Use the following dialog to manage the SD cards:

Open SD-Card dialog

  • 'Extras' > 'System' > 'Read/Write SD Cards'
  • Alternatively, press <F9>.
Open 'Read/Write SD-Cards' dialog

Select stations

The currently selected station will be automatically selected after opening this dialog, if it has an SD-card installed.

Static Group IDs are configured in the Basic Station Configuration.

There are two ways to select stations for the purpose of editing their associated lists:

  • Select a single station from the 'Station ID' drop-down list.

Or

  • Click on the 'Static Group ID' drop-down list and select a group ID between 1…7.
  • Group together into a single group those station that are to use the same audio files
  • Audio files are written to each station simultaneously.
  • All detected stations which fulfil the search criteria will be displayed in the 'Details' list.
'Read/Write SD-Cards' dialog, selected group
'Read/Write SD-Cards' dialog, select station

Checking a file stored on the SD card

  1. Enter a '*.wav' file number in the target selector. Or
  1. Use the arrow buttons to navigate through the audio files.
  • Information about the selected file is displayed in the 'Details' area.
  • The column “description” contains available additional metadata information.
  • If no file is present, the 'Info' column will display '<no file>'.

Uploading a new file to the SD card or overwriting an existing one

  1. Select a file number in the target selector.
  • If '<no file>' appears under 'Info', a new file will be written
  • If the Info tab will display a file information, the file will be overwritten
  1. Click on the icon and select the file you want to upload.
  • The audio file is analyzed.
  • If the audio file is available in the correct format, you will be able to edit various metadata fields.
  1. Click on to start the upload
  • The file is uploaded and the actual state is displayed in the “Progress” bar..
  • Following successful transmission, the 'Done (OK)' state is displayed.
  • The file is ready for use.
Uploading files to the SD card

Read a file from the SD card

  1. Select the file number in the target selector.
  1. Click the icon to start the download from the SD card.
  • The file is downloaded and the actual state is displayed in the “Progress” bar.
  • Following successful transmission, the 'Done (OK)' state is displayed.
  • The “State” column and “Progress” bar turn red in case an error occurs during download, No file will be stored.

The original filename, including original timestamp and metadata will be stored when the correct meta data are present in the wave file (SD card was written by PACE-Design)

All files are downloaded to the PACE-Design directory subfolder Systems\default\SD-cards\<StationID #>_<SD-Card Vendor> <Product> <SerialNo>\.

To open the subfolder perform a <Ctrl><Left-Click> on the read icon .

Cross links to the downloaded audio files were generated automatically.

To open the subfolder of a specific station perform a <Ctrl><Double Left-Click> on the station name in the table of the station list.

Cross links to the downloaded audio files were generated automatically.

Removing a file from the SD card

  1. Select the file number in the target selector.
  1. Click the icon to remove the selected file from the SD card.

Formatting and preparing the SD card

Before data can be written to a newly formatted SD card, the SD card must be prepared for use. This also involves creating directories on the card.

NOTICE
Errors due to a damaged file or damaged file system

No announcement or signal in the event of an alarm

  1. Run the 'Prepare SD cards' function before using the SD card in the system. Only perform the format and prepare SD card command for individual SD cards.
  1. Selecting multiple cards may cause the SD card to fail. This would then have to be removed from the station and formatted using a Windows client.
  1. Use the 'Addressed Stations' filter to select a single station ID.
  1. Check that you have only selected one station in the 'Details' drop-down list.
  1. Select a station in the 'Details' drop-down list by highlighting it with the mouse.
  1. To start the process, click the 'Prepare SD cards' button.
  • The station goes offline, is marked in red, and 'Formatting []' is displayed.
  • The process is finished if the station goes back online and the 'inactive []' state is displayed.

Solving SD card issues

In rare cases an SD card has an issue, and it seems it is not working.

Preparing SD card fails or writing to SD card is not possible.

In these cases, remove the SD card from the station and connect it to your PC or laptop (use a micro SD card adapter).

Download the 'SD Memory Card Formatter' ('SDFormater') from https://www.sdcard.org/. It is strongly recommended to use the 'SDFormater' to format SD cards. Using formatting tools provided with individual operating systems may result in lower performance. After formatting, use the 'Prepare SD-Cards' window to create the 'PACE-Net' specific folders.