2, FLAC and Slimserver and I think "great", I'
ll give this a go.

But before I spend money on the Squeezebox and a new HDD, and a *LOT* of
time ripping 400 CDs, I thought I'd better get the setup and process right
first. So I've set up a simple server (spec above), not doing anything
else. I've downloaded Slimserver (6.0.0) and Softsqueeze (and EAC and FLAC
for ripping/compressing).

I've ripped just 3 CDs as a test: 1 as WAV, 2 as FLAC files (separate
files). Each CD is in a directory under C:\AUDIO (it will be a separate
disc if and when I'm confident that this works!). I can see all the files
in Windows Explorer, and play or decode them with WMP or FLAC.

I've installed and can run both Slimserver and Softsqueeze. I've used the
"Server Settings / Music Folder" box to point to the Audio folder (and
clicked Change). I've clicked Rescan . and waited . but still I get told by
Slimserver (or Softsqueeze) that I have no music in my library.