Setting up your Media PC
After installing Microsoft Windows XP or Windows 7, you will want to do a few things to make sure your PC is ready to be a jukebox. Here are some notes.
- Turn of all Windows Sounds
- Adjust Screen Saver Settings to avoid interruption
- Set Windows Update to "Download updates but let me choose whether to install them"
- Set your desktop to a Solid Blue color or insert your logo
- Go to Control Panel>System>Advanced System Settings>Performance>Settings> and select to "Adjust for Best Performance"
- After installing JJ, consider adding it to the Start Menu so the software starts automatically when your system starts.
- Set your system bios to turn on after power failure. This will allow your system to start automatically when plugged in.
Configuring Microsoft Directshow
Microsoft Directshow is the video library that Jukebox Jockey uses to display video. In order to ensure your system has a Required Codecs for Video the following codecs are required when playing video formats via Jukebox Jockey.
If you've started with a fresh install of Windows and then you've installed the above codecs, then videos should play correctly inside of Jukebox Jockey. But if you've installed various software onto your PC, you might have other programs which are causing the incorrect codec to be used when Jukebox Jockey goes to play your video file. Some users need to tweak their settings using the following utility. You want to make FFDShow the default codec.
- The latest versions can be found at http://www.jukeboxjockey.com.
- Download and install the software onto your computer using the installer.
- You can uninstall using the Windows control Panel> Add or Remove Programs
- Make sure you have deactivated before uninstalling.
Adding Support for Apple Formats
For AAC including M4A and other Apple Formats please follow these instructions.
- Download the AAC plugin from the un4seen developments website. www.un4seen.com/bass.html#addons
- Drop the bass_aac.dll into /Jukebox Jockey [Edition]/Plugins/Bass/.
Importing Your Media
The first thing you need to do is successfully import your media into Jukebox Jockey. Check out our page on Scanning Media for help.
Some views may not work properly if you media wasn't scanned correctly. For example, decades may not be right or may be empty. Or maybe your cover art isn't showing properly. That's OK! You just need to figure out how to tell us how you've got your media organized.
Check out your media in various ways by browsing through the buttons on the top menu of the software. There are over 50 views included with our software. Figure out which ones work for you and then edit your menu to fit your needs. Otherwise, go to our forum and ask us for what you want. Our view definition system allows us to create new views (like "plugins") to display you media in the way you like.
Securing Your PC
Jukebox Jockey has the ability to run in what is often referred to as "Party Play Mode". The only difference is Jukebox Jockey Media Player Pro has the ability to have multiple users with multiple permissions settings. This advanced functionality makes Jukebox Jockey perfect for uses where some users should have access to certain functions and others should not. To lock Jukebox Jockey, simply log in as the "Guest" or "Party Play" user.
- Click or touch the box below the request list that says, "Current User:" followed by the currently logged in user. It's likely to be "Admin".
- If you are logged in as the Administrator you will be presented a list of users. Note that the Home edition only has two users (Admin and Party Play). Select "Guest" or "Party Play" and choose OK.
- Your Jukebox will be logged in as the user which prevents unauthorized access to your PC. You can customize the permissions for each user in the Users Configuration.
With advanced functionality comes a learning curve. But, once you grasp the concepts of our media player you'll understand how great it is (at least we hope so!). Make sure you refer to our User Manual to gain full knowledge of Jukebox Jockey's main features.