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General / Re: Is it worth reviving the PhatHack Forums?
« Last post by Terry_Kennedy on April 12, 2022, 09:03:39 pm »
In my case (and the reason I came here) is that I have been running a PhatBox in my 2003 BMW since the car was new. The PhatBox has been hacked and I've been using a 320GB WD Blue hard drive in the DMS. For the last few years (8, actually, according to the date of the newest MP3 file in the DMS) the whole thing has been in a state of benign neglect (AKA "it just works").

But I've gone through a number of different Windows versions (I'm now on Windows 10 LTSC 2019) and I was faced with needing to reinstall all of the various bits I use to populate a DMS. I'll spare you the gory details of how I populate the DMS, but I will say that I use:
  • PhatHack (to prepare the DMS)
  • AT&T Natural Voices (text to speech engines for PhatVoice)
  • PhatVoice (to actually generate the album / artist name speech)
  • PhatNoise Music Manager 2.35 (to sign the playlists and update the database index)
I decided I was going to experiment with a mSATA SSD in an IDE adapter, because that poor WD Blue has been on some terrible roads, as well as drives across open desert and up mountains where there are no roads.

I first tried a simple copy of my 320GB DMS data to a mSATA SSD, but that has been showing some problems - appearing to work well at the beginning and then just speaking text at random. So I'm going to have to backtrack and see if I can create a traditional IDE DMS. If that works, I'll get back to the SSD experiments. This does involve my whole music chain from CD image bin + cue files to TOC files and MP3 files, and then writing them out to the DMS for PMM to sign and build the database. Part of the problem there is that a lot of my local procedures are written in Perl and don't work under modern FreeBSD + Perl.
General / Is it worth reviving the PhatHack Forums?
« Last post by Terry_Kennedy on April 12, 2022, 08:45:55 pm »
It has been a long time since anyone posted on these forums.

I'm trying to see if there are some lurkers still around who have an interest in using these forums to discuss the Phatnoise PhatBox / Kenwood Music Keg and possibly expand into other types of unusual non-factory audio systems.
PhatBox Hacking / New Phatbox Owner Help!
« Last post by Eric99 on October 28, 2021, 10:55:55 am »
Hello, I am the new owner of Phatbox. I got the phatbox from a friend and bought a dms drive, but I don't have any software for my Kenwood radio on it. What do I need and where to download them? I've read about Phatbox hacking but don't know how to do it. Please help :)
Phatnoise Media Manager / Re: Place to download PMM 3.92 ?
« Last post by cupnoodles on October 13, 2021, 03:32:36 am »
Phatnoise media manager

Phatnoise music manager
Phatnoise Media Manager / Re: INFO: Availablity of PMM and the servers that support it
« Last post by nackuk on December 26, 2020, 11:47:37 am »
In case anybody out there is wondering Phatnoise Music Manager and the DMS work really great with windows 10. Just plug in the usb and install the software and the DMS will be recognised without an issue. Its really great once more.

A little bit late, from my experience ditch the windows 10. I have not (along with some others here) had any luck with Windows 10. I use VBox VM's of Windows 7 Home for the DMS tools and XP for the PMM 1.87 I have.,5392.0.html
Also talks about similar issue with Windows 10.
Buying and Selling / FS: Kenwood Music Key KHD-C710 (Audi A6) 80Gb
« Last post by eddy123 on November 02, 2019, 12:20:36 pm »
Well not sure if this is to any interest for anyone but have one for sale which I should have sell in 2016 when I removed it. I have the long Audi cable, 80Gb disk (DMS) and USB cradle. Further I can add all the related Phathack files if interest and AT&T Natural Voices. Its still cool to use anno 2019! :-) ps I'm in Europe!
I am trying to create a new DMS using a 240GB mSATA SSD with IDE - mSATA converter.

All runs smoothly until the at the last moment when the progress bar finishes and the message Your New DMS is ready is displayed, then windows shows an exception - Data error (cyclic redundancy check). - see attached text file. Then the PhatHack DMS Tools just hangs...  If I eject the DMS (in Windows), or choose to "quit" after Windows reports the exception error, and then remove the DMS.  When the DMS is put back into the cradle - the DMS isnít recognised by DMS Tools it hangs, and so too Windows says there are two local drives but hangs if I try to access them.

I if take the SSD out of the DMS and connect it to my Mac I can see that the Phatsys and Phatdata are there along with what looks like all the files, but the Phatbox doesn't recognise the DMS.

I've tried several times (each time reformatting the SSD to FAT32 using my Mac before starting again) and always exactly the same result, also running Windows in Safe mode and it's still the same.

I am using Windows 10 (with all updates installed), and running PhatHack DMS Tools (Elevated Rights) as administrator.

If anyones still out there and has any ideas.....
Here's the non-activation version of PMM 3.92 (it asks for details after install on first startup, but doesn't try sending anything).

I just downloaded it and installed it on my machine:

PhatNoise Media Manager v3.92 Non-Activation
Ah, not sure what's happened to, but I'll get you a link.  There's a lot of installers up for different version, I just can't remember what's what!
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